Marlynn Ruth McDonald, 70, of Springfield, Ohio died Friday, May 27, 2016 at Kindred Hospital in Dayton, Ohio where she had been on life support for the past several weeks following a severe stroke.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 in the Littleton & Rue Funeral Home. Marlynn’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1 in Southgate Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Hile officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to Southgate Baptist Church, 2111 S. Center Blvd., Springfield, Ohio 45506.
Marlynn Ruth McDonald was born in Wayne on Nov. 19, 1945, the daughter of the late Mark and Margaret (Price) Stringer Sr. She graduated from a small school in Wayne, and continued her education to become an LPN. She worked at a hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. after she moved there with a friend. Ron and Marlynn were married in Kalamazoo and moved to Springfield, Ohio as Ron was employed with then, International Harvester. During this time, she worked for a short period at a nursing home in Urbana prior to moving to Ft. Wayne, Ind.. In Ft. Wayne, she worked at Parkview Hospital until the time that she and Ron adopted their son, Jared. In 1984, Ron was transferred back to the Springfield Plant and Marlynn then stopped working to care for the upbringing of Jared and providing home child care for some working families that have become friends of the family. She then decided to go back to school and graduated from Clark State, Springfield with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Business. Marlynn then cared for her mother for four years after moving her to Springfield from Wayne, Neb. Marlynn attended Southgate Baptist Church for the past 4 1/2 years. Prior to that, she played the piano for a few years at Liberty Baptist Temple.
Survivors include her husband of 42 1/2 years, Ronald W. McDonald; son, Jared McDonald of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; two brothers, Mark (Barbara) Stringer Jr. of Columbia, South America and David Stringer of Inavale, Neb; and two granddaughters, Lilyan Marie and Kinslei Jean McDonald.