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Etta Bell Daniel

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NEWPORT NEWS, VA. - Etta Bell Daniel, 83, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side, on Friday, March 21, 2014. Etta's family completely surrounded her with their love during her illness and passing, and she enjoyed a Celebration of Life on that day, while she was still with us. We will miss her presence desperately, but her spirit will live forever in our hearts. Etta was born in Pinetown, NC, the oldest of five children, and was a Peninsula resident since she was 9 years old. She left school at 16 to work in a shoe store to help support her family, when her father was hospitalized. There, she met and later married her husband "Danny." After working at several grocery stores, Etta took over Canine Corner Denbigh, a dog grooming parlor, in 1974, and was owner/operator until she had to retire at age 81, after a stroke. Many of her customers became loyal friends over the decades. She was soon back on her feet, and back to going to her Saturday bingo-which she loved, and day-long Sunday car trips and picnics. She also dearly loved her cats and dogs, and took in too many strays and unwanted animals to count, during her lifetime. Extraordinary compassion and love was Etta's hallmark, and her generosity of spirit was well known. Etta was a member of Warwick Baptist Church, has attended several churches, and had a strong faith. Etta was also a lifelong avid reader, and lover of wildlife, nature, history, poetry, songs, and music. She also deeply loved her children. While raising her family, Etta enjoyed camping and took her children camping from Tennessee to Maine, instilling in them her love of nature and travel, and peanut butter sandwiches. She was a hardworking, strong, resilient woman, and her energy, stamina, and passion for life never ceased to amaze all who knew and loved her. And we all loved her. Etta was proud of her English and Scottish heritage, and at age 75 became a world traveler, crossing "the big pond" three times to visit London, England, with many side trips: the White Cliffs of Dover, the Cotswolds, Stonehenge, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, and Windsor, among others. She enjoyed numerous afternoon teas at Harrods, Fortnum & Mason's, and Kensington Palace's Orangery, watched the changing of the guard, loved Big Ben, stood in Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey, walked through Hyde Park and Kensington Garden, hugged Peter Pan's statue, visited Oxford, saw many London plays, and ate too many fish and chips dinners. She stood on the bridge over the River Doon in Scotland, and visited the Ayrshire birthplace of one of her favorite poets, Robert Burns. And she crossed the chunnel into Paris to see the Louvre's Mona Lisa and to enjoy a champagne luncheon on the Eiffel Tower. And she loved it all. Etta has been greeted in heaven by her husband of 46 years, Vernon Paul "Danny" Daniel, Sr.; her parents, Lucy Frocine and Jodie Edward Smith; and brothers, Robert, Bruce, and Albin Smith. She leaves to smile at her memory, and to carry on her legacy of love and compassion, six children: Vernon Paul Daniel, Jr., and wife Rose; Linda Pape and husband David; Rose Marie and husband Tom; Pamela Smith and husband Gary; Joe Daniel; and Christopher and fiancée Lisa. Etta also was very proud of and dearly loved her grandchildren: Michael, Elaine, Tina, Brandon, Autumn, Melissa, Megan, Tim, Paul, James, John, Brittany, and Bryan, and her 7 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a beloved sister Ruby Hancock-with whom she shared her Sunday adventures, and a host of nieces and nephews, all of whom she dearly loved. Etta had a beautiful spirit, and she was so very loved by her family. And she will be so very missed. In accordance with her wishes, Etta will be cremated and her ashes dispersed among the beauty of nature. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 28, 2014 in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, by Pastor Steve Anderson. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cat Corner, a nonprofit, no kill cat shelter at 85 Fulton St., Hampton, VA 23663, or Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. "A mother holds her children's hands for awhile, their hearts forever."
Published in Daily Press on Mar. 26, 2014
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