Kelly Schultz, founder and administrator of Respite Angles, made a comment to me, "Dee McDonald....she should be 'Citizen of the Year'". For about the last 5 years, since Kelly said that, I have nominated Dee McDonald for the annual 'Citizen of the Year' award given by the Estherville Chamber of Commerce every January. Dee compiled and put together at least 5 spiral bound books about Estherville in years gone by. (These are still available at Estherville Drug as well as Rosewood Manor.) Local folks would be invited to Rosewood to share memories with residents. Michael Tideman wrote articles about these gatherings, and the articles and pictures are all in the books as well. These books are such a great tribute to Estherville's history and of interest to all of us who live in our area, past and present.
In addition, Dee freely gave of her musical talents in many local events such as the Thursday Night Market, Gospel in the Park, and Sweet Corn Days worship service, to mention just a few.
Well, it is too late to award Dee on earth. My son made the comment that Dee was such a humble person that any honor, such as being named 'Citizen of the Year', would be nice, but would not have been all that important to her. Of course she didn't do such wonderful things for Estherville and the residents of Rosewood in order to be praised. She would give all of the glory to our Heavenly Father. I know that there is some beautiful music in Heaven today.
We all miss you Dee.