Marian Lee McDonald, 88, of Chillicothe, Mo., died Sunday evening Nov. 25, 2012, at Livingston Manor Care Center, with her family by her side.

Marian was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Sampsel, Mo., the daughter of Pres and Mary (Litton) Bills. On July 18, 1942, she married Earnest E. McDonald in Gallatin, Mo. He preceded her in death.

She attended Kirk Rural School in Sampsel Township, and graduated from Lock Springs High School in 1942.

Marian and her husband always worked side by side in taking care of their farm. She enjoyed looking after the cattle, gardening, and spending time with her family.

She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha Sue Gaston; four grandchildren, Vicki Vadnais and husband Chad of Chillicothe, Janet Cramer and husband John of Ludlow, Mo., Kevin Gaston and wife Mandy of Chillicothe, and Janelle Rader of Chillicothe; 15 great grandchildren, Alisha Corbett, Ashley Peniston, Audrey Vadnais, Calvin Vadnais, Caleb Vadnais, Jacob Vadnais, Clayton Vadnais, Caitlin and Garrett Cramer, Mallory, Laney, and Lucy Gaston, Hunter, Sheldon, and Carter Rader; five great great grandchildren; and two step-great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earnest; and an infant sister.

There will be no visitation.

Friends may call at the funeral home to sign the book from 12 noon until 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Heritage Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe, Mo.

Memorials in honor of Marian McDonald may be made to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church or Saint Luke's Health System Hospice, and left at the funeral home or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. On-line condolences may be left at

Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.