Dorothy McKinney

Dorothy “Dee Dee” McKinney, 56, of Somerville, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2009, at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. Arrangements are under the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. No services are planned at this time, as there will be a memorial gathering of friends and family at a later date.

Dorothy was born November 2, 1952, in Corpus Christi to William and Dorothy Evans. Dee Dee was an unusual woman, as she had an I.Q. in the 180’s and had an excellent memory. She learned to become a fabulous florist after her sister passed away. She also had a great sense of humor, and she always introduced her husband Daniel as her insignificant other. Dee Dee was well known for always doing everything she could to help someone else.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel Paul, of Somerville; mother, Dorothy Evans, of Rosenberg; brothers, Leslie Evans, of Bay City, Larry Evans, of Pasadena; 4 nieces and a nephew.

The family has asked for memorial donations to be made to any charity benefiting cancer patients.


  1. To Dee Dee’s family, please accept condolences from faraway Singapore. Dee Dee will be missed in the carcinoid cancer community.

  2. Dear Dee Dee,

    As one of your cyber friends and fellow ‘Noids’ please know that I will miss you. You sure never suffered fools too much. Somehow I can see you now doing it your way and taking no guff. May you now realize that you were admired. My condolences to Dan and family.
    Sincerely, Jim Spillane

  3. DeeDee was one of the most helpful, funniest, outrageous, intelligent–people in the carcinoid internet support group. I never met her in person but enjoyed and profited from her spunky e-mail messages to us. I shall miss her and am so sorry her life was so short.7

  4. I doubt that anyone who met Dee Dee would ever forget her – even if that meeting was via the Internet.
    She left us too soon, but her incredible spirit will be carried on indefinitely by the many she inspired in the Carcinoid World.
    My deepest condolences to Dan and others in Dee Dee’s family.

    Georgia Beauchemin

  5. To Dee Dee
    A bright light who guided by her sharp wit that entertained and educated.
    Always the first post I would read.
    Always a message I would remember.

    Dee Dee, you had a vibrant presence and compassionate heart that will not be forgotten.

  6. DeeDee will be sadly missed in our noid community. She gave me hours of entertainment .. kept me laughing when I was feeling down and was always ready with information. She lived a useful life in service of others. May she rest in peace.

  7. A great warrior and a survivor . Her spirit stayed all the way , she is an inspiration for all who are walking in her footsteps.
    God bless all of you and we know she is at peace .

  8. My heartfelt sympathies to DeeDee’s family. As a fellow cancer and carcinoid person, Dee Dee has been and will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. She will be remembered with love and kindness.

  9. Dan and DeeDee’s family – I remember most her sense of humor. Laughter is such a wonderful balm to the soul. Dee was good at passing it out. I was aquainted with her through the on line CARCANOID support group, to which she gave so much of herself.

  10. Carcinoid cancer never took away your wonderful sense of humor or ability to make me smile. I’ll will miss you.
    Fellow ‘noid’ , Kathy

  11. Dee Dee, there is little that I can add that has not already been written. I remember her fight for what was a ‘right’ for every person for the medical care that should be a given no matter who you were, if you had insurance, and if you had or not money. She was such a wonderful advocate especially for the ‘carcinoid cancer’ and/or us fellow noids. I remember how excited she was when she found black and white yarn for us ‘Zebra’. I can’t imagine going on to our internet list and not seeing her name and laughing at her posts. Dee Dee, I hope God knows what he is in for…God rest you soul and to Dee Dee’s family: Be kind to yourself and somehow find peace that Dee Dee is no longer suffering. My prayers to all of you in finding comfort in that. Good-bye me friend until we meet again.

  12. Dee Dee…gone too soon! She gave me strength and courage to go through this horrible Carcinoid. She will be terribly missed. SHE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD!

  13. Oh, DeeDee, you had so much more to say! Thank you, Thank you. Rest now. You gave the best you had to give. We are all better people for having you touch our lifes. Dan, thank you for sharing her with us. She told me in an email what kind of a guy you are, she loves you.

  14. To Dee Dee’s family:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. May you be comforted by wonderful memories of her. She was a tireless crusader for Carcinoid Cancer.


    Karen Jeralds
    Wilmington, NC

  15. I met D. D. at our Houston Support Group and spent personal time with her as we sat around the table. I followed her comments on line and enjoyed the thought that I had known her personally–however shortly. Peace and Love.

  16. Rest in Peace, Sweet Warrior,
    Your duty bravely done,
    We do not count your life well lost,
    but your honor as well won.

  17. DeeDee was an inspiration of fortitude and integrity in life and the communities she was involved with, and will be sorely missed.

  18. Dee Dee, you were a force of nature, our inspiration, our moral compass. You lead by example and your legacy will live on. We never met in person, something I will be eternally sorry for, but we had a true meeting of minds and you taught me how to respect those who disagree with me – no mean feat. I will always think of you as my Auntie Dee Dee, who took me in hand when I did not know I needed it and I am all the better as a human being for it. Farewell, sweet friend. Swim free.

  19. As with my fellow Toadfish above, I only met Dee Dee in cyberspace, but her wit and ability to see through the difficult situations will be sorely missed. The world is a greyer place without her, but brighter for her presence in it.

  20. DeeDee,
    Your inspiration to me, and all of us at the Toadfish Monastery, will live on and be paid forward. Thank you for sharing so much valuable wisdom and humor with us.

    Strength to you. You were her number one backup . From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for standing beside this remarkable person whom we shall never forget.

  21. Unfortunately, I never got to meet Dee Dee face to face but she really had an impact on me through our online support group for us Zebras. I am so sad and angry that she has passed before her time.

  22. You will be deeply missed dearest one-
    You will live on in my heart and in the hearts of many others who’s lives you touched.
    Warm winds speed you along.

  23. I couldn’t believed when I checked my email today, you be good Dee Dee, nah, then you wouldn’t be you. You will be missed and my thoughts are with your family.

  24. Dee Dee was everything a human being should be; Brave, determined, funny, cantankerous, generous, opinionated, and above all a first class campaigner against any kind of intolerance or injustice.

    It was an honour to be associated with you ‘Auntie’ , and it’s a darker world now your smiting stick is hung up.

  25. DD was the closest thing to a sister I ever had. We have known each other since we were in college together. I miss her more than words could ever express. Half of my heart went with her, but what she gave me will never die.

  26. Dee Dee I’m so thankful I was fortunate enough to meet you in the cyberworld and so sad I never got to meet you in person.
    You instantly became someone I admired, with your fighting spirit, courage and humour. You will always be an inspiration to me and remain in my heart for as long as I live.
    I miss you!

    To Dan and the rest of Dee Dee’s family my deepest heartfelt condolences.


  27. You were one of the best aunties a girl could ever have, one that inspired, made us laugh and could outsmart and out cook us all. You and I spoke the same language: music. I am grateful for the conversations we had, the moments we shared and all the fun times we had together. I’ll miss you and love you always Auntie DeeDee. -The Child

  28. DD, I picture you in a better place. Probably re-arranging God’s furniture. I am honored to have known you, but more honored to have been counted among your friends.

  29. I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of this wonderful, courageous and spirited woman. She was one in a million. She made an impact on the lives of countless people. The world was a better place while she was here.

    My condolences to Dan, her immediate family, and to the entire extended family at the Monastery.

    ‘Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same

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