Audrey Macdonald

Audrey Austin Macdonald (Austin)

Sunday, February 14th, 1932 - Monday, April 27th, 2020
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Macdonald, Audrey Austin. Audrey Austin Macdonald, of Duxbury, MA, died peacefully at her home on April 27th, with her children and friends by her side. Audrey, who was 88, was born and raised in Auburn, NY, and attended the Maxwell School of Government at Syracuse University, ultimately graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She moved to Duxbury in 1961, and taught elementary school for some years, while raising three children. She eventually became an entrepreneur, founding The Duxbury Greeter, and then cofounding Macdonald & Wood Real Estate. Over the years, she served variously on the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, and was Chair of the School Committee where she helped steer the building of the Chandler Street School, incorporating child-friendly design. Later, she would encourage the formation of the school system’s string music and orchestra program. She also served as President of the Republican Women’s Club, sat on the board of the Plymouth Philharmonic, helped form the Pilgrim Investor’s Club, and was involved for many years with Duxbury Rural and Historical Society. Most of all, Audrey was respected and loved by so many people in her community and beyond, a pillar of knowledge and expertise when it came to home ownership, and the town’s unique housing stock. Through Macdonald & Wood she also helped support the Ellison Center for the Arts. Audrey loved the beach community she lived in, playing golf, eating oysters, and gathering with friends so often. She was a lover of hiking, walking, skiing, traveling, and classical music. She went on walking tours in the UK for several years with her friends, and loved getting to know the British people and culture. She was an avid bridge player, and loved hosting the game at her house along with pizza. On Standish Shore she was seen on her daily three mile walks, and would stop and chat with folks along the way. Audrey leaves three children, Gregor John Macdonald of Portland, Oregon (Johanna Heymann), Elizabeth Hubbard Macdonald of Boxborough, Massachusetts, and Amie Austin Macdonald of Brooklyn, New York (Gur Melamede). She leaves six grandchildren, Margaret Inez McKinney of Washington, DC, Ishai, Nadav Yochanan, and Naomi Zohar Melamede of Brooklyn, New York, and Edith Aracely and Eli Nathan Macdonald of Portland, Oregon. She was predeceased by her husband, John Kenneth Macdonald, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, her mother, Elizabeth Austin Walsh of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her brother Richard Arthur Austin of Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Audrey was a wonderful wife and mother, and will be missed by all her family and friends. A burial and memorial service will be held when feasible for people to gather, and the family will post a notice at that time.

Arrangements by Bartlett Funeral Home of Plymouth, with online guest book here:

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Duxbury Beach Reservation,
And Friends of the Duxbury Free Library,
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Georgia Taft PyePye

Posted at 09:11am
I was much saddened to hear of Audrey's passing. She was a remarkable person in so many ways! Sending much caring and sympathy to you all.

Kathy Prone

Posted at 05:02pm
I am truly sorry to hear about Audrey’s passing. I worked with her for about 15 years and she was such a lovely lady and always interesting to talk to. I know she will be missed by many! My deepest sympathy to her family and many friends! Kathy Prone

Liz Bone

Posted at 01:44pm
There are really no words to express the loss of Audrey Macdonald. Class, strength, educated, selfless and an amazing role model are just a few that come to mind. Her laugh will always resonate within me. Thank you Audrey for being you. We will deeply miss you.

Nancy Chadwick

Posted at 10:40am
Please accept my condolences at the passing of Audrey. She and I played golf together at the DYC, and greeted and chatted with each other often around town. Audrey was a lovely woman. The last time I saw Audrey was at The Anchor. Though frail, she was her usual cheery self, inquiring about my family. My experiences of Audrey were always a respectful regard for her sincerity, friendliness, her interest in others, and her love of golf.
My prayers are with her and her family.

amy guillemin

Posted at 11:02pm
i met audrey at duxbury village while visiting my father. we loved chatting with her and saw her often in the library reading the paper or at the cafe having lunch. she always had a smile and was enthusiastic and a good conversationalist. she was one of my favorite people there and we will miss seeing her. so sad to hear this news and thinking of her family and friends and sending positive energy and prayers. my dad and i are very sorry.

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