Sharon "Sherri" Laketa McDonald

Born: Mon., Feb. 15, 1932
Died: Mon., Jul. 13, 2020

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Sharon Laketa McDonald (Grandma Sherri) passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, July 13, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family that cared for her during her illness.  Sherri was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota on February 15, l932.  She was 88 years old.  She was born into a loving Norwegian family.

She attended grade school in Fergus Falls and in a country school outside of Fergus.  Her fondest memories were of living on the farm and attending country school.  After her freshman year of school at Fergus Falls High School, her family moved to Miles City, Montana and she attended Custer County High School and Custer County Junior College.  Sherri transferred to Western Montana College for her second year and graduated with a Two-Year Certificate that made her eligible to teach elementary school grades 1-8.  While at Western she met her husband Joe McDonald and they have been married 68 years.

Together they raised four children, Tim, Terry, Tracie, and Tom.  She and the children moved several times following their father's teaching and coaching career.  The family lived in Oilmont, Plevna, Miles City, Hamilton, Missoula, Havre, and Ronan. 

She was instrumental in helping to create and establish the Ronan elementary school library.  Later she worked to help develop the Salish Kootenai College library.

She then devoted her time and energy in helping to create a food pantry to help feed people in need in the Ronan area.  The food pantry is called the Ronan Bread Basket and has become well established and serves the community well. She served as the director of the Bread Basket for 26 years.

Sherri took many trips with Joe that included Scotland, Taiwan, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, England, Newfoundland, and her last trip was to Norway.  She traveled to many meetings events throughout the United States and was able to help Joe and Salish Kootenai College become established.  She became well known in the tribal college community and at Salish Kootenai College for helping students and staff.  She was known as “Grandma Sherri” to all.  The commons room at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center is named the “Sherri Room” in her honor.

She is survived by her husband, Joe, her children, nine grand-children, and nine great- grandchildren listed as follows:  son, Tim, Ronan; son Terry and his daughters Angela and Carma and Carma's husband Tony Bushnell and their children Jaden, Sammuel, Sophie; son, Tom and his wife Teresa and their children; Annie and her daughters Kylynn, Kaeslynn and Kendalynn; Erin and her daughter Esmae; Katie and her son Ben; Noah and Christopher; daughter Tracie and her daughters Jessica and Brandie and her daughter Rylee.

She was preceded in death by her parents Gladys and Norvin Christopherson and nephew Brian Harris.

 A celebration of her life will occur at a later date when everyone can safely gather and share stories about Sherri.

Memorial donations can be made to the McDonald Scholarship at the Salish Kootenai College Foundation, Pablo, or the Ronan Bread Basket.

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Maggie Plummer
   Posted Tue July 14, 2020
Tom, Joe, Tracie, and all:
I'm so very, very sorry to hear of Sherri's passing. May she rest in peace. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you during this difficult, sad time. I'm thinking of you all and sending you my best energy.
much love,

Cindy Rossmith
   Posted Thu July 16, 2020
I’m thinking of your family at this time of loss and send condolences and prayers to each of you. Sherry played an important role in my life at SKC and that chapter will always be remembered.

David Brown & Terry Camel-Brown
   Posted Thu July 16, 2020
My deepest condolences for the loss of a great lady. Sherrie had a beautiful heart and cared about people. She will be missed! RIP Sherrie! Give Momma Alice a hug for me!

Gladys Disney
   Posted Thu July 16, 2020

Petals Aglow was sent by Kim, Glady, and Bernard.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love Glady and Kim and Bernard.

Melissa Michel
   Posted Thu July 16, 2020
I have know Sherri since I was little. She has always been a part of my community. Always a friendly smile and chat. Her work is done...may she rest in peace.

Barbara Plouffe
   Posted Thu July 16, 2020
Joe and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Sherri was so welcoming to a new comer. I loved her smile and kindness. Prayers for the family

Thelma Yellow Kidney
   Posted Thu July 16, 2020
My heart goes out to the family. Sending love and prayers from New Mexico. I only have wonderful memories of Sherry and her family.

Anna Whiting Sorrell and Gene Sorrell
   Posted Thu July 16, 2020
It is with the best and loving thoughts we remember Sherry. We look forward to joining with family, when it is safe, to tell our favorite Sherry story. With love, Anna and Gene

Carol Ahenakew
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Sending my condolences to Joe & family members, may you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

Carol juneau
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
We are very sorry for your loss.

Terrie Alger
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Tom and I send our prayers and sincere condolences to the McDonald family. Sherri was so kind and welcoming to us when we moved to Ronan. We always looked forward to seeing her at church. Her death is a loss to the entire community.

Gordon and Gale Fyant
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Joe and Family sorry for your loss. Sherri will be missed may she Rest In Peace. ❤️ and ((Hugs)) out to the Family.

Lorrie and Tom Meeks
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Joe, Tracie, Tom, Tim, Terry and family’s,
Sherri was a loving, generous woman whose presence will be missed by many. She had a warm smile and genuine concern for everyone’s wellness. Our prayers are with you all.

Frank and Ernie Ducheneaux
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Such a sad day when we learned about Sherrie. But we brightened up when we read that she was surrounded by her family when she left us. Her family was everything to her. If there are disadvantaged Angels, we know Sherrie will be doing her best to help's in her DNA.

Grace Larson
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
I did not know Sharon but I am very familiar with The Bread Basket, The College, and school libraries. Sharon has left a wonderful legacy.
I am Fay Haynes' niece. Grace Larson

Carole A Julius
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Sherri was a delightful person, funny, cheerful, and gracious. She was loved by many and will be missed. To her family I send condolences and a hope that you find comfort with one another knowing you shared a special circle of love.

David Moore & Kate Shanley
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Joe & family—We’re just so sorry and sad for this huge loss. What a force for good she was, and will always be. We’re grateful for the years knowing her. Love & prayers are flowing for her journey, and for the healing of grief.
Peace & love, David & Kate

Paula Holle
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Sherri. She was always of kind, giving and understanding during my adventure years with Tracie in high school and college. Her words of wisdom remain with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Hugs & Love, Paula

David Sam
   Posted Sat July 18, 2020
Safe journeys to Sherri. Joe & family, I think of the spiritual strength within that is needed at this time and hope that all can be comforted. Stay in peace.

Joe & Wendy DosSantos
   Posted Sat July 18, 2020
Sherri was such an inspiring figure in the community! Her kindness and generosity were well-known, and her loss will leave a big hole. We are sending our sympathy and condolences to all of the MacDonalds.

Florine Johnston
   Posted Sat July 18, 2020
Sherri was an amazing woman and she was an influence in my life! My prays and heart go out to Joe and her amazing family! My condolences to all!

Deb Weivoda
   Posted Sat July 18, 2020
Many condolences to the McDonald families.

Connie Haines McDade
   Posted Sat July 18, 2020
I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss and pain in your grief. Sherri was a wonderful role model for her family and invaluable to the community. May she rest in piece.

Pam Schneiter
   Posted Sun July 19, 2020
Dear Joe and Family: We were so sorry to hear of Sherri's passing. She certainly left a great legacy as well as many good memories. We hope those memories give you comfort during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless 🙏

John Gritts & Page Lambert
   Posted Sun July 19, 2020
Joe, Tracie & Family,
We were saddened to hear of Sherri's passing. I wanted to reach out to you because I will never forget you called me soon after Trevour passed away. But somehow I felt like I would be bothering you. We have nothing but fond memories of Sherri. She was always in step with you no matter what the circumstance, a meeting or just being there for you. You made a great team! She was a grand lady to the entire SKC and Salish Kootenai Reservation. She will be missed but her memory will last forever. We are thinking and praying for you.

Brenda Santos
   Posted Sun July 19, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss and pray Jesus Christ fold you in his arms and comfort you in the years ahead. I remember Sheri being the only person who visited me when I went into the hospital. I was working at the college. I grew to love and appreciate all of you.

Rob Nielson-Cerquone
   Posted Mon July 20, 2020
Dear Joe and family, I am thinking of you in this time. Sherri was a dear woman and a good friend to my parents. I hope you find peace and comfort in this hard time. Sincerely,

Robbi Nielson-Cerquone and family

Jen Janecek-Hartman
   Posted Mon July 20, 2020
Dear Joe and family,

Please accept my deepest comments. Sending you all prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Bob Parsley
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020
My wife Janice and I would like to express our most sincere condolences to Joe and his family for this heartbreaking loss! Sherri was such a wonderful person, I know she will be missed by her family and all the people she has connected with over the years. I still remember meeting her and Coach Joe when he recruited me to play basketball at MSU Northern back in 1965! Her big smile and welcoming attitude still stand out in my memories! She was certainly one of a kind!! RIP Sherri!

Joan and Scott Graham
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020
Dear McDonald Family,

We are so sorry for your loss, Sherri was such a warm and generous person. She was so welcoming to new arrivals to Ronan such as we were. She was always interested in what was going on with you. She loved her community and provided much needed leadership at the Bread Basket. She definitely was a mother/grandmother to all she knew and will be missed by all.

Selina Oshanee Kenmille
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020
Joe & Family, I would like to send my condolences to all. Sheri was always so inspirational to all she encountered. Her light has always had a special place in my heart. Every time I ran into her she would praise my mother and remind me I have big shoes to follow. She always had a cheerful hug. Her positive outlook on life and her willingness to help everybody will forever be her legacy. She was an amazing woman and I thank each of you for sharing her with our community.

Darrell Losing
   Posted Wed July 22, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to Joe and the family,
I have lots of good memories of the McDonald's when they lived in Plevna. Joe was my 7th grade teacher. I remember Sherri as a kind and caring person.

Our thoughts and prayers.

Darrell & Karen Losing

Amy and David Burland
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
Dear Joe and family,
Sherri was such a cheerful presence in every way. The Sherri McDonald Hospitality Room will have all the more significance. Naming it with the word hospitality - much like the kindness room - perfectly describes Sherri as such a kind and generous person serving others through her charity work with the Bread Basket.

Amy and David Burland

Marla Hall
   Posted Wed July 29, 2020
Ronan and Lake County have lost one of their best! Was so sorry to hear of Sherri's passing. She did so much for the community and I remember her always with a smile and a kind hand. My sympathies to Joe and the entire family. My heart is with you. Marla

Kenya Anderson
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
My mom (Kacy Anderson) and I are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of all of you. Grandma Sherri was a great women. May she Rest In Peace

Joyce Silverthorne
   Posted Mon August 03, 2020
Deepest sympathy for the whole McDonald crew. We live in unbelievable times where we have an absence of the community of people who would have attended services. Sending virtual hugs, especially for Joe.

Ginny, Benjamin and Renee Therriault
   Posted Sun August 09, 2020
Dear Joe and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Sherri’s passing. She was such a wonderful, uplifting presence through the development of Salish Kootenai College. She was one of my first Spanish students in the old Ronan Elementary School. She took her studies of Spanish very seriously and wanted to travel to Mexico. She also arranged baby shower gifts for my son, Benjamin, who is now 38. May she continue her journey with the help of angels who have proceeded her. She will be missed

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