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April Truitt MacDonald

Posted By obits On July 3, 2013 @ 11:26 am In Obituaries | 39 Comments

April Truitt MacDonald

April Truitt MacDonald, 63, of Colington Harbour, passed away July 2, 2013 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. April was the daughter of the late Frances and James Cousins of Norfolk, Va., affectionately known as Nana and PopPop.

April will be remembered and cherished by her husband Steve MacDonald of Colington Harbour and her twin sons James, of Colington Harbour, and Graham and his wife Meghann Gould, of Rota, Spain. April will also be deeply missed by the Colington Pictionary families of Bennett, Davis, Fischer, Kerner, Knab, Rasmussen, Ross, and Zarate, as well as the entire Albemarle Emmaus Community.

April was born and raised in Norfolk, Va., and graduated from Maury High School and Old Dominion University. She was a Medical Technologist and worked at several hospitals in Norfolk, Va., and Leonardtown, Md., before retiring from Albemarle Hospital Regional Medical Center after eleven years of dedicated service. She was a member of the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church and walked on the Albemarle Emmaus AE80 “Revival” in 2009.

What brought April the most joy was spending time with family and friends; whether here in the local community, down on Ocracoke Island, or anywhere good fellowship and company was to be had. April loved nature, especially bird-watching from her deck or camping with her family. She will be remembered most as a loving wife, dedicated mother, and loyal friend.

A memorial service will be held at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church on Saturday July 13, at 5 pm, with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of April MacDonald to: Dare County Relay for Life American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834. Those wishing to use a credit card may call Ellen Ray at the ACS Greenville office at 252-695-9054.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.



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Condolence from Jennifer Gamiel on July 3rd, 2013 11:18 pm

It was an honor to share AE 80 with April. So sweet and so positive, I am glad she no longer hurts and I look forward to a great gathering one day when we will all worship together again.

Condolence from peggy foss on July 3rd, 2013 11:32 pm

Please be well James Graham Megan and Captain Steve…you are a wonderful family take care of each other at this time of great sorrow and sadness ..it is a pleasure to know you all and have been part of your family love peggy

Condolence from Frances Turner Braswell on July 4th, 2013 7:54 am

Steve, I am sorry to learn of April’s passing. Not living in Colington for 5 years, I was not aware of her illness. She always had a smile on her face and loved life. She loved speaking of her family and you could feel the happiness in her voice when she spoke you and her children. God speed in this time of saddness but April will always be in your hearts. Take care.

Condolence from John, Bonnie, Audrey and Ida Bennett on July 4th, 2013 9:07 am

Dearest Steve,James,Graham & Meghann,
We will miss our April and Aunt Apple for always…but she will remain forever in our hearts!! With so many wonderful, wonderful memories tucked away in our hearts and minds, we will cling to and cherish….she will never be forgotten. We love you Aunt Apple for always!! With all of our love and sympathy…..John,Bonnie,Audrey and IdaBoo

Condolence from Carolyn Hetzer Zuttel on July 4th, 2013 10:31 am

Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful times we had with April and the memories we have to treasure of her, one of the Lord’s most favored and tender souls. Thank you, Lord, for the strength you gave Steve to nurture her as she wished and bravely faced the inevitable that came not as we would have wished but as you gave us all to endure in greater knowledge of the power of your Love.

Thank you, Lord, for the knowledge and confidence that April has entered your presence where she rests in your glory and comfort and peace and love.

Condolence from Roxanne Jackson on July 4th, 2013 7:29 pm

I walked on the Emmaus walk with April and after that we became better acquainted through Bonnie. She loved to come to Dress Barn and look and talk it was always so good to see that smile even though you knew the cancer was taking a toll on her body! Steve and family you have lost a great and mighty lady and now she is with her Lord and Saviour with no more pain. You are in our prayers. Roxanne

Condolence from Katy Jo Walker on July 5th, 2013 12:24 am

Thinking of you and your family, what a sweet and wonderful woman she was! Sending you lots of love, prayers, thoughts and strength. You all are in my thoughts and heart during this hard time.

Condolence from Jeff and Lisa Whitt on July 5th, 2013 12:25 am


We are so sorry to hear of April’s passing – please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Mary and Ed Hendrix on July 5th, 2013 4:04 pm

Dear Steve and family,
April was loved by her co-workers at Regional and will be sadly missed. You are all in our prayers.
Mary and Ed

Condolence from Annie Gray-Clark on July 6th, 2013 7:45 am

Our deepest sympathies on the passing of April. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Greg and Annie Clark
Trevor Clark

Condolence from Mike and Debbie Murray on July 6th, 2013 11:06 am

April and I worked together at Va. Beach Hospital for 19 years. We were dear friends. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding and we shared many good memories together. Even though we went in different directions thru the years we still managed to keep in touch. I’m so glad she is not suffering anymore, but I will miss such a genuine person and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve,James and Graham. Love,Mike,Debbie and family

Condolence from Diane and Jeff Fischer on July 6th, 2013 9:33 pm

Steve, James, Graham, Meghann- We are praying for each of you and for you as a family in the loss of our dear April. She was a joy to be with, a friend at all times, someone who listened carefully to others and showed an interest in others, a courageous warrior against her cancer. She had a deep faith that was mature, compassionate, and loving. She trusted God and knew her Savior awaited the end of her earthly struggles. I will always cherish her friendship. We will miss our dear friend – Love For Always! Diane and Jeff

Condolence from Charlene Staples & Family on July 7th, 2013 11:44 am

Dear MacDonald Family,
April was a support to our family, from birthday parties, memorial services and and working in the lab as coworkers. Megan will always cherish her halmark christmas ornaments and homemade christmas candy. I will always remember your smile and our “Lab” dinner at Barefoot Bernies.

Condolence from Lynne Harris on July 7th, 2013 7:20 pm

Dear Steve and family,
We are so sad for the loss of April. The world is now a little less beautiful, but we know we will one day see her again. For now, she will remain in our hearts. May your faith and the love of your friends give you the strength you need.
Len and Lynne Harris

Condolence from Andrew and Myra Twiddy on July 8th, 2013 1:58 pm

April was a very special person to us when we went to the Lab for my husband to do blood work. She was always the same happy person every time even though she was sick. The LORD has taken her home to walk streets of gold. May the lord give the family strength to carry on Take care .God bless

Condolence from Max and Debbie Dutton on July 9th, 2013 10:16 am


So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a strong person and fought a good fight. Your faith will give you the strength to get though. May God Bless You richly.

Condolence from Jess,Matt,&Genevieve Witter on July 9th, 2013 5:59 pm

Your love for each other was always visible and one of those that is forever. We love you all and know you are in great hands with your sweet angel April watching over you boys!

Condolence from Mary Newton on July 9th, 2013 7:04 pm

Dear Steve and Family,
It’s been over 30 years since I worked with April in the lab at Gen. Hosp.of Virginia Beach in the ’70’s. She was Metheny, then but soon met Steve, who took her away to a happy future. for many years I had the suncatcher she made me when she took a stained glass class.And I was so touched by the photo montage she sent me this summer. I have never forgotten her quiet sweet nature and enjoyed hearing her news at Christmas every year. I am so sad to learn that another of God’s angels has been called back home. Rest in peace, April.

Condolence from Mary Berry on July 9th, 2013 11:34 pm

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Cynthia Askew Croswait on July 10th, 2013 8:38 am

Steve and Family, our love and prayers for you during this difficult time. April was an awesome lady and will be missed, but her wonderful memories will be here forever! She was a very strong and courageous woman who is now with our Lord suffering no more! God Bless you and give you peace. Love you much always!

Condolence from Sherry Rollason on July 10th, 2013 11:45 am

Dear Steve and Family,

I just learned this morning of April’s passing and my deepest sympathy is expressed. May God give you and yours comfort during this time of sorrow and know that she is free of pain and will always be in your hearts. I remember our long talks when I had negatives to be processed. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Condolence from B.L. & Sallie Ackley on July 11th, 2013 8:55 am

Dear Steve and Family,

We are saddened to hear of April’s passing. May God grant you peace and understanding in this most difficult time. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Roy & Sandra Singletary on July 11th, 2013 9:57 am

Dear Steve & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our Bible Study at church (Son Rise Church) has been praying for April for a long time now. May the Lord comfort you, Bless you, and ease your pain.
We love you, Roy & Sandra

Condolence from Terry Collins and Karl Merritt and Kristine and Heather and families on July 11th, 2013 9:49 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. We shared sons for so many years of their growing up. April was a loving Mom who also helped with the neighborhood boys. May you find peace in all the good memories. We send our condolences to you all. She will always be with you! I am moving to the KDH FoodLion. If you need anything please let me or Karl know.

Condolence from Janet & Chuck Jarrett on July 12th, 2013 10:06 am

We feel fortunate for the privilege of knowing April. She was a wonderful member of the RMC Team and Chuck always aked if April was working when he needed blood drawn at Regional. It was wonderful to see the special way her face would glow when she was speaking of her family. Goodbye April and our love to your family.

Condolence from maria elena heifferon on July 12th, 2013 10:47 am

Dear Steve and family,
I’m so very sorry for your loss, she was a very special lady. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
May God Bless you and watch over you and ease your pain in this difficult time.

Condolence from Ronny and Becky Bennett on July 12th, 2013 2:27 pm

We are comforted in that April is resting in peace. We miss April and her kind ways. We always will. Steve, you and your family have been and still are in our prayers. We love you. Her journey touched so many people. She was a Blessing to all. LYMI…

Condolence from Rad and Margie Tillett on July 12th, 2013 4:21 pm

Steve and family,
Our deepest sympathy in your great loss.

Condolence from Darlene Battaile on July 12th, 2013 9:29 pm

So sorry to hear this very sad news today. April was such a sweet soul and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Sherri Henderson on July 12th, 2013 10:25 pm

Steve and Family, Words can not express how much April was loved by her family, RMC family, friends and patients. She will be missed so much. I miss seeing and talking to her at RMC. She was a great friend, Strong, wise, caring and always made time to listen. She did so much for me the last 8years I have know her.I thank God he put her in my life. Without her encouragement, support and love, I don’t think I would be here today. She truly was a ray of sunshine on a dreary day. I love you April and miss you so!! I can feel you now, comforting me. I’ll carry you in my heart,always. I praise God you are one of his angels in heaven now. Angel April is HOME.
We thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories.
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.
Good-bye my dear friend.

Condolence from Paul and GG Marshall on July 13th, 2013 3:29 pm

We are very sorry for the loss of April.
We were honored to have known her, even if it was only for a very short period of time. She raised a wonderful son, Graham who is married to our niece Meghann Gould. We recently spent some
time with Graham and Meghann in Spain and were there when we learned of April’s passing. We know the great qualities of kindness and understanding she taught her sons will be with us through Graham and James.

GOD Bless,
GG and Paul Marshall

Condolence from S on July 14th, 2013 5:15 pm

My Heart is broken… This lady was the sweetest person I’ve ever encountered. I met Ms April at Regional Medical., she was absolutely a very professional person as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I will always hold a special place in my heart for this kind lady.. Says a lot for just a person who you would meet at a lab right? Well she carried herself that way.. You’ll be dearly missed and so will those friendly hugs you always offered! Take care of our friend God..

Condolence from Marcus Felton and family on July 15th, 2013 12:23 pm

I remember how April and Steve welcomed me into the Kitty Hawk Methodist family in 1983 and have loved you ever since. I am so sorry to hear of April’s passing and will remember her as such a cheerful and warm person and so uplifting to be with. As you are also, Steve. Our prayers are with you and the boys.

Condolence from Donna Elliott on July 15th, 2013 3:28 pm

I just heard about April. I am so sorry for your loss. April was a very special lady. I always loved to see her when ever I would run into her at Regional, the grocery store, Rely for Life or any other place. I always loved to hear how the boys were doing and she always wanted to hear how my kids were doing too. She loved her family very much and she was so proud of her boys. She will be missed by many people. I will have you all in my thoughts, and I hope that your memories and the care and concern of your friends will help you during this very difficult time.

Donna Elliott

Condolence from Pam Lonergan on July 17th, 2013 9:50 am

I am so sorry to hear of April’s passing. April and I were in Medical Technology School together and became friends. We continued to see each other and stay friends after we completed our training. She was so academically skilled. I had to study very hard to keep up with her but to tell the truth, she almost always achieved the higher score.
I was pleased when April agreed to be a bridemaid in my wedding in 1976.
We kept in touch until our children were born and she moved to MD. Even then she continued to send me cards even knowing that I was a very poor communicator!
I was very lucky to have her as my friend.
Pam Burchette Lonergan

Condolence from Janelle Austin Parrish on August 4th, 2013 3:26 pm

Steve, James and Graham – So sorry for you all. I just heard of April’s passing. She was a wonderful woman. My parents always were pleased to go to the lab and have her there. Thoughts and prayers for you all. She is smiling down on all of you.
Janelle Austin Parrish and family

Condolence from Linda Beuzeville on August 7th, 2013 5:43 pm

I had the honour of spending time with April and Steve on their Italian holiday last year. It is with great sadness that I hear of her passing. I loved seeing Steve and April together, their love touched me deeply. My condolences to Steve and family.
Linda Beuzeville

Condolence from Betsy and Brett on August 7th, 2013 8:54 pm

Steve and family,
We are so sorry to hear of April’s passing. It was a blessing to have met her last year in Italy. She certainly brought light to our days on our honeymoon and our dinner with you two in Florence was one Brett and I will cherish. She is always in our hearts and you all in our prayers.

Betsy and Brett Gancarz

Condolence from Terri Carnes on August 13th, 2013 8:47 am

I am so sorry to hear about April, I got to know her over the years while she was working at Regional. She was really excited about her son’s wedding. She was such a kind and friendly person. We will all miss her. Rest in peace.


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