In Loving Memory of Deanna E. McCord
Deanna E. McCord, aged 72, of New Boston, left this world on August 31, 2023, surrounded by the love of her family. She was the cherished wife of Jimmy G. McCord, the loving mother of Shannon (James) Waid and Jason McCord, the devoted grandmother of Raven (Tyler) Barden, Shayla McCord, Connor McCord, Elleanna Waid, Kourtland Waid, and the proud great-grandmother of Abel and Araya. She is survived by her brother Brian (Linda) Harrison but preceded in death by her parents, Dee and Dorothy Harrison, and her beloved siblings Lynette, Ray, Tom, and Gail.
Deanna was known by many names, each a testament to the profound connections she fostered and the love she radiated. She was Wife, Honey, Momma, Grammy, Gram, Dee-Dee, Sis, Momma Dee, Aunt Dee, and so much more. With each of these names came beautiful stories of compassion and devotion.
A creative soul, Deanna spent many years as a hair stylist and seamstress. Her work in salons was not just a profession; it was her ministry. Deanna shared her love for the Lord by simply being her authentic self and loving others unconditionally. As a seamstress, she poured her heart and soul into her creations, meticulously stitching and sewing everything from her daughter's first day of school outfits to prom dresses, Halloween costumes to costumes for church cantatas. Each stitch bore the weight of her purpose and attention to detail.
Deanna and Jimmy's love for New Faith Chapel was unwavering, as they were among its founding members. Their commitment to the church was not a duty but a calling and a vision that defined their purpose. Deanna served the church in countless ways, displaying her dedication through selfless acts of sacrifice, devotion, prayer, and anticipating needs before they arose. She served several years as the church secretary, led Bible studies, nurtured young adults, and provided guidance to those new to their faith. Her legacy as a faithful servant will endure, for she touched countless lives.
In 1996, a car accident altered the course of Deanna's life, as well as her family's. Through the Grace of God, she was granted a second chance, though it would be a different life. Deanna suffered a traumatic brain injury that affected her memory, cognitive function, and physical capabilities. She embarked on a journey of intense therapy, fighting tenaciously for her health and the freedom to regain her independence as a wife and mother. She defied all odds and amazed her medical team with her unwavering determination. She did it, not without challenges, but surrounded by the unwavering support of friends and family who gave her the strength to overcome.
Dee Dee was an extraordinary companion, friend, and caregiver. She spent many years pouring love into her "babies," whether they were related by blood or chosen family. Her love was boundless and undeniable.
Deanna was an adventurer at heart, finding joy in the simplest of journeys or the grandest of expeditions, as long as she was in the company of those she loved. Her hospitality knew no bounds, and her ability to welcome others into her family was her enduring legacy.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to New Faith Chapel in honor of Deanna's memory.
Deanna's legacy lives on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. Her love, devotion, and unwavering faith in the face of adversity will forever inspire us. She has left an indelible mark on our lives, and her memory will continue to shine brightly in our hearts.
You will be forever missed, until you welcome us into Heaven.