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Barbara Fowler Nielsen Daggett passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 surrounded by family and friends at Hillview Convalescent Hospital. She was born Barbara Joyce Fowler on Aug. 14, 1929 to Roy W. Fowler and Mildred Andersen Fowler in San Jose.
Her father was an officer in the United States Navy during World War II, resulting in her traveling with family. She graduated Point Loma High School in San Diego in 1946 and was a classmate of Marian Ross who later became a renowned actress, best known for her role as the mom from Happy Days. She later attended Dominican College in San Rafael.
In Aug. 1944, she christened the troopship (FP546 Anderson) in Long Beach, which was a highlight of a 15 year-old's young life. She met and fell in love with Lester L. Nielsen, who was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. They were married in 1947. They had two sons, Richard and Donald. They traveled together and she assisted in running the many enterprises the Nielsen Family developed.
She was involved in the Salinas Women's Club and modeled in fashion shows. Wanting to accomplish even more, she joined Pacific Bell in the business office and worked there until she retired.
She later married Ivan R. Daggett and was married for 44 years. She supported him in his activities with the Salinas Elks Lodge 614 and the Monterey County Sheriff Posse. She loved animals and was an avid 49ers fan.
She was active in running the operation of the Fowler Ranch in south Salinas with her brother, Roy W. Fowler Jr. and was active in the operations of Nielsen Trucking Co. with her sons, Donald and Richard. She was instrumental in assisting with the lease and construction of Santa Rita Plaza.
She was preceded in death by Lester Nielsen and Ivan Daggett.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Nielsen and Donald (Melissa) Nielsen; her brother, Roy W. (Marianne) Fowler Jr.; one niece and one nephew; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service for friends and family will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Nielsen Ranch, 798 Old Stage Road, Salinas.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Alzheimer's and Cancer and Hospice.
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
For more information and to share a memory, visit www.struveandlaporte.com.
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian from May 10 to May 21, 2014