Mary Macfarlane MacDonald, age 97, passed Wednesday, August 18, of complications due to age. She was born to Erastus Heyborne Macfarlane and Lillian Higbee on September 19, 1920. Mary was married to Graham D. MacDonald Ill in 1939 and was sealed to him in the Salt Lake Temple in 1994. They had three children, G. Duncan, Robert and Lauren.
A lifelong resident of Cedar City, she attended schools in Cedar City, graduated Magna Cum Laude in the 1960s from CSU (now SUU), and studied and performed in many productions headed by Roy R. Halversen. She sang and played for recitals, weddings and funerals, and was violinist/violist in the Cedar City String Quartet for over 50 years. She studied to become a Ceramic professor at U.S.U. in Logan, Utah, Mills College and California College of Arts and Graphics, both in Oakland, CA, and then returned to CSU to teach ceramics for fifteen years. She served as Lady Lion’s Club President, Cedar City Fine Arts Guild President, Cedar City Music Arts Chairwoman, and as board member of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. She was the recipient of two prestigious awards from SUU in 2000 and 2001.
Mary was a ‘true renaissance woman’ and that ‘her talent and taste have made a profound difference in our culture.’ Besides her pottery, she was an accomplished painter, creator of stained glass and many forms of sculpture, a weaver, architect consultant, musician, chef, and above all, a ‘mom’—being superb at everything. An active member of the LDS church, she served in many and varied callings.
Upon Mary and Graham’s return to Cedar City in 1971, after living in Wyoming for seven years, they designed and built their dream home of barn wood and lava rock, as to be near and view their dear ‘Red Hill.’ She lived in Layton, Utah for three years at Legacy (now Fairfield) Retirement Village where she gained many loving relationships and excellent care. She then moved to Kaysville to live with her daughter and son-in-law and on to Apple Tree Assisted Living until her passing.
Mary was predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, two sons, her parents, four brothers and one sister. Surviving is Lauren Varney (Jim); daughter-in-law Kathleen, nine grandchildren, Kristin Burk (Nathan), Graham D. MacDonald V (Caralyn), Dan Varney, Wendy Smith, Erik Varney (Victoria), Joshua Varney (Mindy), Calvin MacDonald (Kristina), Mary Elizabeth Simons-Adams (Shane), and Andrew Varney; 25 great-grandchildren; and five (two more coming) great-great grand-children. Our family thanks the Brighton Hospice Care and Apple Tree Assisted Living workers and residents for their superior and loving care.
A viewing and funeral will be Wednesday, August 22, at the Kaysville Crestwood Chapel, 1039 East Crestwood Road, Kaysville, Utah. The viewing at 9:30 and funeral at 11 am. A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 23, in the Cedar City Cemetery.
,.,.For I know that my redeemer liveth and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.N Job 19:25