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Imogene "Winnie" MacDonald

Fayetteville, AR, 1928 - 2022

Imogene "Winnie" MacDonald died peacefully on April 27, 2022, at her home in Butterfield Trail Village. Winnie was born Oct. 29, 1928, in Wolbach, Neb. She graduated from Hastings High School and attended Mary Lanning Nurses training. She later attended Hastings College graduating in 1951, with degrees in Nursing and English.
After graduation, Winnie wanted to see the world and joined the Air Force, where she was stationed at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyanne, Wyo., and later served in the Korean War. During the war, Winnie spent time in Japan and the Philippines, where she worked with the MASH units to medivac wounded soldiers out of Korea.
Still in the Air Force, she returned to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in September of 1954, and a month later, she met her future husband, Harold MacDonald, to whom she married two months later. In June,1955, Winnie left the Air Force to start a family, raising five children and settling in Fayetteville.
In May 1979, Winnie earned a master's degree in political science from the University of Arkansas. In September of 1982, at age 50, Winnie started Law School at the U. of A. graduating in 1985, and going on to practice law for 20 years before retiring.
Winnie was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harold MacDonald. She is survived by her children, Bruce MacDonald (Laurie), Linda Priest, Sharon Donnelly (David), Neil MacDonald (Sally Lynn), and Debi Sherrill (Jim). She has twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Winnie loved her family and enjoyed family gatherings at Thanksgiving and annual beach reunions. A dedicated Nurse, she was very proud of her nursing profession and her military service. Like her 30 years of nursing, her law practice was dedicated to helping others, an accomplished woman in so many ways.
A memorial service will be held at Butterfield Trail Village on June 4, 2022 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
The Harold and Imogene "Winnie" MacDonald Memorial Ward
1 University of Arkansas
525 Old Main
Fayetteville, Ark., 72701.
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Published May 29, 2022

Moore Chapel
206 West Center Street, P.O. Box 1149, Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 479-442-7314