Faye Valeria McDaniel Burnett died at the age of 85. (Courtesy Photo)

Faye Valeria McDaniel Burnett, who spent much of her life in service to others, died on May 15 at the age of 85.

Burnett was the daughter of the late Aaron McDaniel and Martha Campbell.  She was born May 28, 1930 and was the sixth of eight children.

A product of Baltimore County Public Schools, she graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Towson, Md.  Faye then began to work for her cousin, Dr. Edward McDaniel, as a dental assistant.

Committed to providing much needed dental care to underserved communities in East Baltimore, Faye was the critical cog in the wheel that helped Dr. Sidney Burnett, her husband, and Dr. Cassandra Burnett, her daughter, keep their dental practice running.

Faye remained a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Overlea, Maryland until she chose to become a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Walbrook Junction. Once married, she and her husband would remain life-long members of Trinity and raise their daughters there as well.

In 1959, Faye Valeria McDaniel became of the small group of people who became charter members of Trinity Presbyterian Church which originated from Walbrook Presbyterian Church.  A faithful and active member for 57 years, Faye’s service to Trinity was characterized by congregational nurture and care.  Over the course of nearly six decades she served in numerous capacities. An ordained elder and deacon, Faye loved serving as an usher and a greeter on Sunday mornings.  She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Women (TPW), the Trinity Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study group and the Adult Sunday School.

On April 14, 1962, Faye Valeria McDaniel and Sydney Obed Burnett were joined in holy matrimony.  From this union, two children were born.  Sidney and Faye welcomed Angela Faye in October of 1962 and Cassandra Darice entered the world in September of 1970.  They loved to travel, attend black-tie affairs, and dental conventions.  They especially enjoyed attending New Year’s Eve parties sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the Guardsmen.

Family was important to Faye. She loved to spend time with her family and her friends.   When Angela and Cassandra were born, she stopped working to raise her girls. A consummate homemaker she could sew, knit, and entertain at a moment’s notice.  When the girls were in high school, she made the dresses they each wore to the mother-daughter tea at their respective high schools.  Socially active, she was a member of the Les Onz, the Society, and the Kappa Silhouettes.

Faye died on May 15, 2016 after a brief illness. She leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her life her loving and devoted  daughters, Angela and Cassandra, Stephanie Gantt, Sydney Lee, Sharon Thomas; loving son, Aaron Burnett; sisters, Dorothy Maith, Aramenta Cooper, Gloria Gary, Marion Jackson; brother, Paul McDaniel; nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.