Mary Marguerite McDonald

November 16, 2018


For those of us who have had the privilege of knowing Mary it is with great sorrow to announce her passing on November 16, 2018.  For the last few months she has been battling cancer as she has lived her life, on her own terms.  Those of us close to her consider ourselves blessed to have had her in our lives.  Her kindness and wit have enriched us all and made us better for it.

Mary was born in the Dominion of Newfoundland in 1937 to Robert Inkpen Hollett and Ruby Hollett of Great Burin.  She worked with her father, a manager at Bonavista Cold Storage, as his assistant; as an RCMP Second Man with her husband during many of his postings; as a Mother; and as a statistician with Fishery Products.

Predeceased by her husband Donald Hugh McDonald, RCMP Retd. (2016), her sister Jean Bowden Hollett (1981), and her brother Hugh MacDougall Hollett (2018).  Survived by her daughter Dawn McDonald, of St. John’s, her brother Malcolm Winston Hollett of Burin, her niece Heidi Kinnear (daughter of Hugh) of Merlin, ON. and many cherished family and friends.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Monday, November 19 from 10 – 11 a.m. Funeral service will be held at The Carnell Memorial Chapel on Monday, November 19 at 11 a.m. with interment to follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in Mary’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To send a message of condolence please visit



10 - 11 a.m. on November 19, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Monday November 19th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
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Dear Dawn,
You are in my thoughts. I always enjoyed our little chats about your Mom. May the love & support of family & friends, bring you comfort.

Dear Dawn and Family,
We are so saddened to hear that your beloved mother has passed. You are in our thoughts and prayers in these days.. She will live on in your heart and we ask God to hold you in the palm of His hand today and in the days to come.
Love and Hugs
Daphne and Tom Hansford
Deep Bight

So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Sending so much love to you at this time.

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s death. She was such a lovely lady, always with a smile. I always enjoyed dealing with her and your Dad at the bank. I hope your cherished memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead.
RIP Mary.

Dawn ,

So sorry to hear about your mom. She was always so full of life , love , and humour whenever she came to visit the clinic. Thinking of you and sending lots of love your way .

Brooke, Roy , and Owen

Dawn, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Mary was definitely one of a kind and will be missed terribly. Thinking about you and sending love your way.

Winse and Pearl,
So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We met only a few times, but she was a lovely lady.
We are with you both in spirit.
Lol and Sharon.

Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was such a fun-loving, generous soul. She will be missed xo