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March 8, 2023

Shirley E. MacDonald, beloved wife of D. Douglas MacDonald, of Ripley, died at Brucelea Haven, Walkerton, Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at the age of 77. Born in Toronto, June 4, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Ilene (Starret) and Cy Lawton. Dear mother of Andrew (Diane) MacDonald, Sheena (Bob) Houghten, Stefani (Mike) Simpson, Ian (Holly) MacDonald and Meagan (Fred) Labbate. Greatly missed by grandchildren, James, Courtney, Alex, William, Alayna, Ethan, Airk, Lochlan and Piper. Also survived by her brothers, Garry (Donna) Lawton and Cy (Anna) Lawton; and sister, Linda (Marshall) Walker. Predeceased by her sister Irene (Jack) MacDonald. Shirley attended both public and high school in Kincardine and in 1971, she and Douglas were married. She worked in an orphanage in Toronto for three years, was a private nanny, helped Douglas with their dairy farm and also worked in the Ripley Library for 25 years. She loved travelling, cooking, baking, sewing and reading. But above all else, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Following Shirley’s wishes, cremation has taken place and private arrangements have been entrusted to the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley. Donations to the Purple Grove Community Centre are greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Condolences may be left on-line at