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Oneta May McDaniel
Dec. 16, 1941 - Nov. 20, 2020

Oneta May (Benne) McDaniel went to meet her Lord and Savior on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at The Timbers Skilled Nursing & Therapy home in Edmond, OK. She was welcomed by her parents and brothers and sisters that have gone before her. Oneta was the youngest of 12 children born to William Henry Benne and Katie May Bowers. Including Oneta, there were five boys and seven girls. She loved growing up in a large family and loved everyone dearly. Oneta grew up in the Edmond area and attended Edmond schools. She was united in marriage to Everett Eugene "Gene" McDaniel on Dec. 26, 1960, and they were blessed with two very special children, Gary Eugene McDaniel and Sherri Deon McDaniel. After they divorced when the children were young, Oneta had a great responsibility of raising Gary and Sherri, which required a lot of devoted attention because each have special needs. Oneta loved them dearly and did an outstanding job of raising her children and teaching them life skills. As years went by, their dad had a greater part in Gary and Sherri's life and has assisted them in many loving ways. Oneta was employed at a number of jobs through her working years and often working two jobs at a time. She drove a school bus for several years; this was a special job for her and was dedicated to those children on the bus always. She also managed rental property for many years and continued to do so until she became very ill with lung cancer earlier this year and had to retire. Oneta had a very giving heart and loved to help her family and friends. She kept on giving and giving until she was unable to do so due to her illness. She was very courageous as she battled cancer and until the minute she went to meet her Lord and Savior. Oneta had a big family reunion with those she loved that had gone on before her. She was preceded in death by her parents; and 10 siblings, Helen Bradshaw, Earl Benne, William Henry Benne, Jr., Ruth Paine, Lewis Benne, Shirley Spencer, Frances Dillard, Carl Benne, Dilbert Benne, and Betty Provence. Oneta is survived by her son, Gary Eugene McDaniel; and daughter, Sherri Deon McDaniel; a niece that she thought of as a daughter, Kimberly Gray, husband Fred and their daughter, Kayla, who she enjoyed as a granddaughter, all of Edmond, OK; and one sister, Mary Ann Lane, of Midwest City, OK. Oneta also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. The family would like to express a thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff and The Timbers Skilled Nursing & Therapy home for their kindness and care to Oneta during her illness. Services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at Matthews Funeral Home.

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Published in Oklahoman on Nov. 24, 2020.
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December 10, 2020
I came across this notice by accident and it took away my breath.
Oneta was a favorite mini-bus driver, I just loved how she cared for those kids with special needs, with her feisty spirit. I’ve been away from my job as a TA for many years, but I’m happy to see that she continued on for as much of her life as she possibly could.

Those kids deserved her care.

Hugs to her children and the school family who will miss her dearly.
Mardie Bryant
November 25, 2020
The world will be minus one beautiful lady. There will never be another one like her. She was a loving mother,devoted to her family and the hardest working women I've ever known. Was big hearted when it came to the children she transported on her bus routes. My prayers go out to Gary and Sherri because I know the will surely miss their mother. Also prayers to the other family members also. Gob Bless You Sherry Mason
Sherry Mason
November 25, 2020
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