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Dorothy May Shepard Daniels

May 30, 1921 - August 20, 2020

Dorothy May Shepard Daniels went to be with her Lord on Thursday, August 20th, 2020.
She was known by family and friends as DD.
DD was born in her grandparents’ home, Frank and Julia Dodson in Mills County, Texas on May 30, 1921. When she was two, she burned her feet severely and doctors told her she would never …read more

Dorothy May Shepard Daniels went to be with her Lord on Thursday, August 20th, 2020.
She was known by family and friends as DD.
DD was born in her grandparents’ home, Frank and Julia Dodson in Mills County, Texas on May 30, 1921. When she was two, she burned her feet severely and doctors told her she would never walk. However, DD was never one to be predictable, especially when facing a big challenge. She learned how to walk within 2 years. She and her younger sister, Mary began school together in 1927 and due to moving around for her parents’ work, they attended 12 different schools. They graduated high school in Priddy, TX. Dorothy entered Tarleton Agricultural college in Stephenville in 1939. It was there where she met Grady Daniels and they married in February 1940. They had their first daughter, Mary Beth in Houston in July of 1941. While living in El Paso, Grady was drafted into the Army for WWII and fought in the War in the Pacific. While in the Army, DD taught the third grade in a border school with all Mexican children. When Grady came out of the Army, they faced another challenge – finding a home. At the time, they were renting a chicken house for shelter. DD made up her mind and put $10 down on a lot and decided they would build their own house by hand. They bought a tool that made cement bricks and used it to make three dozen bricks a day. Using that tool, they built their first home, 36 cement bricks at a time. Together, they built what they needed, including septic tank and replumbed the house for propane because natural gas was not available outside the city limits. While in El Paso, DD was a bookkeeper and was business manager for El Paso High School.
DD and Grady have always been able to build and create just about anything they needed. They moved back to Stephenville where their second daughter, Linda was born. DD loved to garden, had the gift of a green thumb and loved to grow flowers and vegetables wherever there was a spot in the yard. After working at a car dealership, DD went back to school to get licensed to work for the State Welfare Department. She worked in many departments, Child Welfare, Day Care Supervision and for most of her 28 years there, she worked in Long Term Care with Nursing Home Activity Directors.

During the 1970s she and Grady (who became known as Pops) started new careers and founded the Century 21 Real Estate office in Granbury. They continued in that work for another 20 years and finally ‘retired.’ Upon retirement DD never slowed down. She and Pops traveled extensively, going on cruises, seeing Europe and visiting friends and family all over the country. They also spent many trips looking up their genealogy. DD was able to trace her family back to the Texas Revolution and was proud to be a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. They both loved to tell stories of what it was like to grow up during the depression because they always were creating new ways to make the best of the little they had.

In her later years, DD and Pops were wealthy in life and love. They enjoyed having parties for everyone at their home on the lake, fishing in mountain streams and spending time with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

DD was preceded in death by Pops, her husband Grady Edgar Daniels, her parents, Ruth Estelle and David Shepard, her sister Mary Canady, brothers Arthur and David Shepard a grandson, Tommy Bridges and sons in law, Truman Bridges and Alvie Allison. She is survived by her daughters Mary Beth Bridges and Linda Allison, grandchildren Jimmy and Stacy Bridges, Becky (Bridges) and Kevin Dinnin, Adrienne (Allison) and Jason Ingram, Stacia (Allison) and Scott Miller and David and Mandy Allison, and 12 great grandchildren. A burial service will be held at 3 p.m. August 27th at Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury, Tex.

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm

Holly Hills Mausoleum Chapel

1900 Hwy 51 North
Granbury, TX 76048

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Holly Hills Memorial Park

1900 Hwy 51 North
GRANBURY, TX 76048

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