COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Mary Ethel Daugherty went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at Methodist Hospital of Germantown, Tennessee. She was 97 years old. Since 2014 she was a resident of Hearthside Senior Assisted Living in Collierville, where she made many wonderful friends.
She was born Mary Ethel Moore to the late Lloyd Franklin (Bud) Moore and Audrey Wilma Jordon Moore, on July 4, 1924, in Sikeston, Missouri, at the home of her maternal grandparents, James and Ida Jordan. She grew up on the family homestead of her great-great-grandparents, William F and Nancy Stoker Moore, in New Madrid County, Missouri.
Mary graduated from Matthews High School in 1942 and then graduated from Southeast Missouri State (SEMO), at that time called Southeast Missouri State Teachers College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Degree in Elementary Education. Beginning in 1944, she taught three years at Matthews Elementary School in Matthews, Missouri, before moving to Sikeston where she taught first and second grade in the Sikeston School system. She retired in 1982 having taught 37 years. She was a gifted teacher who loved “her kids” and was active in many teaching organizations. After retiring she did extensive genealogical research on her family and her husband’s family. She also enjoyed playing golf and served for many years as an election judge in her precinct of Sikeston.
On May 16, 1947, she married Benjamin Gaither Daugherty Jr. in Sikeston, and together they celebrated 66 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2014.
She was a 50-plus member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston. After moving to Collierville in 2014, she became a member of Grace Evangelical Church, Germantown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Charles William Moore; her sister, Betty Moore Williams; and one grandchild, Matthew Burnette Daugherty.
Survivors include her son, Benjamin Gaither Daugherty III and his wife Peggy Burnette Daugherty; two grandchildren, Benjamin Gaither Daugherty IV and Whitney Wheeler Daugherty; two great-grandchildren and her sister, Anita Sue Harrell.
Visitation is scheduled from 1 p.m. until time of services at 2p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at McMikle Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery at Sikeston under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home of Sikeston.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcmiklefuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made in memory of Mary E. Daugherty to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.