The Lord called our sweet angel home on June 6, 2017. Dolly Marie (Ferrell) Daniels left this earth peacefully at home, surrounded by those who love her. Dolly was given the gift of life and she enjoyed it to the fullest.
Dolly was the ninth child of ten born to Leon and Maude Marie (Winans) Ferrell on January 19, 1935 at home in northern Alfalfa County. She grew up in the Driftwood, Oklahoma area. She enjoyed telling everyone that she had nine siblings naming them in order – seven brothers, (Bobby, Billy, Jimmy, Tommy, Teddy, Henry and Benny) and two sisters, (Pauline and Rosalie). Friends and family heard this often as her disease progressed, but it was received with a smile every time due to understanding what dear memories she treasured as she grew up with them all. She graduated in 1952 from Byron-Driftwood High School, where she excelled in cheerleading and basketball. She always bragged of her high point ballgames at five foot tall and challenged each one of her children and grandchildren to break her record. She was also the Alfalfa County Tennis champion and Salutatorian of her graduating class. After graduating she attended Enid Business College in Enid, Oklahoma.
In 1955 she married the love of her life, Bill Daniels, in Driftwood, and they made their home in Cherokee, Oklahoma, where she began working for Alfalfa Electric. During her working years, she was also employed by Guarantee Abstract and Alfalfa County Bank, where she worked for twenty years as a cashier and bookkeeper, retiring from there in 1990 to enjoy her grandchildren. She always considered her greatest career to be raising her four girls.
She was a member of the Friends Church of Cherokee. During her early years she enjoyed being a member of several bowling leagues in Cherokee. She and Bill had many, many laughs enjoying time with their card club friends. She was thrilled by being honored with one of the Cherokee, Oklahoma Mother of the Year awards in May of 1986. Later her greatest enjoyment was attending all activities of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were a part of. If you would have asked her what her two most treasured things in life were, undoubtedly it would have been the hugs and kisses from her sweet Bill and the joy of rocking each of her babies.
Dolly is survived by her four daughters, Carla Kildow and husband, Bobby of Cherokee, Oklahoma, Cindy Hoffmann and husband, Mark of Edmond, Oklahoma, Christy Schanbacher and husband, Steve of Cherokee, Oklahoma and Cheryl Thurman and husband, Greg of Kiowa, Kansas; three brothers, Tom Ferrell and wife, Alyce of Kiowa, Kansas, Ted Ferrell and wife, Margie of Wichita, Kansas, Benny Ferrell and wife, Adele of Denton, Texas; sister-in-law, Ruth Ferrell of Burlington, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Pat Case and husband, Floyd of Hemet, California; brother-in-law, Jim White and wife, Glennis of Cherokee, Oklahoma and sister-in-law, Lavada Bennett of Enid, Oklahoma.
Her grandchildren include Bryce and Jessica Schanbacher, Calli and Eric Spidell, Jerod Schanbacher, Jordan and Kevin Burshears, Logan and Kelsea Schanbacher, Sammi Kildow, Braden Hoffmann and Ali Thurman. She was Grandma Dolly to seven great grandchildren, Carson Schanbacher, Kaiden Spidell, Gage Burshears, Dawson Schanbacher, Rhet Burshears, Allisa Pfleider and Elliot Burshears. She also has two great grandbabies on the way, baby boy Schanbacher due in August and baby girl due in October, who will have the honor of sharing Grandma’s middle name of “Marie”. Dolly also leaves lifelong best friends, Joquietta and Ronnie Hodgson and Carol and Boyce Elmore; angel caretakers, Sandy Schroeder, Pat Douglas, Jackie Andrews and Shallyn Tatman; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Dolly was preceded in death by her loving husband, William Raymond “Bill” Daniels, who passed on December 5 2005; her parents; two sisters, Rosalie Morgan and Pauline Collings; four brothers, Bobby Ferrell, Billy Ferrell, Jimmy Ferrell, Henry Ferrell; brother-in-law, Floyd Bennett and dear friends, Jeanne and Charles Pelter.
Dolly was celebrated for her loving spirit, as well as her warmth, sensitivity, generosity and love of her family. It was the simple things in life that she never took for granted. She leaves this time on earth, blessed, knowing that heaven awaits, and she will spend eternity with her Lord Jesus Christ and be reunited with the man she loved dearly.
Celebration of her life will be held at Friends Church in Cherokee, Oklahoma at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 with Pastor Joe Woods officiating. Burial will follow at Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. at the funeral home. On Thursday evening the family will be at Dolly’s house to receive friends and family.
Memorials may be given to the Friends Church or Hospice Circle of Love through the funeral home.