Rose Marie MacDonald died Monday at the Souris Hospital. She was 71. (CBC)

Well-loved community advocate and politician from Little Pond, Rose Marie MacDonald died Monday at the Souris Hospital. She was 71.

MacDonald served as an MLA in Kings County from 1988 to 1996. She is being remembered as a passionate advocate for rural P.E.I.   

"She just had such a love for her community. She had a love for the people of the community. She was a woman who believed in the farming community and wanted to do more all the time," said Nancy Guptill who worked with MacDonald during her years in the legislature.   

"She believed that people in the rural area deserve as much as the urban area and that everybody should have a job, that everybody have support and she worked hard, beyond words, to make that happen."  

Guptill says MacDonald was a role model for women on P.E.I. and will be deeply missed.  

"Rose Marie was a person who had a kind heart, would give the shirt off her back for anybody and I truly loved her as a person and I can tell you she was such a great friend to me, couldn't have had a better person."  

MacDonald's funeral will be held Thursday in Little Pond at 10:30 a.m.