Mary McDaniell, a longtime Williston resident, was born June 15, 1927 in Tampa. She passed away peacefully at E.T. York Haven Hospice, Gainesville, March 28, 2014 at the age of 86 after a brief illness.
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Mrs. McDaniell was the daughter of Carl Scales Reitzel and Mary Hedrick. Her only sibling, Carl Scales Reitzel, Jr, was killed in action during World War II.
She grew up in Savannah, Ga. and married Henry Lee Banks, Jr. in 1948 after graduating from Savannah High School and working at The Savannah Morning News.
After the death of Mr. Banks in 1971, McDaniell lived in Jacksonville and worked at Southside Country Day School. She later returned to Savannah and worked at Memorial Medical Center as a Patient Education Coordinator.
After retiring, McDaniell moved to Williston to be close to her family.
She married John Worth McDaniell in 1984.
Throughout her life, McDaniell was an avid volunteer wherever she resided.
She served on the Junior Red Cross (Savannah), the Altar Guild (Christ Church, Savannah, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Jacksonville) and Meals on Wheels (Williston).
In April, 1996, she established the Friends of the Williston Public Library and worked for the organization until shortly before her death.
Mrs. McDaniell was a voracious reader and excelled in needlepoint and gardening. She was a powerful role model and was treasured by her family and friends.
She is survived by two daughters, Marylee Boyer (Kennedy Gale Boyer) of Williston and Julia Ann Banks of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Juliana Clancy Boyer Beville, Kennedy Gale (Penny) Boyer Jr., Tyrie Knight Boyer, Daniel Lee Maruniak and Marlow Hedrick Maruniak; great-grandchildren, Juliette Ryan Beville, Miles Christian Beville, Mary Caroline Boyer, Anna Lane Boyer and Karley Lynn Boyer.
A memorial service will be held for Mrs. McDaniell April 4 at 4 p.m., Evinston Methodist Church, 8505 SE 182nd Avenue, Evinston, FL 32633.
She will be privately interred at Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Evinston Methodist Church, or Friends of the Williston Public Library, PO Box 265, Williston, FL 32696
Published in Williston Pioneer on Apr. 3, 2014