Leslie Claire Johnson McDonald of Falmouth died December 26, after a period of declining health. She was 78.

She was the wife of James B. McDonald, who died in June 2019. For many years, she and her husband had owned and operated McDonald’s Paint & Wallpaper in downtown Falmouth, a business that had been started by her father-in-law in 1948.

Born and raised in Attleboro, she was the daughter of Claire M. (Barrett) and John J. Johnson Jr. She graduated from Attleboro High School in the Class of 1959.

She furthered her education at the College of New Rochelle in New York, and after graduating in 1963 joined the Peace Corps and served in Morocco.

Upon her return to Massachusetts she taught school, including in Braintree.

On February 10, 1968, she and Mr. McDonald were married and, in 1975, they settled in Falmouth.

Ms. McDonald was active in the Falmouth community and was a member of the Friends of Falmouth Library, Falmouth Historical Society and Falmouth Conservation Group. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and visited Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico many times.

In more recent years, she practiced tai chi with the Cape Cod Guang Ping Tai Ji Quan Club.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents; and her brother Alfred B. Johnson.

She leaves a niece and nephew, Catherine and Brian McDonald; a stepniece, Shannon Clark of Ventura, California; many cousins; and other family.

A funeral service will be at a later date.

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