Dona Jo Jackie "Lancaster" McQuade, 80, of Chula Vista, CA, formerly of Richwood and Oak Hill, West Virginia, passed away on June 29, 2019.
She was born on July 17, 1938, to the late Marian Herndon McQuade and Joseph Leo McQuade, of Oak Hill, West Virginia. Ms. McQuade moved to Chula Vista from the east coast in her twenties because she was attracted to the temperate climate. Ms. Lancaster started her teaching career as a special needs teacher. Later in life, she became a marriage and family counselor. She also enjoyed her hobbies of square dancing, her writer’s group at the local Senior Center, and sculpture and painting. As the daughter of the founder of National Grandparents Day, Ms. Lancaster also served as the Executive Director of National Grandparents Day for almost 15 years.
Dona Jo is survived by her daughters, Robin Devin, Chula Vista, and Jennifer Caster,Corvallis, Oregon, and her grandchildren, James Devin, Joe Malm, and Carly Malm. She is also survived by ten brothers and sisters, Shirley McQuade Davis, Beckley, WV, Paul Daniel McQuade, East Haddam, Connecticut, Charles McQuade, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Thomas McQuade, Lexington, South Carolina, David McQuade, Richwood, West Virginia, Ruth McQuade, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, George McQuade, Oak Hill, West Virginia, Margaret McQuade, Charleston, West Virginia, Michael McQuade, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Kathleen McQuade, Beckley, West Virginia.
She is pre-deceased by her brothers, Robert McQuade and Joel McQuade, and her sisters, Patricia McQuade and Mary Virginia McQuade.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV