80R22377 MMS-D
  By: Chavez H.R. No. 2805
         WHEREAS, The Texas House of Representatives joins the family
  and friends of the Honorable Nancy Hanks McDonald in mourning the
  loss of this esteemed former legislator, who passed away on May 14,
  2007; and
         WHEREAS, A seven-term state representative from El Paso, Mrs.
  McDonald first served in the 1984 special session that enacted
  major reforms relating to public education; she was elected to a
  full term in the fall of 1984 and continued to serve through 1996,
  when she declined to run again; and
         WHEREAS, The only R.N. in the house when she first came to the
  Capitol, Mrs. McDonald played a key role in securing funding for
  health and human services programs, authored landmark child
  immunization legislation, and advocated for AIDS patients; her
  committee assignments included the vice chairmanship of the
  appropriations committee, longtime service on the public health
  committee, and service on such other committees as ways and means
  and labor and employment relations; and
         WHEREAS, Nancy McDonald was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky,
  on October 21, 1934; she graduated from St. Thomas School of Nursing
  in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1954, the same year she married Willis
  Burr McDonald; and
         WHEREAS, Over the course of the next two decades, Mrs.
  McDonald graciously handled the responsibilities of an army
  officer's wife while raising the couple's 10 children with "calm,
  pragmatic wisdom"; in 1966 she and her family moved to El Paso,
  which would become their home until she relocated to Austin with her
  husband some 30 years later; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. McDonald resumed her nursing career in 1975 and
  became active in the Texas Nurses Association, eventually serving
  as president of the governmental affairs committee and forming a
  TNA political action committee; she also held membership in the
  National Organization for Women and took part in the 1980 march in
  Washington, D.C., in support of the Equal Rights Amendment; and
         WHEREAS, Nancy McDonald leaves a legacy of exemplary public
  service, and she is remembered with deep affection and admiration
  by all who were fortunate enough to share in the richness of her
  life; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 80th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Nancy Hanks McDonald
  and extend sincere sympathy to the members of her family: to her
  husband, Willis Burr McDonald; to her children, Chuck McDonald and
  his wife, Donna, Chris McDonald and his wife, Cindy, Stephen
  McDonald and his wife, Vicki, Greg McDonald and his wife, Laura,
  Brendan McDonald and his wife, Cheryl, Mark McDonald and his wife,
  Joyce, Mary McDonald and her husband, Kent, Nancy Siefken and her
  husband, Mark, and Catherine Binswanger and her husband, Lewis; to
  her sister, Betty Phillips; to her 27 grandchildren and three
  great-grandchildren; and to her other relatives and friends; and,
  be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of the
  Honorable Nancy Hanks McDonald.