In Loving Memory of Dora Mae Gardner McCree
Dora Mae Gardner McCree, affectionately known as Duck, peacefully passed away on
January 13, 2024, while surrounded by her children. She was born on February 16,
1938, in Wayne County, North Carolina, to the late Bessie (Jones-Jones) Gardner and
Frank Gardner, Sr. She was the widow of George McCree, Jr.
Dora embraced her faith, accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age.
A devoted member of Faith Temple No. 2 Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, MD,
enriched her spiritual journey by also holding memberships at Hillcrest Heights Baptist
Church and Saints Delight Baptist Church in La Grange, NC. Since childhood Saints
Delight held a special place in her heart, and her longstanding connection to this church
reflects the deep roots of faith that shaped her life. Dora's presence in these
congregations left an indelible mark, and her spiritual legacy continues to resonate
within the communities she cherished.
In Washington, DC, Dora's path intertwined with that of George McCree, Jr., and led to
their union in marriage in 1962. Their shared journey, marked by dedicated service in
the United States Air Force and contributions to the federal government, blessed them
with two children, Sabrina McCree Dormeville (Rene) and George Terrell McCree
(Rhonda). She had a special place in her heart for Glennis Gross Peyton. The joy of
their family expanded with the arrival of grandchildren Titus Peyton, Jr., Tesfahun
Dormeville, Mihiret Dormeville, Edilawit Dormeville, Kendall McCree, and Cameron
McCree. The McCree family's commitment to service and the bonds forged over the
years are a testament to the strength of their unity and love for one another.
Dora cherished and adored not only her immediate family but also the multitude of
nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and numerous family members and friends who
enriched her life. Their collective presence brought immeasurable joy, and Dora's heart
overflowed with love for the extended family that surrounded her. Each connection held
a special place in her life, and the bonds forged were a testament to the depth of those
Dora was well-known for her love of photography and used this skill to memorialize her
family’s history. Her passion for capturing those moments and preserving memories
reflected her deep appreciation for the beauty in everyday life. Additionally, she found
joy in southern cuisine and delighted in nourishing guests in her home, creating a warm
and inviting atmosphere.
Her favorite color, Coral, reflects her vibrant and lively spirit. Music played a significant
role in Dora's life, with a particular fondness for gospel tunes. Some of her favorite
songs included "Jesus Loves Me" "Jesus is Love" and "This Little Light of Mine"
These melodies resonated with her and added a spiritual and uplifting dimension to her
Dora's words of encouragement were a source of inspiration for everyone in her life.
She consistently urged others to do their best, pursue education, and overcome any
challenges they might face. Her unwavering support and positive influence touched the
hearts of the many people she loved, leaving a lasting legacy of resilience,
determination, and the importance of embracing life's journey with faith and optimism.
Dora grew up in Wayne County, NC, and graduated in 1955 from Central High School
and completed her studies at Jones Business College in Goldsboro, NC. Her journey
led her from Wayne County to Washington, DC, where she completed her studies at
Atlantic Business College in 1961. Dora began her professional career as a Claims
Analyst with the National Association of Letter Carriers, dedicating six years to the
organization from 1961 to 1967. As a family, the McCree’s then embarked on a journey
that took them to Erding and Freising, Germany, and later back to the United States.
Dora continued her career at the Federal Bureau of Investigations, starting as a Clerk
Typist in 1971 and retiring as the Correspondence Supervisor in the Identification
Division in 1994.
After retiring, Dora embraced homemaking and pursued part-time endeavors, including
becoming a Maryland certified childcare provider and working at Bright Minds Christian
Childcare. Her retirement in 2006 allowed her to dedicate more time to caring for her
loving husband, George, and their grandchildren.
Dora's impact extended beyond family and work; she touched the lives of many with
love and kindness. She leaves behind a legacy of warmth, dedication, and appreciation.
In her 85 years, Dora blessed the lives of family members, friends, colleagues, church
members, and others. She will be deeply missed, and forever remembered as a
beloved presence in all our lives.
Dora's loving journey was preceded by the passing of her devoted husband, George
McCree, Jr., with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Dora was one of twelve
siblings. She is survived by her siblings Frank Gardner, Jr., Earnest Gardner (Audrey),
and Mary Gardner Hamm (Gerald). She was preceded in death by her siblings, listed in
order of age: Joe C. Jones, Henry T. Jones, Ethel Jones Thornton Washington, Thelma
Jones Jackson, Melvin Jones, Elijah (Pete) Gardner, Bessie Mae Gardner, and Joyce
Gardner Banks. Their memories are held close in the hearts of those who knew and
We invite you to join us in remembering the life on a remarkable woman who touched
the hearts of many. Dora’s legacy of kindness and compassion will continue to inspire
us all. May her soul rest in Eternal Peace.