Kate Elaine McDonald was unexpectedly carried away to her new home in Heaven on May 17, 2021. Kate was born in Kettering, Ohio on September 2, 2008. She was so excited to be the third child of Kody and Rich McDonald that she nearly made her arrival at a Bob Evans Restaurant. Kate was baptized at Red Lion Church in Franklin, Ohio. She later lived in Atlanta, Georgia with her family before moving to Michigan.
Ever kind-hearted and full of joy, Kate saw beauty in the world around her which she reflected through her art, music, and more recently in her photography. From her first day of Kindergarten at Murray Lake Elementary, Kate loved to create art. She was also gifted in music and maintained quite a Spotify playlist to entertain her family during their adventures on the Flat River. She knew the words to every song she heard and wasn’t always amused when her dad sang his own version of the lyrics. Kate saw the world with sensitive eyes. Her parents recognized this characteristic and gave her the gift of a camera. In return, their “Katie- Kate” gave them the gift of photographs that will forever remind them of her unique and beautiful perspective.
Kate inherited her mom’s love of animals, and she cuddled and cared for them as generously as she did her human family members. Hanging out and being goofy with her siblings, Marcus and Megan, filled her heart.
Kate’s heart was too big and sensitive for this world. Although she is now rejoicing in Heaven, the world has been cruelly robbed of the light, joy, and beauty of Kate Elaine McDonald.
She will be deeply missed by her loving parents, Rich and Kody McDonald; her brother, Marcus; sister, Megan; grandparents, Marcus and Karen Mote of Waynesville, Ohio, Bob and Gail McDonald of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; her aunts and uncles, Kevin Mote and his fiance Missy Christman, Donna McDonald and Steve Pinard, David and Loretta McDonald, Julie and Brent Gaines, and Lisa and Peter Foy; her 10 cousins, Britta, Nick, Ryan, Hadley, Calvin, Evie, Ethan, Lydia, Kelsey and Luke; her devoted cat, Lewie; and countless others who were blessed to have her in their lives.
A private family service will be live streamed on Facebook Thursday, May 20, at 4pm at https://www.facebook.com/gerstgrandrapids. Friends and family may share their condolences from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, May 20, at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 North Hudson, Lowell. Masks and social distancing will be required. Flowers may be sent to that same address.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing, an additional opportunity to express your condolences to the family will be offered on Friday, May 21, at Fallasburg Park in Lowell. Please come to the park any time between 11:00-1:00. Kate’s family requests that you contribute to her memory book by sharing a written memory, story, or sentiment about Kate. Materials will be provided for you to do so at the park, or you may write your thoughts in advance and bring them with you to be added to the book. Dress comfortably for the outdoor setting and if you happen to have an article of clothing in Kate’s favorite color orange, please wear it.