Violet McDonald

February 4, 1934 to June 11, 2018


It is with the heaviest of hearts and love we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of Violet McDonald (nee Groves) at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home, on June 11, 2018, aged 84 years.

She has now entered into a gentle eternal peace. Waiting to greet her in heaven, her husband Dermot (Derm) McDonald (1989); brother Richard Groves (2000); sister Margaret Pippy (2015) and many other loved family and friends.

Lovingly remembered with broken hearts Violet will be mourned by her only daughter and best friend Regina Russell; son in-law Glenn Russell; her pride and joy, grandson, Tim Caudle; loving sister Carol Ann Costello (Bob), brother in-law, William Pippy, and many special, close nieces and nephews, especially her nephews: Frank Pippy (Margaret) and Gerard Power (Linda Bowring). She loved you all so much and was lovingly known as “Auntie Bee” or “Aunt Vi”.

Also leaving her many lifelong friends; the management and staff along with her resident friends at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home where she’s resided since April 2018. She loved being there and her final weeks were very happy. Leaving also her friends at Bayview Heights Manor, her home for 3 years, especially Carol Ann & Derek Toope and PCA Roxanne Sullivan. Thank you to everyone who helped mom these past few months, you’ve allowed us more quality time with her.

Violet was a life long employee of Crosbie Job Insurance where she retired happily at age 65. She loved her crossword books, was an avid sports fan, loved a game of cards, long chats on the phone, but her best times were spent laughing and enjoying life with her sisters and family. She was a very strong woman who never gave up, never gave in, and has instilled this strength in her family.

At Violets request cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, NL on Thursday, June 14 from 2-9 p.m. No funeral by request. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Topsail Road on Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m.

Momma loved her flowers, they will be gratefully accepted or donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation NL or Diabetic Association of NL.

“Those we love won’t go away, they gently walk with us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.” Fly high with the angels momma, love you always!

Although you’re gone, I’m not alone,
And never shall I be,
For the precious memories of the bond we shared
Will never depart from me.

Our love surpassed the ups and downs
And helped us along the way,
And that same love will give me strength
To manage this loss each day.

On my mind and in my heart, you shall forever be,
For just as much as I am a part of you,
Mom, you will always be a part of me!




2-9 p.m. on June 14, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Friday June 15th

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

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Our condolences and Sympathy to you , Regina and your family. Very Sad to hear this. Our prayers are with you. She will join my Love one in Heaven

I just heard of your mother’s passing from Craig.
Mom’s are such important and special people and I wanted to let you that you are in my thoughts.

With sincere sympathy to you and your family,

We are all so sad for your loss and know it’s not an easy journey to say goodbye to such a precious person in your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your pain. She is in a good place now with those that love her. Stay strong, lots of love from Ottawa xo

The world has lost a great person. Auntie Bee was a strong woman with a big heart. She loved a good laugh and I have fond memories listening to Mom, Auntie Margaret, and Bee rolling laughing, arguing over someone not following suit at cards, and loving one another as sisters do. Regina and Tim, take comfort in your memories and the deep love that she had for you both. RIP Auntie Bee……see you when we all meet again. XO Jill

Dear Regina and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss of such a special mother and grandmother.
Jim, Leslie and Rosie

Sincere condolences to you and your families Regina , Thinking of you at this difficult time , memories are precious ,keep them with you always . HUGS !!

Sincere condolences to you and your family Regina. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Donna and Steve Melee

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Dear Regina, Carol Ann and families
Our deepest condolences on your loss. I have fond memories from times past. A great lady who will be missed by many.
Clare & Mike Sikorsky

I’m so sorry, Regina for your loss. My & thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Your mom was a beautiful lady . She will be missed. Hugs!!!

Regina. So sorry to hear about your mom .