Laverne Constant McDonald

Laverne McDonald

A Servant’s Journey


LaVerne Constant McDonald, affectionately known as “Bernie” and “La La”, was the only daughter born to the parentage of Henry Mack, Sr. and Albertha Anderson Mack on January 8, 1937 in Galveston, TX.

She was educated in the public schools of Galveston, Orange and La Marque Texas, and was a proud 1954 graduate of Lincoln High School.  She furthered her education and attended Prairie View A&M University (1954 – 1957); and graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Radiology in Galveston, where she graduated as an X-ray Technician (1964).

On May 7, 1960, she was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life, Mr. Melbourne T. McDonald Sr.  This union of love was blessed with three children: Melbourne, Jacqlyn (Jacqui), and Audra McDonald.

Having been reared in a Christian home, she gave her life to Christ at an early age.   She was a loyal and devoted member of McKinney Memorial United Methodist Church in La Marque.  She dedicated her service, not for fame but to magnify the name of the Lord.  During her tenure at McKinney, she served as Past President of The United Methodist Woman; member of Carter’s Circle #2; instrumental in making the “Love Ribbons” for the United Methodist Women; Member of the Lena Perryman Senior Program, working with the Love Committee, distributor of the Upper Room to the sick and shut in members; and volunteering with Vacation Bible School.  God also anointed her with talents of playing the piano, organ, and singing.

She served as a musician for Primm Chapel AME Church and McKinney, where she was musician/director of the Chancel Choir and the Youth Choir, along with her sister-in-law, Willie Mae Mack, for many years.  She also served Galilee, Wilbur Chapel, and Faith United Methodist Churches whenever called upon as a musician and soloist, for various occasions in the church and community. She was also a former member of Sweet Aster Court #327 Heroines of Jericho – PHA.

She was also inducted into the Galveston County Sacred Music Hall of Fame, The Ecumenical Prayer Partners Prayer Hall of Fame, and received “The Caring Award” from State Representative Patricia Guy of District 23, along with various other awards and recognitions from the church and community.

She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend to many. Her life revolved around her family, church, and caring for others; she never forgot a birthday or anniversary, for which she would send thoughtful cards that often included one of her famous handkerchiefs! 


On Saturday February 6, 2021, she answered her call to eternal rest. Upon her heavenly arrival, she was greeted by her mother and father, Albertha and Henry Mack, Sr.; her husband M. T. McDonald, Sr.; daughter, Audra Annette McDonald; brother, Henry Mack, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Willie Mae Mack, Myrtle Griffin, Lou Mc Donald, Grace Duncan, Jimmy Mae Williams, and Lori Lee; brothers-in-law, George Mc Donald Jr.(Buster) and Aubrey Mc Donald; and nephews, John Everett Mack and Lawrence Cornelius Mack.


She leaves to cherish her loving and precious memories in the hearts of her devoted children: son and daughter-in-law, Melbourne T. McDonald, Jr. and Laura of Austin, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Jacqlyn D. Turner and Vincent of Stafford, Texas; four precious grandsons, Mario Jarrod McDonald of Texas City, Vincent M. Turner, of Houston, Texas; Jace Christian Turner of Stafford, Texas, and Chancellor Matthew McDonald, of Austin, Texas; great-granddaughter, Lyric Maori McDonald, of Katy, Texas;  brothers, John Lee Mack, Connie Mack and wife, Consetta of Texas City; sister-in-law, Juanita Mack of Los Angeles, California;  nieces and nephews, Christopher Mack, Ricardo Mack, Mario Mack, Trina Mack, Tor’Ra Mack, Connie Mack, Jr., Nichole Mack Robinson, LeRoy Gilmore, Richard Gilmore, Consetta Anne Gilmore, Darlene Gilmore, Rhonda Crawford, Earnest Crawford, July Mack; great-niece, Danielle  Moore and husband, Harry; and a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends, whom she will forever cherish.





“If you miss me from singing down here…

Come on up to bright glory, I’ll be singing up there!”

There will be a public visitation held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10am.There will be a private due to COVID at 12pm. The service will be live streamed on Carnes Facebook website. Burial to follow at Hayes Grace Memorial Park.