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Frances Deane Thomas McDonald

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Frances Deane Thomas McDonald, 88, wife of the late Rev. Ramon E. McDonald Sr., an Elder in the BWC, died Feb. 5, 2017. A funeral service was held Feb. 9 at Mt. Zion UMC in Lothian.

Frances Deane Thomas was born April 25, 1928, in Moorefield, W. Va., to the late John and Elizabeth Thomas. She attended Marshall College in Huntington, W.Va.

She enjoyed a diverse career as an auditor for the Register of Wills, a librarian, and a substitute teacher in the Anne Arundel County school systems. She was a 62-year resident of the Annapolis area.

McDonald served with her husband during his ministry years: the West River Circuit 1959-64; Seat Pleasant (now Gethsemane) UMC from 1964 to 1969; Trinity UMC in Annapolis,1969 -1980 when he was transferred to Chevy Chase UMC for a short time until he took a leave of absence in 1981. She continued to be supportive as he began an independent evangelism ministry, REM Christian Ministries, Inc. in 1983 that he directed until he retired in 1991.

Best of all, McDonald enjoyed her vocation as a wife, mother and grandmother. She particularly enjoyed taking photos and journaling her families' lives.

She was predeceased by her husband who died in 2012 after their 65 years of marriage.

Survivors include two sons, the Rev. Dr. Ramon (Carolyn) McDonald II and Timothy (Lori) McDonald both of Harwood; one daughter, Deana (John) Deans of Davidsonville; 10 grandchildren, including the Rev. David Deans, pastor of Oakdale Emory UMC in Olney; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to Rev. Ramon McDonald II at 4286 Warthen Drive, Harwood, MD 20776.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 122 Bayard Road, Lothian, MD 20711; or Trinity United Methodist Church, 1300 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401.