Evelyn F. Donaldson

86c5347a53b046b51[1]Evelyn F. Donaldson, 90 of Clarion, formerly of Clintonville, Pa died Wednesday October 14th at her home.

Born March 6, 1925 in Clintonville, she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Doris Sweetapple Hoffman.

She was married May 29, 1943 to Leslie D. Donaldson also of Clintonville. They were married for 55 years.

Evelyn graduated High School at Clintonville. She also attended the Beauty Academy in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Donaldson worked as a beautician in the mid 40’s thru the early 50’s. At this time she took a position at Wall Mfg in Grove City where they manufactured soldering irons and blow torches. When Wall made a decision to move to Kinston N. C., Evelyn moved there to set up the entire assembly line. She completed her career as a foreman with Wall in 1966. At this time, her husband Leslie Donaldson, who worked for Cooper Cameron in Grove City from 1951 – 1966 took a Field Service Technician position which took him and his wife Evelyn to various parts of the World (Alaska, New Orleans, Kuwait, Peru, Pakistan, and Nigeria).

Mrs. Donaldson toured the world around her husband’s travels.

Evelyn was a former member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Clintonville. She was a member of the Eastern Star Parker, Pa Chapter 56, Ladies Auxiliary Clarion American Legion Post 66, past member of the Rebecca’s in Emlenton, and a member of
the Clarion Red Hatters.

As a girl she played Basketball at Clintonville High School.

She began camping on the Clarion River in the late 40’s. This grew into a “love of river life”. At every chance, Les and Evelyn would return to the good old Clarion River and their numerous river friends. When Les retired they purchased a camp and turned it into a wonderful home. In the 80’s, Evelyn became involved with a wonderful group of friends in the area to play endless bridge. One never dared to schedule anything else
when a game of bridge was scheduled. She also became very much involved with the Clarion Senior Center where she became friends with a group of ladies and gentlemen. She could not wait to join them on a daily basis for exercise, lunches and day trips.

She is survived by a son, Leslie D (Corky) Donaldson and his wife Christine of Butler, Four grandchildren, Angela Snyder of Brookville and her husband Dave, Mrs. Wendy Merrill of Beaufort N.C and her husband Ralph, Ms. Tammy Ridge of Largo, FL, and Mrs. Channing Kline of Butler and her husband Robert. She has 11 Great Grandchildren Tony Polatty, Kelly and Gavin
Huntsberry, Christopher Hansford, Raelie and Sophia Ridge, Kylie and Keegan Bracken, Tyler, Daniel, Andrew Kline, and 2 great great grandchildren, Lilly and Michael, and several nieces and nephews.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie, a sister Erma Hitzman, an infant brother Harry Albert Hoffman, and a great granddaughter Emily Ridge.

Visitation will be held Larry E. McKinley Funeral Home
Clintonville, Pa Sunday October 18, 2015 (2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00).

Service will be Monday October 19, 2015 at 11:00 am at McKinley’s Funeral Home The Rev. Gary Donaldson of Waterford, Pa. will officiate.

Interment will be in the Clintonville Methodist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Clarion County VNA Hospice 271 Perkins Road Clarion, PA 16214.

To send condolences online visit mckinleyfuneralhome.net.

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