Terri McDaniel

Terri McDanielTerri “Mrs. Mac” McDaniel of Shelbyville, Ky., returned to her heavenly father July 8, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones at home, after a long journey with cancer. She was 71.

Born Nov. 29, 1948, in Madisonville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Jack and Mildred Cates Fowler. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching special education and administration from Murray State University, and later earned her master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

She taught special students in all grades for 44 years in Kentucky, Vermont and California including seven years at Burroughs High School and one year at Gateway Elementary School. Mrs. Mac’s greatest gift as a teacher was her ability to see unique potential in everyone who came her way, and she was passionate about making a positive difference in each student’s life.

She was a fierce advocate, never giving up, no matter what, and she inspired students and colleagues to believe in and not give up on themselves. Her students were “her kids” and they were part of her special needs family no matter how old they were or how many years had gone by. Once you are part of “Team Mac” you are in for life.

Terri loved all things history, and one of her joys during her time in the Indian Wells Valley was exploring the Mojave Desert. She also loved the ocean. Pismo Beach was one of her happy places. To the delight (and sometimes exasperation) of her traveling companions, she never saw a desert relic, antique, or seashell she didn’t want to stop and examine.

Mrs. Mac traveled her journey with cancer with a strong faith in God and belief in the power of prayer from her loved ones and friends. The love and support from “Team Mac” members across the country was a great source of comfort and strength to her, and she inspired and actively encouraged them to the end.

She is survived by her husband, Mike McDaniel of Shelbyville; brother Bradley Fowler of Madisonville, Ky.; son, Chris Roe of Logan, Kan.; daughters, Stephanie Ellen Goodwin and children Harper, Keegan and Oliver of Burlington, Vt., and Rachel Megan McDaniel and son Malaki Johnson of Shelbyville; extended community of beloved former students and their families, colleagues and friends across the country.

Online condolences may be expressed at halltaylor funeralhomes.

A time of celebration and remembrance will be held in Ridgecrest this fall.

— Submitted by Michelle Kilikauskas (kilikauskas@gmail.com)

Story First Published: 2020-07-24