Jessie Mae Redd Macdonald
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August 17, 1925 ~ October 22, 2016

She knew no stranger and showed all, Christ-like love: true Charity.

Jessie Mae Redd Macdonald, born August 17, 1925 in Blanding, UT, passed away at the age of 91 on October 22, 2016.  

Jessie Mae was the daughter of Ancil Rey Redd and Louise Ann Elliott Redd.  Jessie had four brothers and an older sister.

When Jessie was five years old, her father Ancil was killed in a horse race accident during a July 24th celebration. She and her baby brother, Eugene, and four older siblings grew up fast with the responsibilities of caring for the family. 

She attended Blanding Elementary School, where she found a love of reading.  When she was learning to read, she would go up to the post office and read to the postmaster.  He had great patience. 

Jessie served in various church callings as a young girl in class presidencies and the primary.

She had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and of service to others. 

She attended San Juan High School.  She excelled in business, drama, acting, English and writing.  Loving acting, Jessie had the opportunity be a movie extra and danced with Henry Fonda in the film My Darling Clementine that was shot in Monument Valley. 

She graduated from high school as the valedictorian and was accepted to Dixie College. 

While at Dixie College, she first met her future husband, Kenneth Preston Macdonald. Ken’s sister DeLenna was Jessie’s roommate and introduced her to Ken while he was on furlough from World War II. 

Ken and Jessie reacquainted after the war at a Dixie College reunion and were soon married in the St. George LDS Temple, June 24, 1949.  They have been married for 67 years.

After graduating from Dixie College, Ken and Jessie attended Utah State University.  Jessie majored in Home Economics, Clothing-Textiles and related arts and minored in Business. 

She graduated from Utah State University, Suma Cum Lade–4.0 and received the National Phi Kappa Phi award.  Later Jessie certified in library science.

Ken and Jessie were offered jobs at a high school in Layton, UT and a year later, teaching jobs became available in Blanding, UT. The family moved from Layton to Blanding to assist Jessie’s mother, Louise Redd. 

Jessie taught on and off at San Juan High School in library instruction, business and home economics. 

Jessie had one stillborn baby, Ann Marie and three living children:  Marta Macdonald Curran, Scott Kenneth Macdonald and Paul Redd Macdonald. Her family was her joy in life.

She gave many years of service well into her 70s in the Relief Society, both on a ward and stake level as president, counselor, committee member and visiting teacher.

She is survived by her sweetheart of 67 years Kenneth Macdonald; three children, Marta (Grenade) Curran, Scott and Wendy Macdonald, Paul and Lisa Macdonald; 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

Services will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the Blanding North Chapel.  A viewing will be held prior to the funeral service from 9-11 a.m. at the San Juan Mortuary. Interment following in the Blanding City Cemetery.
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