Friends remembered: Mary Laverne McDaniel

Mary Laverne McDaniel

Mary Laverne McDaniel, 89, of Longview, Texas, died March 21, 2017.  She was the widow of Carnegie Medal awardee James Young McDaniel, who was fatally wounded while struggling with a gunman in the foyer of a church in Daingerfield, Texas, during morning worship on June 22, 1980.  Four others were killed, and 10 were wounded by gunfire, including Mrs. McDaniel.  The Hero Fund resumed a relationship with her in 2006, providing a monthly grant, to help with living expenses, that extended to the time of her passing.