Sonja Eileen McDonald
On Sunday, December 29, 2019, Sonja Eileen McDonald, 65, of Green Slopes Road, Imler, was surrounded by her loving family as she moved on to be with her loved ones and her God in Heaven.
She was born on June 24, 1954, in Bedford; daughter of the late Curtis and Geraldine (Mock) Feathers. She was the eldest of six children. She married the love of her life Galen L. McDonald on August 29, 1970. In August they would have been married for 50 years. She was busy planning a 50th Anniversary Pig Roast Celebration at the farm.
She was the loving mother of Angelique (Jeff) Walason; Melissa (Garth) Campbell; Alicia McDonald and Galen McDonald II. Sonja was blessed with eight grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart, Tanner and Macy Walason; Courtney, Chasity, and Coy Campbell; Devin, Marlee and Marissa McDonald. She is survived by four sisters, Jackie (David) Bowser; Karen (Mike) Baker; Patricia (Wayne) Oldham; Denise (Ken) Hershberger and one brother, Curtis (Lori) Feathers Jr.
Sonja’s legacy will forever be etched in the family she loved and the countless people she touched in her 65 years of life. Sonja and Galen owned Green Slopes Farm. They along with their four children and then later with their grandchildren showed registered Guernsey’s at county, state, and national Guernsey Shows.
Sonja was well known for her beautiful display of dairy and Guernsey antiques that she would set up at the All American Dairy Show. Her display won the Herdsmanship Award for twenty years. She kept and immaculate beautiful home full of farm antiques. She was proud to host over 450 people at the Annual Christmas at the Farm Tour held at Green Slopes Farm. She never went to bed with a dirty dish in her sink. Sonja was the oldest of six children and enjoyed hosting meals for every holiday with her family and most of the time there was over a hundred in attendance. She was World Famous for her homemade Macaroni and Cheese. She made it for every holiday meal, church gatherings, and every wedding that she was asked to make it. She always said it was the Golden Guernsey Milk that made is so creamy and good. She would often take her mac and cheese to people who were sick in the community and always made food for anyone in need. She taught her family to always be humble and kind and to help others. She was an active member of the Weyant United Methodist Church and served on the Church board. Galen and Sonja were the community Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for over 45 years for churches, the Chestnut Ridge School District, insurance companies, and various other organizations. Sonja loved her family and encouraged and supported them in all of their endeavors.
Friends and family will be received on Thursday, January 2 from 1-9 p.m. at the Weyant United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 3 at 11 a.m. with Pastors John Mackey and James Neatrour officiating at the Weyant United Methodist Church.
She will be laid to rest in the Green Slopes Farm Cemetery on top of the hill of the farm that she loved.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.jedwardblackburnfh.com.
Arrangements by the J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home.
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