Nancy Margaret Davis McDonald, PhD, 79, of Simpsonville, South Carolina and formerly of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
She was born Feb. 1, 1942, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to Harold Louis “Beano” and Emma Margaret Claflin Davis. She was raised in Madison in the Catholic faith and was a member of Prince of Peace Church and a 1960 graduate of Shawe Memorial High School. She was a 1969 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor of arts in English and she received her Masters Degree in 1970. She attended Vanderbilt University to work on her doctorate and completed her PhD at Florida Atlantic University in 2013. She married Aaron McDonald in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on June 10, 1972, and they had a daughter. She began a 38-year career teaching English at the University of Cincinnati and Owensboro Community College, then taught English and Astronomy at Western Kentucky University and later for 22 years at Palm Beach State College where she was Professor of English and Honor’s Liaison. She co-owned and co-operated with her husband McDonald Engineering Corp. in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for 20 years. She had a passion for astronomy, writing, piano, needlework and was an avid reader. She held memberships in Phi Kappa Phi, Mensa, Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Fraternity and the National Collegiate Honors Council. She never lost her love for her hometown, Madison, and enjoyed writing a column in The Madison Courier for several years. She was a founding member of St Ignatius Loyola Cathedral Parish. She loved her German Shepherd dogs, studying genealogy and collecting rocks and fought a gallant battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She enjoyed living in Florida but had most recently moved to be near her daughter in South Carolina.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 49 years; her daughter, Victoria Claflin McDonald Cottle of Greenville, South Carolina; a granddaughter, Katherine Taylor McDonald Cottle Alexander; and two great grandchildren and several cousins and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Anne Davis “Bird” Potter, in 2007.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Interment will follow in the Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison, the Guatemalan Maya Center in Lake Worth, Florida and/or the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.