October 27, 1924 Mexia, Texas
Passed Away:
March 3, 2016 Fullerton, California
March 21, 2016
Chaplain James Trebilcox
Angeles Abbey Mausoleum
Compton, California
Mary Lee Daniel Redfern

REDFERN, Mary Lee Rodgers Daniel

Oct. 27, 1924-March 3, 2016


            Beloved mother, grandmother “Mimi”, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend died at home around 8 p.m. March 3 after a year-long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 91.

            Mary Lee was the only child of Dee Rodgers and Alta Howard Rodgers, born in Mexia, Texas during the Roaring 20’s. The family moved to various areas of Texas following the oil boom and settled in the panhandle in Borger, Tex., where she entered Borger High and met William Adelbert Daniel. They married and had four children: Delbert DeWayne, Darryl Claude, Davey Roger, and Mary Denese. Adelbert and Darryl preceded her in death.

            The entire family … both sets of grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, moved to Long Beach in 1942 to work in the shipyards during WWII. Del was born in Texas, but the rest of the children were born in Long Beach. Army veteran Adelbert (“Bill”) owned Daniel Plumbing & Heating in North Long Beach until he died of cancer in 1982. He was active in the Lions Club and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Mary Lee was active in several PTAs, the Junior Women’s Club of Long Beach, and Eastern Star. They enjoyed pinochle, roller skating, square dancing, and bowling and all of their children’s activities, from Little League to Camp Fire Girls.

            She later was introduced to Donald Redfern by her daughter, a dental hygienist, and they were married. They moved to Moreno Valley from Bellflower and enjoyed trips to the desert for his rock collection. He died in 1995. She moved to Fullerton in 2001, where she spent her remaining days. Middle son Darryl died of heart disease in 2006.

            In addition to three surviving children and spouses, she leaves 9 grandchildren: Dee Lynn Daniel Jones, Kristy Daniel Weiser (Kevin), Darryl Dee Daniel, William R. Daniel, Todd Daniel (Staci), Cassandra Daniel Flaig, Lisa Marie Daniel Barsh (Chris), James Peter Daniel (Jenn), and Jeffrey William Daniel; 22 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Private services have been held following her cremation. Her cremains have been interred at Angeles Abbey Mausoleum in Compton near her parents.

Thoughts and Memories:
posted by: Dee Ward, Virgil, and Gary Fraley
Sweet Mary,
Because you lived, we have many more cherished memories of family times filled with love, and laughter. We miss you but find comfort in knowing you are with our Lord in Heaven, and one day we will be reunited there!
posted by: Brenda Dennis
Mary was my very favorite aunt and she never missed important times in my life. I could discuss anything with her, and I always felt her love. I will miss you so much Aunt Mary, and I am so happy I got to spend some time with you before you passed into a better place. Thank you for your loving kindness and support. I will never forget you.
posted by: Sherri Grijalva
Rest peacefully in our father's arms Mimi. You will be missed, but never forgotten.
posted by: Debi Pugh
My thoughts are with you at this time you cuzin...Mimi is at peace now.
posted by: Tracy Trebilcox Beckham
Lots of prayers to Mimi's family at this time. Some of my fondest memories were having black-eyed peas for New Year's Day at her house, and how Mimi had Cabbage Patch Dolls to represent all of the kids, including us step-grandchildren.
posted by: Denese Trebilcox (daughter)
I am grateful to God I had my mother for 67 years. She kept her feistiness and sense of humor to the end, despite her dementia. I am grateful she went to heaven from her home. I am grateful there were four of us present at her passing. I love her and I miss her so, but I am grateful she is with our Lord Jesus and reunited with her wonderful parents. She passed on her parents wedding anniversary and was interred on her mother's birthday. I love you Mimi.
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