MACDONALD, Lisa Dawn (nee Hartell)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lisa Dawn Macdonald (Hartell) after a five month battle with cancer. Lisa was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 8, 1970 and passed away on March 1, 2017. Lisa is survived by her three precious sons, Tate (Taylor), Beau, and Slade; parents Bob and Yvonne Hartell of Strathmore; sister Lindy (Bjonna) Fuchs and their children Gunnar and Skyler from Peers, Alberta; brother Wace (Amanda) and their children Keeley and Jack from Empress, Alberta; father and mother-in-law, Alastair and Sharon; brother-in-law Matthew (Kerry) and son Georgie; and sister-in-law Jody (Michael) and daughter Meg, all from New Zealand. Lisa was predeceased by her husband, Hamish in 2007; grandpa Albert Desmet; grandparents Jack and Mag Hartell; and uncles Jackie Hartell and Robert Desmet. Lisa was a free spirit and she loved to dance, jog, and go camping. She married Hamish in 1993 and, shortly after, they moved to The Plains Station in TeAnau, New Zealand. After Hamish’s passing, Lisa and the boys moved back to Strathmore, Alberta. Lisa had many struggles in her life and she battled them hard. In the last two years she was back to her normal, fun-loving self. Unfortunately, her biggest battle with Leukemia was one she just couldn’t defeat, but she did put up a big fight. A celebration of Lisa’s life will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Cheadle Hall at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Wheatland & Area Hospice Society (PO Box 2154, Strathmore, AB, T1P 1K2). To send condolences, please click the link below or email directly to

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