Denyse Jessica McDonald, 40, is the youngest daughter of Severo Jr. & María Elena (Santillán) McDonald of Sachse, TX (formally of Pharr).

She was born on Friday, August 6, 1976. Denyse leaves behind the reasons for her courageous and hard-fought battles, her beautiful 10-year-old daughter, Lauren Isabel Soto, and her handsome 8-year-old son, Matthew Gabriel Soto of Edinburg. The love of her life and fiancé, Eric Garza of San Juan, is left with a void in his heart. She is also survived by her sisters, Esmeralda McDonald Guzman of Garland, TX and Thelma McDonald (Rick) Ramos of Sachse, TX; her brother, Nathan McDonald of Grand Prairie, TX; three nieces, three nephews, two grandnieces and a grandnephew; her paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Severo Sr. & Olivia McDonald of Pharr. She was loved by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Having built the stairway to heaven ahead of her were her maternal grandparents, Gilberto Santillán Sr. and María L. Santillán of San Juan.

Visitation was held from 5 to 9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary Friday, June 9th, at Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg. Funeral Mass was at 12 noon on Saturday, June 10th at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in San Juan. Burial followed at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr. Pallbearers were: Nathan McDonald, Eric Banda, Eric Garza, Michael Ramos, Sammy Guzman and Jose Luis Santillán.

Funeral services were under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.

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