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Mary Shirley Land McDonald

Mary Shirley Land McDonald, 82, peacefully and quietly left this mortal life at 5:11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2018. The family would like to invite everyone to the funeral service at Morehart Mortuary on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at 2 p.m. Her friend and pastor, Rex Boggs will be officiating. There will also be a visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at Morehart Mortuary.

She was born on Sept. 6, 1936 in Kilgore, Texas. She attended schools in Livingston and eventually made it to Breckenridge. On Aug. 27, 1955, Shirley married Ely Weldon McDonald at Rose Avenue Baptist Church in Breckenridge. Shirley worked as a machinist for 20 years, building parts for planes in the Vietnam War. Shirley was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing Bingo and loved spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Albert Land and Oma Minor Land; her husband; one son, Ely W. McDonald, Jr.; four brothers and one sister.

She is survived by two children, Brenda Chrisman and husband Chris, James McDonald and wife Norma; one daughter-in-law, Karen Kelley McDonald; four grandchildren, Callan Kelley, Billie Gail Hight, Jamie Kay Speer and husband Jesse, Jeremy Bibby and wife Tanya; seven great grandchildren, Bronson, Hunter, Emma, Zaryn, Jared and wife Emilee, Jacob, Benjamin; one great grandson, Jax; one sister, one brother and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Villa Haven and the nurses with Solaris Hospice for their gracious and expert care of Shirley.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels and may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at

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Breckenridge, Texas 76424

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