Heather MacDonald, 40 of Oakhurst, died on September 12, 2019 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Red Bank, she grew up in Oakhurst and graduated from the Ocean Township High School and Georgian Court College. Heather worked in the Human Services department as an Administration Assistant for Ocean Township.
Heather’s love of theater, history, and costuming were utilized in her portrayal of historical characters as a volunteer of Living History at the Ocean Historical Museum. Whether patrons were greeted by the First Lady Edith Wilson, Mabel Fenton, or Mrs. Phoebe Woolley, Heather was dedicated and passionate about her portrayals down to the tiniest detail. A gifted musician, she would also entertain playing the dulcimer or Celtic harp, her talent brining smiles to all. Heather also excelled at improvisation, partaking in variety of live action role-play games, where she portrayed fictional characters of shrewd intelligence and cool composure in the most challenging settings, facing the antagonist with courage. Her creative energies knew no bounds as did her devotion to her friends.
Among the role-playing groups she was active in the Mind’s Eye Society. People countrywide came to love Heather through her portrayal of Morvenna. She met many of them at conventions where they got to know Heather the person as well as her character. Heather was the type of person who would drop everything to help a friend. She was intelligent, fun, and had a wicked sense of humor. She was a fantastic storyteller. She was an amazing friend. She is very, very missed.
Heather was predeceased by her Susan MacDonald in January 2019 and her maternal grandmother, Helen Miller. Surviving is her father, Peter MacDonald.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday October 20 from 2-4 pm at The Township of Ocean Historical Society, 703 Deal Road in Ocean. In memory of Heather donations are requested to be made to the Monmouth County Historical Association, 70 Court Street, Freehold, NJ 07728, The Township of Ocean Historical Museum, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712 or to the American Diabetes Association, 575 Route 28, Bld 2, #2107, Raritan, NJ 08869. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence, light a memorial candle or make a memorial donation by selecting the appropriate tab.