Wanda Lee McDonald

Female27 May 1937–28 July 1999

Brief Life History of Wanda Lee

When Wanda Lee McDonald was born on 27 May 1937, in Frankston, Anderson, Texas, United States, her father, Reagan F McDonald, was 25 and her mother, Dora Mertz Saxon, was 23. She married James Wyman Rains on 30 October 1952. She lived in United States in 1949 and Galena Park, Harris, Texas, United States in 1950. She died on 28 July 1999, in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Grand View Memorial Park, Pasadena, Harris, Texas, United States.

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James Wyman Rains
Wanda Lee McDonald
Marriage: 30 October 1952

Sources (12)

  • Wanda L McDonald, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Wanda Lee McDonald, "Texas Births and Christenings, 1840-1981"
  • Wanda Lee Rains, "Texas Death Index, 1903-2000"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 October 1952
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)


    Age 4

    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

    1949 · 1950s Texas Drought

    Age 12

    One of most intense, costly, and devastating droughts ever recorded in the state of Texas. The entire state was in a state of drought by the summer of 1951. Less than 30-50% of the normal rainfall was received during this period. The state was plagued with dust storms similar to those from the infamous Dust Bowl. The drought ended in a destructive manner throughout 1957; storms, hail, tornadoes, and deadly floods.

    1954 · Right to Serve on Juries

    Age 17

    In 1954, women finally won the right to serve on juries.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill ‘son of Domhnall’, a name derived from the Celtic elements domno- ‘world’ + val- ‘might, rule’. Donald is an Anglicized form (via Latin) of this personal name used in Scotland, though the surname is also widespread in Ireland. The name is equivalent to Irish McDonnell and McConnell , and to Manx Cannell .

    History: This is the name of the largest and most disparate of the Scottish clans (Clan Donald), associated in particular with the Hebrides and claiming descent from Domhnall mac Raghnaill mac Somhairle, who lived in the late 12th century. From that time until 1493 the head of the clan was known as Lord (or King) of the Isles. The reigns of the Lords of the Isles were always stormy, often in conflict with the kings of Scotland, and peppered with disasters. After a series of defeats in the 1480s, Eoin Mac Dhomhnaill a Ìle (John Macdonald of Islay, Earl of Ross and Lord of the Isles) forfeited his lands, his power, and his title as Lord of the Isles in 1493 to King James IV of Scotland. By then, a branch of the family had settled in the Antrim Glens in Ireland and members moved between the southern Hebrides and Ireland throughout the 16th century.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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