Dorothy Carter McDonald

December 3, 1927 ~ July 21, 2018 (age 90)


Dorothy Carter McDonald, 90, died Saturday July 21, 2018.  Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m.  in the atrium of First United Methodist Church, Florence.   The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July, 25, 2018 in the Church Sanctuary with Rev. Dale Cohen officiating.  Burial will be in Florence City Cemetery.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she was active in the music department, United Methodist Women and Spiritual Growth studies.

She received BS and MA degrees in Art Education at Florence State Teacher’s College where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and the Delta Mu Chapter of Kappa Pi.   She taught studio art and the Humanities at Deshler High School, Tuscumbia; Coffee High School, Florence and Faulkner University. Her portraits and landscapes are represented in Universities, museums and private collections throughout the Southeast and Northeast, as well as in the homes and civic buildings in this area including all artwork in the Indian Mound Museum.

She has illustrated books; particularly her husband’s and created the Bluewater Publishing Company Seal. She taught studio art at home and high school to many including Huntsville Museum’s art work of Jon Paul Stevenson.    She also taught her daughters and nieces, Paula, Beth, Edna; and nephews, Oliver Carter and Jeffrey McDonald.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lindsey McDonald; parents, Edward Lacy Carter Sr. and Alma Thora Hall Carter; brother, Edward L. Carter, Jr., nieces and nephews, Dorothy Joan and Oliver Carter, Phillip McDonald and Paula McDonald Crews.

Survivors include daughters, Nancy Carter McDonald (Pat), Notalsulga, Al and Suzannah Lee Parasiliti (Brian), Florence; sister, Katherine Carter Yarbrough of Florence; brother, David Hall Carter, Sr. of Gulfport, MS.  Grandchildren, Carter M. Buttram, Lindsey Buttram Middleton, Andrew McClellan, Amanda McClellan Hale, and Michael McDonald Backensto; step-grandchildren, Brianna P. Williamson, Anthony and Brian Parasiliti, Jr.; great- grandchildren, Will Middleton, Mark Middleton, August Holloway, Colton and Harper Williamson.   Her Carter nieces are Paula, Beth, Edna Mary and Rachel and one nephew, David Hall Carter, Jr.; numerous McDonald nieces and nephews; numerous cousins including one very close cousin, Marianne Hall Rainey.

The family gives special thanks to Dr. Michael Mitchell and Debra Jackson for their many years of loving care. Other caretakers include Mary Nell Krieger, Brenda Krieger, Diane Chaney, and Sarah Bennett for their time of care.

Pallbearers are Carter Buttram, Andrew McClellan, Michael Backensto, Cory Hale, Anthony and Brian Parasiliti, Jr. Honorary Pallbearer – Scott Middleton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local Humane society or to the First United Methodist Church in Florence.

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