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Katie Lee (Woodson) McDonald was born on December 7, 1919 in Glendale, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Walter Lee Woodson and Ethel (Parker) English.
She confessed her faith in Christ at an early age and attended school in Glendale, Kentucky.
In 1940, she moved to Shelbyville, Indiana. Shortly after, she met and married Vincent H. Smith. The family later moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1942.
In 1945, she united with Union Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Phale D. Hale. During her membership she sang in the Gospel Chorus and was a member of the Missionary Society and Floral Club.
In 1960, she married James G. McDonald who preceded her in death in 1993. A few years later, she moved to Colorado to spend time with her daughter, Norma Jean.
In 2002, Katie relocated to Radcliffe, Kentucky and stayed with her cousin, Lee Etta Tucker. While there she united with 1st Baptist Church located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
She later decided it would be best to be closer to her children and she returned to Fort Wayne. She re-united with Union Baptist where she remained a dedicated and supportive member until her health began to decline.
After 98 years in this world, she took her eternal rest on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Lutheran Life Villages surrounded by her family.
Katie was also preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Norman Eugene Rowe; great grandsons, Shawn Beeler, Melvin Morris and Stephan Rowe; siblings, Uncle Dude, Frank Woodson, Carlton Tinker, Birdie French, Paul Woodson and Harold Woodson; three sons-in-law, Paul E. Rowe Sr., Edgar Curry and Lonnie Hinton and former husbands, Warner Beeler and Vincent H. Smith Sr.
Her legacy will live on through her children, Norma Jean Curry-Hinton, Michael E. (Sheila) Smith and Josephine Vickie Bess; eight grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren along with a host of great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She will be laid to rest in Covington Memorial Gardens