A memorial service for Elenor MacDonald will be held at 1 p.m Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery Shelter with Father Tom Fiske of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church officiating.
Elenor “Ellie” Wright MacDonald, 82, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 of complications from colon cancer.
Elenor Elaine Wright was born on July 5, 1930, in Munnsville, N.Y., the daughter of Harold Edward and Ethel Hurd Wright. She grew up on a farm, one of seven children. Ellie graduated from Stockbridge Valley High School in Munnsville, N.Y. Ellie married John “Jack” MacDonald on Nov. 5, 1949 in Camden, N.Y.
They had two children, a boy and a girl. They moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1958, where Jack worked in road construction and Ellie found employment as a postal clerk. After Jack retired, Ellie transferred to the Post Office in Gillette to be closer to her grown children and grandchildren living in both Denver and Gillette.
When Ellie retired from the Post Office, both she and Jack traveled, living in Tucson, Ariz., before moving permanently back to Gillette.
Ellie enjoyed time with her family, traveling, gambling in Deadwood, S.D., and Las Vegas. Her hobbies included reading, jewelry making and knitting. Ellie enjoyed Bible Study.
Ellie is survived by her daughter, Jude (Ed) McDonald of Gillette; her daughter-in-law, Karen MacDonald (Jerry Anderson) of Littleton, Colo.; her grandchildren: Shawna McDonald (Scott McWilliams) of Gillette, Katie MacDonald (Jeremy Laue) of Longmont, Colo., and Colleen (Arthur) Uspensky of Chicago, and her great-grandchildren: Willow Hinckley, Reed Hartmann and Tanner Hartmann, all of Gillette; her siblings: Adrian Wright, Earl Wright, Charles Wright and Eunice Wright.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack, her son Darrell James MacDonald of Littleton, Colo., her brother Cleon “Barney” Wright and sister Ethel Ellen Bennett.
It was Ellie’s wish that memorial gifts be sent to Hospice in memory of her son Darrell James MacDonald. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the Internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.