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Claudia Rast McDonnell

February 28, 1946 ~ February 21, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old


Claudia Rast McDonnell, 76, widow of Carl O. McDonnell, Sr, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at home.

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Friday, February 24, 2023, at First United Methodist Church of Harleyville with the Rev. Kevin Hinton officiating.  Burial will follow in the Harleyville Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Joe Way, Brickie Way, Clay Cockcroft, Forrest Cockcroft, Jason Pooser and Jeffy Westbury.  Visitation will be one hour before the service in the church. 

Claudia was born on February 28, 1946, in Holly Hill, SC, the daughter of the late Florence Murray Rast and Wilton Troy Rast.  She graduated from Harleyville Ridgeville High School.  Claudia was married to Carl, the love of her life, in 1964 and was married for 54 years.  Claudia was a homemaker and was widely known throughout the surrounding community for her sewing skills and musical talent.  She worked on many prom, competition and wedding dresses.  She was a lifelong and devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Harleyville where she played the piano and organ for over 60 years.  If the church doors were open, Claudia was there.  After surviving a bout with breast cancer, she became very involved in the Upper Dorchester County Relay for Life.  She was also a huge supporter of the Susan B. Komen foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.  Claudia loved her church, her family, her friends and Tent 79 at Indian Field Campground.  She was predeceased by her parents and husband.

Surviving is her daughter, Elizabeth McDonnell, Harleyville; son, Carl McDonnell, Jr., Odessa, Texas; daughter-in-law, whom she thought of as a daughter, LaBeth McDonnell, St. George; grandsons, Grayson McDonnell and Tate McDonnell, St. George

Special thanks and much love to Kaye Holman with Promedica Hospice.  Kaye is truly one of God’s angels here on Earth. Miss Betty Brown for the extraordinary love and care she provided for not only Claudia but the entire family.  Also, Kevin and Mya with Promedica Hospice.

Memorials or donations may be made to the Harleyville First United Methodist Church, 135 East Main Street, Harleyville, SC 29448 or the American Cancer Society, 269 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests plants that can be planted so the simplicity and elegance of Claudia can live forever.

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February 24, 2023

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Harleyville

Funeral Service
February 24, 2023

3:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Harleyville


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