Charlotte McDonald

Charlotte R. McDonald

1931 - 2021

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Charlotte McDonald, lovingly known as "Babe," was a very kind and giving woman who would go without to make sure everyone else was cared for around her. She would hesitate to spend a nickel on herself but was always giving to others. Incredibly thoughtful, she also always made sure to personally write letters and cards to everyone to ensure they knew they were special to her. Born on January 11, 1931, to Arthur and Charlotte Ross, Charlotte grew up in Buffalo with her Brothers Arthur, Albert, and Charles. Charlotte’s middle name was Ruth, which led her brothers to give her the nickname of "Babe”; after the baseball player and because she was the baby of the family. Babe would start her own family when she met the late Earl McDonald, whom she would marry and share many years together. They met at a party and Earl asked Babe to peel him a grape. When she actually attempted to peel a grape for him, he knew she was the one for him. The two would be blessed with four children; Elizabeth, Earl, John, and Donald. Babe loved her family and would do anything for them. During hunting season, she would wake up at 3 AM to make a large breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, fried turnip, toast and several pots of coffee for her husband, sons, and their families to ensure that they had the energy for the long days. Babe was then also blessed with the addition of thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Before Christmas, Babe would make large batches of “Kris Kringle” cookies that were a family favorite. She would “hide” them just well enough that finding them and sneaking a cookie became a beloved adventure for her grandchildren. She adored and doted on all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family was essential to Babe, and she loved them more than anything. When not caring for her family, Babe enjoyed various activities. She loved music, especially bagpipes and would never miss the Scottish and Canadian tattoos when they were playing on PBS. She liked keeping a clean house, even cleaning up beforehand if anyone was coming to help her. She also loved to read, finishing five to six books a month. She often read to her children when they were younger, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She read so much that she would even exchange full shopping bags full of books with her cousin. A true Buffalo Bills fan, the only person Babe ever hated was Don Shula, the coach of the Miami Dolphins during the 70s and 80s. If all else failed, one could find Babe enjoying sweets, especially Scottish shortbreads and Ice Cream, which always brought a smile to her face. Charlotte or "Babe" was the sweetest person you could ever meet. She will be remembered for her love of her family and kindness to all. McDonald, Charlotte R. “Babe” (nee Ross) September 16, 2021 of Buffalo, NY. Beloved wife of the late Earl L. McDonald; devoted mother of Elizabeth (Patrick) O’Brian; Earl (Barbara), John (Donna), and Dr. Donald (Elizabeth) McDonald; cherished grandmother of Aaron, Emmett, Devin, Kelly, Sarah, Phillip, Benjamin, Joseph, Matthew, Gregory, Charlotte, Clementine, and Andrew; also survived by many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Friends received on Tuesday from 4 – 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. Where a funeral service will immediately follow at 7 PM. Please leave online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Tuesday
21
September

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Tuesday
21
September

Funeral Service

7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919