Judy Marie McDonald

Judy Marie McDonald, age 69, went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2014, after a heroic battle with cancer. She was born September 23, 1944, in Weeksville, NC and graduated from Maryland High School, St. Mary’s County, MD in 1962. She married Edward Gundersen in 1962 with whom she had two children, Lance Merlees Gundersen and Jennifer Gundersen Gray. She remarried in 1970 to James Gisondi.

She lived most of her life in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola, FL where she helped raise her grandson, Robert Neele Gray Jr. She retired from the Department of Defense in 2008 after a year abroad in Kuwait where she worked in the education center of Camp Arifjan. She was very proud to serve her county and support our soldiers in the Middle East.

She loved English history and researching her family’s genealogy. She was generous to everyone, putting their needs above her own.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Jennifer Gundersen Gray; her father, Billie Smith McDonald Sr.; and her brother, Billy Smith McDonald Jr.

She is survived by her mother, Agnes Eller McDonald of Lexington Park, MD; sister, Rita Dickson of Revere, PA; brothers, Tom (Kathleen) McDonald of Tripoli, PA and Doug (Erika) McDonald; one son, Lance Gundersen Sr. of Gloversville; her grandchildren Lance (Christen) Gundersen Jr. of Groton, CT, Robert Neele (Abbey) Gray, Jr. of Johns Creek, GA, Sarah (Derek) Jackson, Jacob Gundersen and Nicholas Gundersen of Gloversville; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

At her request there will be no calling hours or services. Cremation will take place at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady. A memorial contribution may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street 8th floor, New York, NY 10022 or online at donations.bcrfcure.org/donate-now. Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville.

Please visit and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.