Mass of Christian Burial for Hildred Irene Daniel, 84, Lawrence will be held 11 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2011 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. She died October 11, 2011 at her home in Lawrence.
Hildred was born on April 6, 1927 in Oelrichs, SD the daughter of Archie B. and Goldie E. Anderson Harrison.
She was a resident of Lawrence since 1965.
She was a cook in food service for Lawrence school district USD 497.
She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
She married Robert Walters who preceded her in death on August 19, 1952. She later married Johnnie Daniel on December 17, 1954 in Cheyenne Agency, SD. He preceded her in death January 30, 2002.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara J. Gillispie and husband, Mike, Overland Park, KS; four sons, John L. Walters and wife, Lori, Fargo, North Dakota, Bill Walters and wife, Sandi, Sterling, Alaska, Morris Daniel, Columbiana, Ohio, Norman Daniel and wife, Cindy, Muskogee, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Janice Walters, of the home, numerous grandchildren and many great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Fierro and husband, Manuel, Ogden, Utah. She was preceded in death by two sons, Clifford A. Walters in 1997 and Dean M. Daniel in 2003; one sister, Norma Ecklund and two infant sons Joseph Daniel and Bennie Walters.
The family will greet friends at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2011 a rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Lawrence Meals on Wheels or Grace Hospice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
I send all of the family my deepest love, thoughts, and prayers. I wish I could speak at her funeral, I wrote a small eulogy, but I don’t know if the family will see this in time, or if they would want to read it.
It’s crazy how you can go months or years without talking to someone, but they still cross your mind every day. I once read somewhere that missing someone isn’t about how long it’s been since you’ve seen them last, or the amount of time since you’ve talked to one another; it’s about that very moment when you’re doing something and you wish that they were right there with you. I know it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to see you. Since I’m in college it makes it really hard to visit, and I wish I could have seen you more. Last semester I had a Physical Education class where we played basketball every day. There was not one time that I went to class and didn’t think of you sitting on the bottom of the slide watching me play basketball at the park behind your house when I was younger. I remember you sitting there, content, watching me while I played with the other kids from the neighborhood. As a child I could never appreciate how much of your time you gave to me. I wish that I could go back and give to you all the time you gave to me every summer. I’m not going to lie, I’m not that great with words, but I can say this: I love you, and I will always and forever miss you. Your family is a large and wonderful family, and they all miss you and are sad that you have left us, but we are all happy that you are in a better place and no longer suffering. I am sorry that I cannot be there to see you one last time, but I think it is better for me, and for you, that I remember you as you were. I will always and forever carry your memory with me, and I will always miss picking out a box of candy canes at your house each Christmas. Now that you are gone from this world, I will pick up where you left off and buy two boxes of candy canes every Christmas: one for me, from you, and one for another child, in your memory.
Our condolences to the family of Hildred. Hildred was such a wonderful person, always positive, smiling and fun to visit with. Don knew her from cardiac rehab at LMH and admired her so much as she continued to exercise and show a confident attitude. Of course, I knew her from our Haskell days. She and Johnnie were an important part of the Haskell family and always loyal and supportive to Wally and I. We planned to attend the funeral today but a family emergency has come up. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Marie and Don
My condolences to Hildred’s family.