ETHEL MAE (DANIELS) McPHERSON
August 5, 1935 – April 25, 2023
ETHEL MAE (DANIELS) McPHERSON was born August 5, 1935, to her parents RUDOLPH DANIELS and MAGE (DENNY) DANIELS in Opa-Locka, Florida. ETHEL and her younger sister MARGO lived at their family home on Cheerful Street, near their grandmother.
RUDOLPH DANIELS served in the US Navy during World War II. After the war, the Daniels family moved to San Francisco, California, to their new home on Bush and Lion Street. Ethel attended elementary school and George Washington High School in San Francisco.
ETHEL first met her husband, MALVERN ANDRE McPHERSON, on Halloween night at the age of 16 – the first time she was allowed to go out at night with friends. They later met while attending George Washington High School. Ethel and Malvern later married after high school in Reno, Nevada, on June 27, 1953. They made their home in San Francisco and had three children, Gwendolyn, Sheila and Phillip. Ethel and Malvern were baptized in the Church of Christ in San Francisco, which their family attended. They later moved to their new home in San Jose, California, in Cambrian Park, and then to Seattle, Washington for two years, where their fourth child, DEBORAH, was born. The family decided to move back to California to their original home in Cambrian Park, where their fifth child, GREGORY, was born in Los Gatos, Calfornia.
Ethel and Malvern later built a home and moved to Saratoga, California, where their children went to high school and Ethel worked at a convalescent hospital as part of the nursing staff.
Ethel and Malvern moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1976, to their new home in The Lakes community. They started a family business, The Gilbert Day Care School, in 1982 in Gilbert, Arizona. Ethel was the business manager and their daughter, Gwendolyn, was the school director. They sold their business in 2003. They later moved in 2008 to their present home in San Tan Valley, Arizona, in the Laredo Ranch community.
Ethel and Malvern had 70 wonderful years of marriage together. Ethel is remembered by her husband, children, 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and extended family members as the most kind, loving, giving person, and a strong guiding light for their family.