Coetta McDonald Obituary
 
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Coetta Ruth McDonald

September 30, 1954 - April 17, 2014
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Coetta R. McDonald, 59, of Midland, Texas, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 from complications during a surgical procedure at UMC Hospital in Lubbock, TX. Coetta Ruth McDonald was born in Gordon, Nebraska on September 30, 1954 to Alvin Ward (Andy) Anderson and Ruth (Trodgon) Anderson. Coetta spent most of her childhood traveling from place to place. Her father was a Construction Lineman, which kept their family mobile until Coetta was in high school. Coetta considered Mt. Olive, Illinois her hometown, as it was the place her family lived the longest while she was growing up. She graduated from Mt. Olive High School in 1972. After graduating...
Coetta R. McDonald, 59, of Midland, Texas, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 from complications during a surgical procedure at UMC Hospital in Lubbock, TX.
Coetta Ruth McDonald was born in Gordon, Nebraska on September 30, 1954 to Alvin Ward (Andy) Anderson and Ruth (Trodgon) Anderson. Coetta spent most of her childhood traveling from place to place. Her father was a Construction Lineman, which kept their family mobile until Coetta was in high school. Coetta considered Mt. Olive, Illinois her hometown, as it was the place her family lived the longest while she was growing up. She graduated from Mt. Olive High School in 1972. After graduating from high school, Coetta went into the military, where she was an active duty Navy Corpsman for four years. As a corpsman, Coetta worked as a lab technician at the Naval Air Station, in Albany, Georgia. She supported MD's in providing highly specialized first aid care, gave intramuscular injections and drew blood for the lab. She also worked as an OJT (on the job trainer) for about a year. While Coetta ended her active duty service with the military in 1976, she continued to serve in the Navy Reserve until 1979, when she received an honorable discharge. In 1976, shortly after fulfilling her active duty commitment with the Navy, Coetta got married to first husband, whom she met while stationed at the Naval Air Station, and moved to Greenwood, Delaware. On July 24, 1977, she gave birth to a 6lb. 6 oz. baby girl in Milford, Delaware. When Coetta was in her early thirties she attended the Teen Challenge Program at the Walter Hoving Home in upstate New York, and later became a Teen Challenge Counselor in Spring Field, Missouri. While in Spring Field, Coetta met her future husband, Patrick Sean McDonald. After about a year of courtship, Sean was offered a job in Findlay, Ohio, at which time he asked Coetta "if she wanted to get hitched". They were married on January 6, 1989 in Findlay Ohio, on Sean's lunch break at the Justice of the Peace. Coetta, her husband, Sean, and her daughter, Chandra, lived in Findlay, Ohio until 1996 when Coetta graduated with a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. At that time, Coetta and Sean moved to Lubbock, TX, where Coetta pursued a Master's degree in Nursing at Texas Tech University. Coetta graduated summa cum laude in 2000.
After graduate school, Coetta worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in psychiatric nursing with an emphasis in the area of substance abuse. She worked as a Charge Nurse at St. Mary's Lakeside in Lubbock, TX; as the Director of Nurses at Desert Springs Hospital in Midland, TX; and most recently, at LocumTenens as a Traveling Nurse Practitioner, until she became ill.
Coetta was a very strong willed, intellectual woman, who had a real passion for learning. She also loved cats, reading, baking, riding Harley Davidson's, and was a "movie buff". She was a member of Mensa High IQ Society, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Honor Society of Nursing, and the International Nurses Society
on Addictions.
Coetta is survived by her husband, Sean McDonald, Lubbock, TX; her daughter, Chandra (Baker) Chavez, Albuquerque, NM; and her three brothers and two sisters, and their families.
Funeral services will be private. A celebration of life memorial will be held at a later date. If you would like to attend the memorial in celebration of Coetta's life, please email Chandra Chavez at stellavato@aps.edu.
Announcements will be sent when arrangements have been made.
Arrangements under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home & Cemetery, Lubbock, TX.

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