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September 14, 2023


Barbara Birch McDaniel

April 13, 1935 - September 12, 2023

"…and now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.” Barbara Birch McDaniel was called home on 9/12/2023. Born 4/13/1935 in Bluff Creek, Louisiana to Clifton and Rena Chaney Birch, Barbara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She came to know the Lord when she was 12 yrs old at New Zion Baptist Church and has been active in many different churches, presently a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Longview, TX.

After graduating Greensburg High School in 1953, she attended La. Baptist College, receiving her Business degree in May of 1957. She then began working as Social Worker for the State of Louisiana.

Barbara married the love of her life, Riley E McDaniel, on 8/31/1957 and they made their home in Opelousas, La. until Riley finished college.

Due to the flooding in Baton Rouge on 8/14/2016 Barbara started living with her daughter and family in Allen, Texas, moving to Longview, TX in June of 2017.

Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, photography, and genealogy. She wrote a book of the Birch family, Chaney family and Lee family and helped with the McDaniel and Bennett books.

She is preceded in death by her parents Clifton and Rena Birch, husband, Riley McDaniel, brothers Jack, James, Donald Ray Burch and sister, Carolyn Easley.

She is survived by sisters Jane Duncan, Grace B. Williams, Cheryl B. Scott and Beverly Birch; daughter, Marcia M. Dupree and son-in-law Todd and their 2 sons, Grant and Connor Dupree; her son, Darrell McDaniel and daughter-in-law Michelle and their 2 sons, AJ and Christopher McDaniel and 2 daughters, Briley and Emma McDaniel.

Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, 501 Avenue G, Kentwood, LA on Friday, September 22, 2023 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and from 9:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Interment will follow at Killian Chapel Cemetery located at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 43 west of Amite, LA.

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