Alvina McDonald

Alvina Margaret McDonald, 95, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Cedar Hills, Utah, formerly of Portal and Minot, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in a Cedar Hills assisted living center.

Alvina, the youngest child of Charles Louis and Elodie (Calsyn) Caussyn, was born July 21, 1918, near Woburn. She attended a country school but was forced to quit after eighth grade following the death of her father which necessitated her going to work to support her mother.

Alvina was united in holy marriage to William “Buster” Wallace McDonald on Sept. 27, 1939, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bowbells. They made their home in Portal for over 42 years until moving to Minot in 1981 to be closer to medical care.

Alvina was a social butterfly. She loved to visit and always had coffee and pastries ready for guests. She had a ready wit and loved to laugh Her most special memories were playing International with friends in Portal. She was a life-long member and a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Church in Portal and its Parish Altar Society until moving to Minot. In Minot, she was a faithful member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church. She made many close friends in Portal and Minot and continued to socialize with them after the death of her husband in 1986.

In 2002, Alvina moved to Cedar Hills, Utah, to be closer to her only child, Charles. After breaking her hip in 2006, she entered into assisted living, where she lived until her death. She was active in St. Peter’s Parish in American Fork, Utah.

She will be deeply missed by all who shared in her life.

She is survived by: her son and daughter-in-law, Chuck (Earlene) McDonald, Cedar Hills, Utah; grandchildren, Michael McDonald, Salt Lake City, Utah, Cathleen (Dean) Stutzman, Idaho Falls, Idaho, David (Melanie) McDonald, Summerville, S.C., and Steven (Michele) McDonald, Woods Cross, Utah; 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews she dearly loved.

Alvina was preceded in death by her husband; parents; great-grandson, Charles Douglas Stutzman; sisters, Mary Dhuyvetter, Celine Caussyn, Emma Deconinck, Clara Altringer, Augusta McClelland and Annie Hedstrup; and brothers, Emil and Theophial Caussyn.

Mass of Christian Burial: Will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Portal.

Interment: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Portal.

There will be no reviewal, however, family and friends are invited to sign a memorial book one hour prior to the start of the Mass.

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(Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot)