Virginia “Jenny” Burns McDonald

Virginia “Jenny” Burns McDonald was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She passed away suddenly on April 30, 2022, at age 73.

Jenny was born to Leon and Doris Burns on January 15, 1949, in Baxley, Georgia. The family moved to Macon, Georgia where she grew up and went to school. She attended Bibb County schools and graduated from A. L. Miller in 1967.

She met the love of her life, Ray McDonald during her high school years, and they married on August 19, 1967. They had a daughter, Heather, and moved to the Houston area in 1973. They eventually settled in Deer Park, Texas where they built their life. Jenny worked at Wallace Company, Inc. for 20 plus years as a data processor.

Jenny loved spending time with her family at holidays, birthdays and any celebration or milestones. She prepared delicious home cooked meals for family gatherings. Family and traditions were very important to her. Ray, Jenny, and Heather would travel to Georgia often to visit family.

Known by friends as Uncle Ray and Aunt Jenny, they always welcomed anyone into their home.

Her three grandsons brought her so much joy. She loved them dearly. She enjoyed going to their school functions, band performances, and watching their sporting events. She established traditions with them such as coloring Easter eggs, spending the night on Christmas Eve and tucking them in with a bedtime prayer.

Jenny had a great sense of humor and quick wit – she had to have to be with Ray. Listening to music was a huge part of her life. She was a Christian and enjoyed watching church on TV every Sunday.

Jenny is preceded in death by her parents, Leon Burns, Doris Burns, her sister, Barbara Boyd, mother-in-law, Eugenia (Jeannie) McDonald, sister-in-law, Theresa Quick, and special nephew Ralph Smith.

Jenny is survived by her loving husband, Ray, daughter Heather (Rob) Goldstraw, grandsons Dylan, Hayden and Ryan Goldstraw, sister Gloria Blackmon, brother David (Maddie) Burns, sisters-in-law JoAnne (James) Smith and Kathy (Eddie) Percival, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be a visitation on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster (Clear Lake) from 2:30pm to 4pm with a service will follow at 4pm.


  1. Ray, sorry for your loss my friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. God Bless

    Charlie Corley
  2. Ray, I am so sorry for the loss of your true love! May the lord keep you and your family in his arms and shelter you. Just know that you will see her again.

    Brady Hatfield
  3. Jenny was a beautiful person and it was my pleasure to know her. She is missed. Always thinking of you Ray.

    Colleen Browning
  4. Ray, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. May God give you the peace and comfort you need during this time. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Gaye Hattaway
  5. Ray and Heather, This just breaks my heart to hear this. I am so sorry and I will be Praying for you. I Love you, my friend.

    Bud Freeman
  6. Ray, this breaks my heart for you & Heather & grandchildren.
    Keeping ya’ll in my prayers. I’m so sorry, I have buried a spouse & it’s just heart breaking.

    Paula Fair Short
  7. My condolences to you, Ray and Heather. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jenny was one of the sweetest people I knew! Always had a smile on her face and a wonderful sense of humor!

    Sue & Charlie Reno
  8. Ray, so shocked and sorry to hear about this. Jenny was such a sweet lady. You’re a great neighbor, please call on us if you need any help whatsoever. Our hearts go out to you and the family.

    Mack & Sandra Hayes
  9. Ray, my sincere condolences to you, Heather and the grandchildren. Sorry to hear of this tragic news. Jenny was such a good person to have known.

    Stacy White

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