Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Services for Maggie

This is Maggie's official announcement

Mary Margaret (Maggie) McDonald passed away February 15, 2014 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family and by the love of so many people throughout Maggie’s World.
Maggie is survived by her parents, Steven and Sally McDonald and her big brothers Edward and Timothy. Her extended family includes her grandmother Carmel Coghlan and her grandfather Edward McDonald and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Maggie was a remarkable young woman in every sense of the word. She lived in the moment and entertained everyone with her smile and laugh and her ability to tell the same jokes over and over and over again. No one laughed harder at those jokes than Maggie.

Maggie was lucky enough to have a wide circle of friends and supporters. People knew her and  went out of their way to say hello to her. She made everyone’s day better every day.  Though Maggie didn’t quite make it to her 20th birthday, she touched more people than those who live five times longer.

The celebrations of Maggie’s extraordinary life include a Vigil Service Thursday February 20 at 7:00 PM at McAvoy and O’Hara at 10th Avenue and Geary Blvd in San Francisco and a Memorial Mass on Friday February 21 at 10:00 AM St. Mary’s Cathedral, Geary and Gough Streets, San Francisco. (wheelchair access from the parking lot)

Please consider wearing some bright colors to reflect Maggie’s joie de vivre.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Family Advisory Council at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital so that they can continue to support other families the way they supported us. Maggie received amazing love and care there throughout her life, particularly during this last week when it drew to a close. Checks should be made to UCSF Child Life with FAC or Maggie McDonald in the memo line and mailed to 505 Parnassus Ave., M181, Box 0210 San Francisco, CA 94143 or if you prefer to make it online use the form at the following address. Check the box that say "other" and type in BCH-Family Advisory Counsel. https://makeagift.ucsf.edu/site/SPageServer?pagename=A1_API_GeneralGivingForm&Primary=Benioff%20Children%27s%20Hospital  


  1. Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. I send you love and peace.

    I am so glad that we could share Maggie in her amazing prom dress on BLOOM.

    Hugs to you and your family! xo

  2. Thanks for including all the readers!

  3. Sally, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful daughter, Maggie. I know she has brought joy to you, your family, and many others. In working with you in the Family Resource Room, I have seen how your stories of Maggie, your warmth and openness, have touched strangers and friends alike.
    Wishing you strength and peace in your memories,

  4. I wish I could be there to celebrate Maggie's wonderful, joy filled life, but sadly being in the UK it's just not possible. However I wish you and your family much love, and hope you have some idea of how much Maggie meant to so many people who never even met her, let alone those lucky and privileged enough to do so.

    I keep coming back to your announcement, unable to accept and believe that she is gone. I cannot begin to comprehend how it is for you and your family, but please know I will be thinking of you now, and in the days and weeks to come, and specifically as her memorial service takes place. She, and you and your family, are held in many many hearts.

  5. Sally, I am so sorry to hear about Maggie. I've been out of the blog loop but I've thought of Maggie and you often, always remembering Maggie's amazing spirit and smile. Sending you love and peace.


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