Margaret Brockbank McDonald

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Margaret Brockbank McDonald (1916-2006)

Margaret Brockbank McDonald was born in Holladay and schooled in Salt Lake City. Although she and Wellington knew each other in high school, they didn’t start dating until after her graduation from East High School and her studies at Choinard Art School in Los Angeles. Their marriage in 1938 was just the beginning of a life time of love, service and delight in learning from this remarkable couple – traits they have passed on to their two children, Blair McDonald in Texas, who has a Ph.D. in Psychology, and Kam Capik of Modesto, Calif., who has a Master’s degree in Education.

Margaret can tell many stories of her volunteer services with the Blind Center and the Red Cross. During World War II, she drove a Red Cross Blood Bank truck, but her most poignant stories have to do with the blind and deaf children she drove to the Primary Children’s Hospital. Before their move to St. George, Margaret was president of the JC Auxiliary and active in the Mother’s Club at the University of Utah. She continues to be involved in the community and especially enjoys the auxiliary meetings of Dixie College’s National Advisory Council. Her love of art and beauty is apparent in her home and garden, and her love of people – a love shared by Wellington – is evident in the many who call Margaret and Wellington friend. Their daughter Kam says they “love life, beautiful things, their family and their friends and they express this love through doing nice things for people."