Celebrating Dorothy
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Mrs. Dorothy M. McDaniel

December 11th , 1941  -  July 11th , 2020

Celebration of Life

Thank you for celebrating the life of Mrs. Dorothy M. McDaniel

Sunday, July 26, at 12:00 pm.



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Dorothy's Biography

Dorothy Mae McGriff Washington McDaniel was born December 11, 1941, in Gordan, Alabama to John Henry McGriff (predeceased) and Fannie Mae Stafford. She was the oldest of her three siblings, Mattie Jean Cross (predeceased), Nelson McGriff (predeceased), and Robert A. McGriff.

In 1957, Dorothy relocated to Miami, Florida with her two young daughters. She married Eldridge Washington (predeceased) and together they had six children.  After the death of her first husband, she later remarried to James  McDaniel. Early in her life, she dedicated her life to the Lord at Allen Chapel AME Church. She was a prayer warrior who trusted taking everything to God in prayer, knowing all will be well. She encouraged her family and everyone she came in contact with to accept Christ as their Saviour and to believe in the power of prayer.

Just as passionately as she believed in Christ, she stressed the importance of a good education as a pathway to success in life. She studied at Miami-Dade College and had a lifelong career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Her gift was surely caregiving and it extended well beyond the hospitals’ walls as a Nurse. Her greatest joy was caring for her Mother and others as a dedicated Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Friend, and overall Humanitarian. She generously shared her unconditional love and gave it to anyone in need. 

Our beloved Dorothy Mae McGriff Washington McDaniel, 78, left our earthly presence to receive her glorious crown on Saturday, July 11, 2020, peacefully at her mother’s home in Miami, Florida with her family by her side.


Dorothy is survived by her loving mother, Fannie Mae Stafford aka Mother Dear and brother, Robert A. McGriff. In addition, she leaves to carry on her legacy eight children: Ozzie Bradley, Geraldine (Ossie) Reynolds, Tommie (Linda) Washington, Walter (Jamil) Washington, Anthony Washington, Albert Washington, Sheila Washington, and Sandra (Glenn) Harris,  nineteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, friends, and neighbors. Special friends near and dear to her heart include Ossie Reynolds, Glenn Harris, Willie Shields, and Lorse Henry Safford.



A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matters how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again.




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