Ruth McDonnell

Thursday, September 5, 2002

Ruth Ann McDonnell, 64, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at her residence.

She was born July 15, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Esther Newkirk Palmer. She married Mac D. McDonnell on Oct. 23, 1959, at Dubuque. He survives.

She graduated from the Finley Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque and received a B.S. in nursing and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She was a staff nurse with Kennecott Copper Mining Company in Arizona from 1963 to 1986. She had been staff nurse and supervisor of the critical care unit at Desert Samaritan Hospital and later director of cardiac cath lab in Phoenix. She moved in Cape Girardeau in 1996 and was director of the Heart Institute at St. Francis Medical Center.

She also is survived by a son, Clair Guy McDonnell of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Rhonda Renee McDonnell of Gilbert, Ariz.; two sisters, Dorothy Fay and Sheila Pauly, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a brother, Don Palmer of Dubuque; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ford & Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Klein officiating.