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Mary Ann Donaldson Hay
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  • The Mary Ann Donaldson Hay Memorial Fund for Women's Sailing at The College of Charleston, c/o The College of Charleston Foundation
    66 George Street
    Charleston, SC 29424

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“Very sorry to learn of this loss of Mrs. Hay. Her family always made her proud and she loved to speak about them during he few times I met her in the...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Roy DeHaven - Charleston, SC

“Henry, Emmie let me know last night about Mary Ann's passing. I am so sorry to hear about, but inspired by y'all's long and happy marriage. You and...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Lex Alexander - Greensboro, NC

“Hay family members,I am sorry for the loss in your family. May God guide you through this difficult time. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Riddell Perry - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Our deepest sympathieS ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: DERRAL AND JOETTE MCCOY - Friend

“Mr Hay and Family:Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the passing of your dear wife, mother and grandmother.God bless Mrs. Hay and God bless all...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Robert Allen Young - SC - Friend

“Thinking of the Hay family during this difficult time and sending prayers your way. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Andrew Byrd - Beaufort, SC

“Our deepest sympathies Mr. Hay and family. Mrs. Hay was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Praying for y'all. Ron, Ruthie and Sojo ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Ruthie Tripp - St. George, SC

“David, may fond memories of your mother bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.John...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: John Morris - Charleston, SC

“y sincere condolences to the Hay family. Prayers for comfort and strength. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Tensie Campbell

“Our sincere condolences for the loss of such a special loved one. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mary Ann was a sweet and beautiful...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Marie Thompson - Wadmalaw Island, SC


Mary Ann Donaldson Hay, 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wife of Henry Muhler Hay, Jr., lost her battle with Parkinson's Disease on July 7, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Robert James Donaldson and Catherine Lucas Coleman Donaldson, step-mother, Rosalie (Dodo) Coleman Donaldson. Her private graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 in Johns Island Presbyterian Churchyard. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Mary Ann grew up on the waterfront in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant where she "helped" her father and uncle build multiple award winning sail boats on their front porch. She spent many happy hours on the water. Mary Ann and Henry built 2 homes and remodeled 2 homes in the Old Village where their 3 sons also enjoyed growing up on the harbor, sailing, swimming and boating. Her ministry to her family and many friends was through her famous lowcountry cuisine and was one of her greatest joys. Mema's recipe book which she lovingly prepared is cherished by her family. A true daughter of the lowcountry, she will be dearly missed by her devoted family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Henry Hay, Jr. and three sons, Robert Marshall Hay, MD (Lisa); David Mikell Hay, Sr. ( Mariana) and Henry Muhler Hay III, (Cheryl); two grandsons, David Mikell Hay, Jr. and Henry M. Hay IV; seven granddaughters, Caroline Robinson (Russell), Kathleen Hagood (Andrew), Ellen Johnson, MD (Addison), Mariana Avant (Walker), Annie Hay, Libby Hay, Catherine Lucas Coleman Hay; three great grandsons, Charlie and Hays Robinson and James Hagood. She is also survived by her sister, Sandy Knisley (John) and sister-in-law, Suzanne Donaldson. She was preceded in death by her sisters and their husbands, Katherine and John Butler and Betty and Thomas Williams and a brother, Robert Donaldson.

Memorials may be made to The Mary Ann Donaldson Hay Memorial Fund for Women's Sailing at The College of Charleston, c/o The College of Charleston Foundation, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424.

To view the funeral service please see the following: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/ZXC3S87R7CWJKM5S