By Bob Weaver

Louise McDonald was a 20th century Calhoun woman who came from Kentucky. I will always remember her for the overwhelming kindness in her southern voice, her gracious smile and her dedication to the children and people of Calhoun County, not to forget her family. She has died at the age of 96.

She taught in Calhoun County Schools for many years, retiring in 1968.

I will also remember her as a woman that survived many losses, two of her sons dying early in life. Many Calhouner's will remember them. Lt. James Logan McDonald died in a training mission in 1964 over the Atlantic, his body never to be found. Another son, John, a civil engineer died of leukemia in 1973.

She survived two husbands. Her first husband, Dewitt Clay McDonald a physician, died at the age of 31. She later married Logan McDonald, both of Calhoun County.

Louise was engaged in the community beyond her service to the educational system, a member of Knott's United Methodist Church and several local civic groups, active during her time.

Her two other children, Bob of New York and Nancy Street of Charleston, survive.

The old McDonald home on Main Street was recently sold, purchased by news and sports reporter Gaylen Duskey, who has returned to his roots in Sunny Cal. The stately two story house must represent many memories for the McDonald family, secure the old house will now be maintained by Gaylen.

She never lost her gracious sensitivity and southern ladyship, making a life-long contribution to our mountain county.

Funeral arrangements and obituary under OBITS.