Mary McDonald Warneke



Mary McDonald Warneke, 86, of Timpson, Texas passed away on October 9, 2019 in Timpson, Texas.  Born February 11, 1933, Mary is the daughter of the late Jack Garland Brown and Ruby Viola (Chaney) Brown.  Visitation will be held Friday, October 11, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas.  Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2PM at First Assembly of God Church, Timpson, Texas with Bro. E.J. Adams officiating.  Interment will follow in Cold Springs Cemetery, Garrison, Texas.


Mary was born in Garrison, Texas. She attended Robert E. Lee school in Tyler, Texas.  Mary married the love of her life, Doy McDonald, in February 1951, spending more than 25 years together before his sudden passing in 1974. They had three wonderful children in which they adored.  She later married Henry Cecil, and spent 10 years with him.  Life happened, and later she married Earnest Warneke, they enjoyed each others compnay, and spent more than 15 years together before his passing with cancer.  


She was considered the Roller Derby Queen in her younger years.  She also enjoyed playing volleyball in school.  Mary was a physical therapist assistant in the public school system for many years.  Her love for children was great, but grew even more as she had grandchildren.  She loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.  Mary was a crafty person, enjoyed making floral arrangements.  She enjoyed spending time outdoors, working in the flower beds and gardening.  You could find her in the kitchen canning vegetables she had grown, putting up jam from fruit she had gathered, and just cooking great food for her family.


Mary was a devoted christian lady.  She is a member of First Assembly of God Church, Timpson.  She served her church, in many capacities.  She was the chuch clerk for over 30 years, until her health failed.  She loved her Lord and was willing to serve him in any way.  


She is survived by her son, Joel Lann McDonald; daughters, Barbara Aniethia McDonald, Patricia Lynn  Todd and husband John; brother, Jack Brown; sister, Betty Frazier; grandchildren, Mike Todd and wife Tonya, Nathan Todd and wife Tiffany, Jesse Ellis; great grandchildren, Micah Todd, Lane Todd, Harper Ellis, Rilynn Ellis, Allie Todd; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.


Mary is preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest Warneke, Henry Cecil, Doy McDonald; grandson, John Todd Jr.; brothers, John Paul Brown, Mark Samuel Brown, Oscar Brown, Jesse Brown, Billy Little, Robert Little; sisters, Pauline Brown and Mary Grant.


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Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, is in charge of arrangements.



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