Josephine McDonald

The Payette Independent
Thursday, March 13, 1924


After a lingering illness of several months duration, Mrs. M. E. McDonald passed away peacefully at her home on March 10th, 1924. Josephine Huxford was born in Montezuma, Park County, Indiana on December 17th, 1856, and was sixty-seven years of age at the time of her death. She was married to Eugene McDonald of Central City, Nebraska on May 14th, 1879, and in April, 1891 moved to Payette with her husband and little daughter, making her home here until the time of her death.

Mr. McDonald her husband, her daughter Lura (Mrs. Charlie Smith) and one granddaughter Rowena Smith, both of Gooding, one brother and three sisters all of Central City, Nebraska, Mrs. Smith and one sister, Mrs. Donald Clother (who was Miss Dora Huxford) were with her at the time of her death. Services were held from the Methodist church, where it seemed as if the whole town were gathered to pay their respects to a dear and well loved friend. Interment was made Tuesday afternoon in Riverside cemetery, Rev. Hall of the Methodist church officiating. The casket was hidden by the beautiful floral tributes heaped upon it.

Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Methodist church, to which she gave not only willing hand and feet, but what is worth infinitely more, a loving and loyal heart. She also belonged to the Eastern Star. She was a woman known to all, her many years residence her active life and her friendly spirit and made of her a part of the community in which she lived and her absence is going to leave an empty place in many homes. To her husband we can only offer our silent sympathy.

Mr. McDonald has broken up his home and left Thursday for Gooding accompanied by his daughter and son. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Smith with whom he will make his future home. So two more of our pioneers have gone away.