Patricia Ann McDonald of Harrington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Polaris Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1944, daughter of the late Richard and Naomi (Minor) Sheppard.

Patricia graduated from Suitland High School in Maryland. She believed in serving her community and was on the board of directors for Bridgeville Public Library. Patricia enjoyed dancing, and she treasured spending time with her grandchildren, who were the apples of her eyes. Her devotion to her family took precedence above all. She was a loving and nurturing wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her presence will be deeply and genuinely missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Richard A. McDonald; her sons: Richard E. McDonald (Angie) of Middletown, DE, and Keith A. McDonald (Kim) of Emmitsburg, MD; her loving grandchildren: Alexander, Kyle, Keeley, Rien, Shaun, Leighton, Kayleigh, Jack and Paul; and her great-grandson, Kaiden.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium Hardesty Chapel, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933, where family and friends may visit starting at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE 19966.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Patricia’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation,

Please visit Patricia’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at