Macdonald, Mimi

October 24, 2018 GMT

Mimi Macdonald August 14, 1949 - October 21, 2018 Mary Louise (Zemrowski) Macdonald, “Mimi,” passed away on Sunday, 10/21/2018 in the University of Utah Hospital surrounded by her closest family. Her death comes as the result of unexpected complications from minor outpatient surgery. Mimi was born on August 14, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois to John and Cecilia (Orchowski) Zemrowski and is the youngest of three children. Growing up on the Southside of Chicago in a large Polish family, Mimi graduated from Aquinas High School and entered the nursing program at Passavant Memorial Hospital through Northwestern University . After her marriage to Dan Macdonald, Dan and Mimi took a leap of faith and moved to Pocatello, where Mimi fell in love with the mountains and the simple life. For Mimi, Idaho became home. Mimi raised her children in a home filled with freshly baked bread, homegrown vegetables, and endless love and laughter. She was a founding leader of the Pocatello chapter of La Leche League, International; her passion for helping mothers and infants continued for almost 20 years in this role. She was also a staunch supporter of the right to life. Mimi worked as a nurse, spending the last two decades of her career as a research study coordinator with ISU Family Medicine. Her hobbies included international cooking, sewing, beading and a love for all animals, especially her dogs. Mimi will be remembered for her creativity, her practicality, her musical talent, her humility, and most importantly, her deep and abiding love for her family and her Creator. Mimi was an involved and faithful member of Christ Church in Pocatello and will be dearly missed by her church family as well. Mimi taught Sunday school and would occasionally lead worship, playing her guitar and singing original songs she wrote. Mimi is preceded in death by her parents, (John and Celia Zemrowski), sister (Camille Stryk), brother-in-law (Al Stryk), sister-in-law (Carol Zemrowski), and nephew, (Nolan Gold). She is survived by her husband, (Dan), daughters, (Julie, Alice, and Emily), and grandchildren, (Donovan, Daegan, Calvin, Ryan, Lily, Colin, and Betty), as well as her loving brother, (Tom Zemrowski), and devoted nieces. Mimi’s family will be welcoming any friends or community members who wish to share their love and grief at an informal reception on Thursday evening, October 25, between 6-9 pm at the Rosewood Reception Center, 1499 Bannock Highway. A memorial service to honor her life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 26, at Christ Church, 1245 N. Arthur, Pocatello. Instead of flowers, please consider donating to either of Mimi’s favorite charities: Voice of the Martyrs ( www.persecution.com ) or Project Rescue, which helps India’s street women and children, ( https://projectrescue.com ).