January 9, 1934 – August 6, 2019
Dorothy Faye McDaniel was born to George Washington and Esther Lee Sims in Dacus, Texas on January 9, 1934, and passed away peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior on August 6, 2019, in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill McDaniel, her father and mother, sister Georgia and husband Jack Williams and brother William Ray and wife Glenda Sims.
Dorothy married Billy Ray McDaniel on March 6, 1953 and began her lifelong work as a loving wife, mother, pastor’s wife and school bus driver. She tells the story that she knew she would marry Bill when she first saw him, and she was instrumental in leading him to know Christ as his Savior. God blessed her with the gift of hospitality. Dorothy loved to sew and would cook a large meal for drop in visitors. She worked to help provide extra money for the family by taking a bus downtown for several years and then driving a school bus for 22 years for Aldine ISD. In all this she never missed one of the boy’s baseball games. The family never had a time without a family dog, even a few strays along the way. After her mom passed, Dorothy became the family matriarch and helped to hold the extended family together in the good times and bad times. She dutifully hosted the Sims family Christmas party for many years even after her health began to fail. She lived for that day and she did it in style. To any family member, Dorothy made it her business to know what was happening in the lives of each one of the family. She knew everybody’s birthdates and made sure everyone knew she was there to help. As a Christian servant and pastors’ wife, Dorothy played the piano, taught Sunday School, visited the sick, mentored the younger women and hosted evangelists during revivals.
Dorothy fondly remembered her childhood on the farm in Richards Texas with her family. At the age of twelve Dorothy was cooking meals for the entire family who worked in the fields. She moved to “the big city of Houston” when she was 15 years old. She graduated from Galena Park High School in 1952. She and Bill enjoyed traveling to the mountains and camping and she loved the game of baseball, instilling that love for the game in her two sons, Dale and Mark, at a very young age. She was a great neighbor who sought to be kind and helpful to everyone around her, and never hesitated to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Those left to cherish her memory include, son Dale McDaniel; son Mark McDaniel and his wife Kim; grandchildren Brian McDaniel and his wife Tamara; Grace McDaniel; Tammy Yates and her husband Shawn; Pam White and her husband Josh; Robin Barnett and her husband Sam; Jamie Jones and her husband Kevin; sister Betty Groover and husband Walter; brother Duane Sims and wife Linda; 16 great grandchildren; and numerous loving in-laws, nieces and nephews.
A Visitation service will be held at Metcalf Funeral Home in Conroe Tx. on Sunday August 11, 2019 from 5-7pm. Funeral services will be Monday August 12, 2019 at 10am at Metcalf. Graveside service will be at noon at Hardy Cemetery in New Waverly Tx. There will be lunch following the gravesite service.
- Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
- Celebration of Life Monday, August 12, 2019
August 12, 2019
So sorry for all of you. Sorry I can’t be there. Have some chealth issues I’m working on. G In all my life I’ve never seen the endearing way the Sims Stovalls and Taliaferros clung together and survived a tough time. Always happy and joking. Enjoying life in a way people today can’t compre. Sharing food and everything else. I’m sitting on my porch where you all lived. I love this place and the memories we call share. The world has changed but we have not. Prayers and love for all of you.
August 12, 2019
I met Dorothy and all the Stovall and Sims clans in 1952. Charles and I and Mama and Pappa Taliaferro loved the whole family. As we all got married had kids they became friends. I don’t believe there could be found hga family closer and who shared more of life than the Stovalls Taliaferros and Sims. We love you all in a very special way. As everyone has said There’s just something about that smile of Dorthoy’s. You have so many lovely memories to share. You are family to us. Sorry I am having health issues and won’t be able to come today. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
August 10, 2019
Just as her mother, Dorothy never said an unkind word about anyone. She always saw the good in all and lived by faith and Christian principles.
I am unable to attend Dorothy’s home going but know her gathering will be grand. Ah, the lives she touched! My first cousin Dorothy rallied the family. She was the emotional glue! ♥️
Sarah Peel Mabry
August 10, 2019
Duane and I are so sadden for the loss of a truly wonderful sister/sister in law. Dot was always there when help was needed. She kept the Sims' family together after the passing of their Mom, Esther Lee. Our family is truly grateful for all the times she hosted Christmas and other occasions. We will miss her terribly and always remember her with love. Our love and sympathy go out to Dale and Mark and their families. I will always remember Dot's smile.
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