Ardith Ahrens McDonald, age 98, completed her earthly journey on April 28, 2017. A native of Iowa, she lived most of her life in Warner Robins and Milledgeville, Georgia.
She is remembered as a faithful military wife and loving mother and grandmother, who loved flowers and kept a small garden at each duty station. She was a Red Cross blood drive volunteer for nineteen years, and recently became a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. When asked, she would reply that working jigsaw and crossword puzzles kept her mind sharp. She was an experienced photographer and leaves an extensive legacy of family photographs to be cherished by her survivors. Her memories and experiences of living through the Great Depression shaped and influenced her lifestyle. Frugality and conservation of resources were her normal. Watching the Atlanta Braves and listening to her music brought her great pleasure.
Ardith McDonald was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Ahrens and Stella Lake Ahrens of Story City, Iowa; sisters Dorothy Adduci (John), Naomi Larson (Peter), Velda Ambos (Glenn), and brother Marvin Ahrens (Florence), and her husband Major Myron L. McDonald.
She is survived by daughters Kathleen McDonald Chandler (Lynwood), Andrea McDonald Smith (Charles), Margaret McDonald Bradshaw (John) of Xenia, Ohio, and grandchildren Paul Wesley Chandler (Audra), Lesley Chandler Reynolds (Harold), Jennifer Megan Smith, Molly Smith Walker (Rett), and Adam Ross Bradshaw (Heidi). Six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
A private family service will be followed by interment in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.
Please sign the online guest book at heritagemfh.com.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home of Warner Robins is in charge of arrangements.
Published on May 1, 2017