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Jill Harding McDonald

Jill passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 21, 2023 at age 79. Jill is predeceased in death by her mother Bunny Askew, father Jack Harding, and sister Jackie Van Grofski.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Jill moved to the Wilmington area as a child and graduated from Kennett High School, Class of 1961. She then continued her education at the University of Delaware.

Jill’s love of travel led to her career as a travel agent. She worked in the Bank of Delaware travel department and then at Ambassador Travel, where she achieved the Certified Travel Consultant designation, the highest in the field. Her colleagues and many customers became lifelong friends.

Jill was an active member of the Wilmington Country Club. She enjoyed spending time with her friends playing golf (2 career holes in one), pickleball, mahjong, squash, and book club. She was very involved in her grandchildrens’ lives. They loved spending time with her at the pool and special days resulted in getting Mimi to dive off the diving board.

Jill’s unforgettable smile, unwavering positive energy, and love of life are what her family and friends will remember the most.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Bill, her two sons, Nate (Kelly) and Cameron (Elaine), her five ‘grandangels’ Ainsley, Chase, Cooper, Lexi, and Reese, sister in law Kitty Clevenger, brother in law Tom Van Grofski, niece Suzanne Humphreys (Eph), nephews David Blake (Julie) and Ted Blake (Elliot). Her family meant the world to her; and she to them.

A celebration of her life, where Jill requested hugs and smiles only, will be held at Wilmington Country Club on March 12th from 1 – 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center.

Funeral Services

A celebration of her life, where Jill requested hugs and smiles only, will be held at Wilmington Country Club on March 12th from 1 – 4pm.


    Wayne Dawson writes,
    Bill, I am so sorry for your loss, Jill was a special light in the world. May God bless you and your family and give you strength.
    02/23/2023 06:56 pm
    MaryJo Gordon writes,
    The world has lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has gained an angel. Bill, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jill was the bravest person I have ever known. Her constant smile, positive attitude, and generous spirit made you just want to be around her. She will surely be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    02/24/2023 06:55 am
    George Nastase writes,
    Jill was the Soul of Ambassador Travel. Her perpetual smile, kindness and care for her clients and everybody around her, was contegiuos. Everyone who has worked with Jill at my travel agency for three decades is experiencing a tremendous loss with her passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mc Donald family.
    02/24/2023 10:54 am
    Barbara Wiest Henry writes,
    Bill Nate and Bumper: Our Deepest condolences,Going back to Deerhurst, Jill , an Amazing Woman, Mother Neighbor and Friend…Jill’s smile and vitality we’re contagious… May Jill now Rest In Peace, And May your love and Memories give you Peace… The Wiest Family.
    02/24/2023 03:28 pm
    The Keegans lit a candle and writes,
    Nate, you have our deepest sympathies and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and love at this time of sorrow. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We are always here if you need anything.
    02/24/2023 03:34 pm
    Tina Sheing lit a candle and writes,
    Oh Nate McDonald- your mom was the kindest person!! My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I will always remember her bright, warm smile.
    02/24/2023 03:34 pm
    Dennis and Linda Reilly lit a candle and writes,
    We would like to offer the McDonald's family are sincere sympathy and support Jill was a bright light in a dark tunnel sometimes her cheerful smile always came across to those needing one her support of her husband in the Delaware JC's led to many successful projects jill herself, was instrumental in the area Jane sees may God bless the family and remember only the Good Times
    02/26/2023 12:24 am
    Donna (Brown) Friswell writes,
    Dear Bill, I had the pleasure of working with Jill at Bank of Delaware Travel and you worked with my mother, Thelma Brown, at Delaware Trust. Jill was a breath of sunshine always, and funny, funny. I remember when the boys were born. Nobody loved them more nor talked about them more than Jill did. She loved playing golf and loved being with you always! Thinking of you at this time and wishing you strength and love. Donna Friswell
    02/26/2023 02:50 pm
    Priscilla Dugdale lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bill and McDonald family, Jill will always be an important part of my memories for her world wide smile and infectious laugh💖. The many years sitting on the stone wall watching our children and our wonderful Deerhurst world of motorcycles whirling down the hill! Sending prayers and love to the McDonald Family Much love Priscilla
    02/27/2023 07:45 am
    Jack and Patti Jo Hocutt lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bill and family. My family has been blessed to have such an amazing person in our lives. No doubt she was full of love and cheer. God put nothing but good in her. We will miss her.
    02/27/2023 12:41 pm
    Piet H. van Ogtrop writes,
    Hello Bill. Jill was the heart and soul of Special Olympics golf event and she will be fondly remembered for that and other charity events. She epitomized class and professionalism and her perpetual smile was a gift to all who knew her. You have a special angel to pray to and she is now in a peaceful place. Sincere condolences to you and your family. Fond regards, Piet and Connie
    03/02/2023 08:59 am
    Betty and Kent Riegel writes,
    Dear Bill and family, our sincere condolences are with you during this very sad time. What a bright spark Jill was! She will be missed by us and her many friends at Ambassador Travel, for all the fun she brought to our lives. Her memory will live on. Sending warmest thoughts to you all. Betty and Kent Riegel.
    03/06/2023 09:20 pm

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