Wanda Hall McDonald passed away in her home Friday February 28, 2020. Wanda was born November 9, 1929, in Washington Utah to George Albert Hall, Jr., and Vera Muriel Thayne, near the beginning of the great depression. Her mother died just five years later. Grandpa Hall soon remarried to a wonderful woman we knew as Grandma Cuba, who turned her life over to raising Bert Hall’s six kids.
Wanda was baptized at the age of 17. At the time the font used for baptisms in southern Utah was at the St. George Tabernacle, however the tabernacle was undergoing renovations, so the only other font available was in the St. George Temple, which is where she was baptized.
Wanda attended Dixie College where she was elected the D-Day queen. Her brother fixed her up on a blind date with a young man that was getting ready to leave on his mission. This young man, a guy named Ralph McDonald, took mom on a date the day before he went into the mission home in Salt Lake. They must have liked each other because the next week he snuck out of the mission home to take her on another date. They wrote to each other faithfully for the two and a half years Ralph was in Brazil. While Ralph was gone he proposed to Wanda, and Wanda got to know Ralph’s parents. They told Ralph that they liked Wanda so much that if he didn’t marry her then he was out of the family because she was now family.
Wanda and Ralph were married in the St. George Temple, December 23, 1953. They started their family while Ralph served in the military in Panama. Soon after, they built a house in American Fork, and later moved to Pleasant Grove. They are the parents of four children, Susan Chestnut (Craig), David McDonald (Vicky), Marcia McDonald, and Kent McDonald (Laurie). They have 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Viewing will be held at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be Friday March 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Mahogany First Ward, 408 W 1300 N, Pleasant Grove, Utah, with a viewing at the church building immediately preceding the funeral from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery following the funeral services.
Thank you to all who have visited and assisted in any way during mom’s last few weeks. Your expressions of love are very appreciated. Thank you to the Mt. Mahogany First Ward Relief Society who have been so faithful in furnishing meals during mom’s long illness, and a special thanks to the priests who have brought the sacrament each week.
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