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McDonald, Norma J.

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December 16, 1946 - April 11, 2018

McDonald, Norma J.

Norma Jean McDonald passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at her residence in Irving, Texas at the age of 71.

Norma was born December 16, 1946 in Steele, Missouri to Marvin “Mac” and Marie McCollum. Because her father was career Army, she grew up all over the world including Germany, but graduated high school in Roswell, New Mexico in 1964. She received a bachelors degree in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Arkansas where she met her husband, James Shaw “Mac” McDonald, Jr.  Norma and Mac were married March 4, 1967. The couple relocated to Irving, Texas in 1973. Along with her sister, she turned her love of books and reading into a thriving business, Echo Paperbacks, which was a staple in the Irving community until 1999. Besides her love of books, she enjoyed playing bridge with friends, Linda, Kathryn and Alice, as well as playing the odds at her favorite casino.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years Mac McDonald, her two daughters, Kathi Awtrey and husband Chanse of Saginaw, Texas, Jean Kenney and husband Butch of Tomball, Texas and grandchildren Andrew, Chaeli and Brenna, as well as her sister, Francis Hurt and husband Chet of Grand Prairie, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 3:00 pm at the Aria Irving Memorial Chapel.




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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061

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Julie Cabe

April 16, 2018 3:39PM

Fondly remember babysitting with ahi and Jeanie when we were all at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Norma and Macky lived in Carlson Terrace. What a quick wit! She will be greatly missed.