Dorothy McDaniel Obituary

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Dorothy Godley McDaniel

November 1, 1918 - July 7, 2014
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Dorothy Godley McDaniel was born on November 1, 1918, in an East Texas community then called Tennessee Colony. She was the second child of seven children born to James Lawrence Godley and Willie Lou Daniel. She graduated summa cum laude from Cayuga High School. The family then moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where Dorothy attended secretarial school and began work for the US Department of Agriculture. She transferred to Washington D.C., working there until she joined the Navy in 1944. Boot camp was in New York City, with training in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was stationed in San Diego, California, working for the Naval Director of Training....
Dorothy Godley McDaniel was born on November 1, 1918, in an East Texas community then called Tennessee Colony. She was the second child of seven children born to James Lawrence Godley and Willie Lou Daniel. She graduated summa cum laude from Cayuga High School. The family then moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where Dorothy attended secretarial school and began work for the US Department of Agriculture. She transferred to Washington D.C., working there until she joined the Navy in 1944. Boot camp was in New York City, with training in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was stationed in San Diego, California, working for the Naval Director of Training. Her job was ensuring that all returning sailors received their GED if they had not graduated high school prior to WWII.

In San Diego, she attended First Baptist Church where she met and married Robert Wayne McDaniel on June 28, 1946. They were active in the church there until retirement, working in many areas including Junior High School Sunday School Department Directors, teaching Bible classes and working at Palomar Baptist Camp as cooks and any tasks required to maintain the camp. Their home was always open to sailors and marines.

After retirement, Dorothy and Wayne moved to Sonora, Arkansas, to care for Dorothy's mother, until her death in 1987. They began working with the Gideons in Arkansas.

They moved to Conroe, Texas, in 1987. Dorothy was active in West Conroe and Southside Baptist Churches. Dorothy taught Bible classes at one of the HUD housing communities and drove many of the ladies to church on Sunday. She was active in the Gideon Auxiliary as well as working with Wayne for Texas Baptist Men Builders.

Dorothy moved to Houston in 2005 and attended Houston's First Baptist Church until her death on July 7, 2014.

Dorothy is survived by her sisters, Adora Smithen, Johnye Williams, Willie Gunselmen, Mary Little, and Betty Jackson; her children, Beth Cason, Ralph McDaniel and wife, Nancy; grandchildren, Matthew McDaniel and wife, Alane, Rebecca McDaniel, Heather Cason-Guy, Amy McDaniel, and Erin Garza and husband, David; great-grandchildren, Nicolas Guy, Talia McDaniel, Jaden McDaniel, and Micah Garza.

Dorothy is remembered and loved by all. She always cared for everyone around her.

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"Dorothy Godley McDaniel … Mother Mac, to me: I am not sure just when in the summer of 1966 I came to First Baptist Church of San Diego, but I do recall..." Ron Gaskins (Roanoke, VA)

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