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Ann Leslie (Thomason) McDonald

Date of Birth: 
03/17/1939
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Birthplace: 
Wenatchee, WA
Service Information: 
There will be no memorial service, but donations in her honor can be sent to: www.animalsasnaturaltherapy.org

Ann grew up in the Ardenvoir Valley with her parents Harris and Esther Thomason and her siblings, Linda Ashbaugh, Jeannie Thomason and Richard Thomason (Linda). She graduated from Entiat High School. She loved animals, movies and the outdoors. She was a generous and attentive mother, raising two children in Lake Chelan who successfully graduated from college. She lived in Alaska, Montana and Arizona before returning to Washington State to take care of her parents and grandchildren. She is survived by her siblings and her son, Ray McDonald, her daughter, Angie Zehnder (Steve) and her grandchildren, Riley and Melanie Zehnder. 

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Submitted by Kristen Specht on

It truly made my day everytime I saw sweet Ann crossing the street by Starbucks headed toward Applebee's. I would make sure no matter how busy the restaurant was that I was there to greet her at the front door because the surprise on her face every single time she realized it was me was so rewarding. Ann and I were a great pair because I love to cook and create both food and drinks for people and she loved trying my creations. We all know Ann knew what she loved (her chardonnay and slider cheeseburgers ... don't forget the large tarter sauce) but on days that she was feeling adventurous we'd talk about what else sounded fun. Often she'd crave chips and salsa and I'd pair that with a miniature margarita and every single time she'd tell me "Ray makes the best margaritas" and that would lead into the stories of Arizona and the dust storms or the wild desert animals. I enjoyed listening to her stories and watching her eyes light up, even if it was the 10th time I'd heard the story. I remember standing at the table casually with my hand on it watching the staff work to make sure I wasn't needed and Ann would see me looking away and say "I'm just holding you up, you're busy, don't let me keep you" and I'd look into her eyes and say no you're not Ann I enjoy your company and if I'm needed the staff will come get me. Like clock work sweet Ann would put her hand on mine and say "Oh honey" and I will greatly miss that sincere, loving, genuine Ann. I especially liked when she'd tell me that Angie was coming over to pick her up and take her to get a hair cut because my sweet Ann would, again like clock work, roll her eyes and tell me how much she hated hair cuts because they never did it right and this piece of bangs (as she picked up the hair) was always in her face. Ann made me laugh everyday if not twice a day. I always knew this day would come and I'm so very sorry for your loss. I lost my father last year and boy do I know that grieving a parent is extremely difficult. One thing is for sure, sharing the memories that bring you joy and laughter make it a bit easier to cope with the loss. I will miss my sweet Ann and I hope my dad and her are sharing a chardonnay and a whiskey up in heaven. Thank you so much for your kind words, although I'm no longer at Applebee's the staff made sure to share the card with me and I'm truly grateful. Your mother, and grandmother, was a blessing and may she rest in peace!

Sending my condolences,

Kristen Specht

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