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Marilyn Louise Daniels

Passed 01/08/2023

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Obituary For Marilyn Louise Daniels

The world has lost a beautiful gentle soul with the death of our mother, Marilyn Louise (Bateman) Daniels. She was born at the Grace Maternity Hospital on April 20,1930 and passed away on January 8th, 2023. She was the eldest child of Allan and Winnifred (Greenough) Bateman. Her home in Port Wallis was a very special place to her. Mom's entire childhood was spent with her aunts, uncles and cousins who lived nearby. Swimming at 'The Cut' was a highlight of each summer.

Her primary to grade eight years were spent at the two-room school in her community. Grades nine to eleven were completed at Hawthorne School in Dartmouth. When she was offered the opportunity to work as a dental assistant for Dr.R. Cameron, she accepted it.

At the age of 17, Mom won the title of Miss Port Wallis. Following that, she became the first runner-up in the Miss Dartmouth contest. Her beauty shone both inside and out.

While attending a dance one night in 1949, Mom met our handsome, blue-eyed Dad,
Ross Daniels. At that time he was driving the Bell bus from Port Wallis to Dartmouth, on which Mom travelled. A love began there that lasted 73 years.

Over the next six years she became a mother to five girls; Bonnie, Pam, Christine, Heather and Shelly. She was also a second mother to her daughter-of-the-heart, Sandra Misener White. Obviously, the next number of years were very busy ones, raising her family in Graham's Grove, Port Wallis, and then moving to Sunnylea Road, Wellington, where She and Dad bought their first home.

Above all, Mom was a kind and patient wife and mother. She loved babies and was happiest when she was holding a baby in her arms, whether it was her own children, grandchildren, great grandchildren or someone else's baby. A couple of weeks ago, Mom commented that she got everything she wanted in life. When asked what that was, she replied, “ A family.” That was our mother.

Mom provided a safe loving home for our family and anyone else who entered it. All were welcomed and fed. The cookie jar, her son-in-law Fred bought her, was never empty! Friends and boy friends knew where to go to get homemade sugar doughnuts, cakes, pies and cookies. A little went a long way. When we were young, home parties with our parents' friends and family were frequent. A guitar might appear and Mom always enjoyed singing with her siblings. 'Sentimental Journey' was a favourite. She and Dad also loved to do the two-step polka, enjoying many Saturday night dances in Nine Mile River.

Her love of singing was apparent when she joined the choir at the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Fall River, along with her sister, Shirley, and her brother, Tom. She was also involved in the Alter Guild and made many special friends at the church.

Mom loved flowers and took great pride in her gardens. Animals were also very important to her. There was always a cat, dog or both in our home. The birds and squirrels in the neighbourhood always had treats. After suffering a stroke five years ago, which left her immobile, She and Dad would sit on the veranda feeding the squirrels and chipmunks which climbed onto their laps and took peanuts from their hands. She had names and love for them all.

Mom always had great compassion for others. She was often seen quietly slipping 'a few dollars' into the hand of someone she thought might need it.

After her family grew up, Mom returned to working outside the home at various jobs. These included Havill Brothers, Bedford, and as a librarian at Bedford Institute of Oceanography, from which she retired in 1990. BIO was a great match for her because she loved books and learning new things. She made friends wherever she went. Mom and Dad leave behind five grieving daughters; Bonnie Currie (Reg), Pam Woodill (Fred), Christine Daniels, Heather Fisher (Carson) and Shelly Fifield (Mike).”

Mom came from a very close-knit family. She is survived by her three siblings; her beloved sister, Shirley McNaughton, and brothers, Tom Bateman (Jewell) and John Bateman (Hans Kahlert). Also survived by sisters-in-law Ruth Weir (Don), Sharon McPhee (Lealon) and special brother-in-law Lee McCulloch (Queenie).

She was predeceased by her parents, Allan and Winnie Bateman, as well as her brothers-in-law Jim McNaughton and Phil Daniels.

Mom always said, above all, her greatest sense of pride and joy came from her 11 grandchildren and her 20 great-grandchildren.
Mom and Dad's presence on Sunnylea Road will be missed by them all. During her final days Mom was never alone. The family members she so loved were constantly at her side.

Thank you, Mom, for the many valuable lessons you taught us; kindness, compassion and non-judgement.

Special thanks for the wonderful care given by CBI home care, as well as private caregivers Patricia, Donna and Emily.

For those who wish, a donation can be made to St. Thomas Anglican Church, Fall River, or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life for Marilyn and Ross will be held at a later date.

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  • 02/01/2023

    Sincere condolences to Marilyn's family. I first saw her in the "Miss Dartmouth" contest. Then when she married and started having babies, five, I was in awe of her! She was beautiful both inside and out. Joan Fitz Randolph Kissinger

  • 01/26/2023

    Sorry for the loss of marilyn, wonderful person and so sorry to of the death of Ross. Janet charest

  • 01/26/2023

    So very sorry to hear of Marilyn passing away. I hired her on in the library many years ago and what an excellent choice I made. She was a delightful, hard working colleague and treasured friend. Janet Charest

  • 01/16/2023

    My sincere condolences to all my cousins; Shirley, Tom, John, Bonnie, Pam, Christine, Heather and Shelly and their families. I loved my cousin Marilyn. I remember when I was very young thinking to myself how pretty Marilyn and her sister Shirley were. I loved going to Marilyn and Ross's home when I came back to Nova Scotia to visit family. There was always a great meal and goodies for these visits. My brothers and I were always so warmly welcomed. And I loved when she told me stories about when I was very young and she would take me on the bus and tell people I was her daughter. Marilyn was so full of love for others. I shall miss her very much. I imagine she is in heaven having a great visit with my Mum and Dad, and the rest of the family.

  • 01/15/2023

    To all the Daniels' girls and your families ... Your parents were blessed with wonderful daughters. The tributes you have written gave a lovely glimpse into lives well lived. Once I was sitting at an A & W and this motorcycle came whipping in and parked across from me ... To my astonishment, there on a Honda Goldwing, in leather head to toe was Mr & Mrs Daniels!! The last gift is they were not apart very long. Wonderful parents with devoted daughters. Love, Connie & David

  • 01/15/2023

    So sorry to hear of your parents passing, The obituaries were wonderfully written, with lots of love. We are sending condolences to Bonnie, Pam, Heather, Christine, Shelley and their families. Hugs, Marlene & Mike

  • 01/15/2023

    Ooops... I forgot the Moultons in the Grove. Bonnie...maybe it was Freudian. Peter Connor

  • 01/15/2023

    Hello, Sorry to learn of Marilyn's passing. The Ross and Marilyn Daniels, the Connors, the Murphys, the Bakers, the Barrows, the Grahams, the Bullocks and the Phil and Joan Daniels were all next door in Graham's Grove. Life in the Grove was special. We grew-up living in the woods by the lake. Swimming, skating, running, laughing, corn boils, blue berry pie, robins and blue jays. Basic values and friendships created. Mum, Agnes Connor, and Marilyn were expectant mothers together. They brought and built our families as pairs; Bonnie and Jane, Pam and Peter, Christine and MaryAnne, Heather and Susan, Shelly...and much later, my brother, Eric. Marilyn and Mum became soul mates and life-long friends. Over the years, regular telephone conversations kept them in-touch. Mum would often speak of her calls with Marilyn. Good Night to you , Marliyn, and to Mum. Life has been good. Peter Connor

  • 01/15/2023

    So happy they are together. Two of the best people in the world. Love to you all. Patricia Mifflen

  • 01/15/2023

    Shirley, Heather, Shelley and all of Marilyn 's family. We are truly sorry that your beautiful mom has passed. She was one of the nicest people we knew, we loved her, we respected her and we will never forget her. You wrote the most beautiful obituary for both your mom and dad. God Bless all of you. Both my mom and dad were in the choir with Marilyn. They too would be sorry that she is now gone,,,but they are all in Heaven now singing together once again. Patsi and Philip Amero.

  • 01/14/2023

    Jan and I send along our sympathies to all surviving family members on the passing of Marilyn. She was a very nice lady and a good person to have a cup of tea with. I know this because her and Mom had a few together, that's for sure. May she Rest in Peace. Terry & Jan Skirten.

  • 01/14/2023

    Barbara (Campbell) Walker would like to express her condolences to the family on the passing of their parents.She was a long time friend of your parents.Especially your Mom having gone to school & growing up together in Port Wallace.

  • 01/14/2023

    We were so sorry to hear of Ross and Marilyn's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Treasure your many happy memories. Sincerely, Dave & Lina (Jollota) Henderson

  • 01/14/2023

    It's with great sadness to hear of the passing of your Mom and Dad. There are no words to ease the pain on your loss. My deepest sympathies are with you during this difficult time. Shelley Parsons (Wyse) ❤️

  • 01/13/2023

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom. She was such a caring person and always a true lady. Your precious memories of her will be with you always. Bruce and Terry Caldwell

  • 01/13/2023

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your loving and compassionate mother. She was so blessed to have her family continually around her and who cared so much about her welfare and comfort. Debbie and Rob Miller

  • 01/13/2023

    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Dad . Your family was a big part of our life ; special family friendships and memories will continue to be with us in the years ahead. We posted a family pic given to us years ago. ❤️

  • 01/13/2023

    Our thoughts are with you today and always. Your Mom and Dad lived a good long life and their girls live on because of the way they were brought up, with much love. Thinking of you, stay strong. Jim & Leona Emslie

  • 01/13/2023

    There are no words for a time like this when we must say good bye to a loved one but to have to say good bye to both of your parents no one can imagine your loss I worked with your Mom many years ago and She was one of the most kind, happy, helpful , loving person that U ever had the honour to know Your Dad was always so pleasant and friendly any time I had the privilege to see him Please find comfort in knowing how many people your parents touched their lives in a bright and loving way So very sorry for your family's loss Debbie Pick

  • 01/13/2023

    It is with great sadness we learned about the passing of Ross and Marilyn. We miss the sound of Ross playing his bagpipes, the cheery encounters when he walked by with the dog and his wave as he passed on his motorcycle. I remember fondly my time with Marilyn at the Bedford Institute and our sharing family news throughout the years. We will miss them. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to all the family. Janet Godsell, Richard and Robin Denson

  • 01/13/2023

    Bonnie, Pam,Heather, Christine, and Shelley: We offer you our sincere condolences, and wish for you peace in your hearts. We remember your Mom as a soft spoken person who loved life, and treated all with respect. Hugs to you all. Jimmy and Bea

  • 01/13/2023

    We are sending sincere condolences to all you beautiful daughters and your families.We had the honor of meeting and sharing some time through the years with this wonderful couple. The words written for both Ross and Marilyn were astounding.You captured them completely.Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you.What a testimony of love and faithfulness.Sincerely Joan and David Spicer

  • 01/13/2023

    So sorry to hear the passing of your beautiful Mother. May your memories of her be very special in your heart. Belinda and Ernie Matheson

  • 01/13/2023

    So very sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. Both her and Ross were friends many years ago with my mother and father when they went to the dances in Port Wallis. Please accept my sincere condolensces on the passing of both your Dad and Mom. Sandra Oickle (Butler)

  • 01/13/2023

    We know you are singing with the angels Marilyn. Rest in peace friend. Sending sincere and heartfelt condolences to all the family. May you all find peace and comfort in the knowledge that Ross & Marilyn are together in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ. Together forever. Our sincerely sympathy, Bob & Denise Wilson.

  • 01/13/2023

    I wish to honour Marilyn and Ross for their kindness and generosity to all of us They were truly beautiful people. Canada and Nova Scotia have lost a great couple. May they have eternal peace Peter Stoffer Windsor Junction

  • 01/11/2023

    So sorry to hear about the passing of both Ross and Marilyn. Fond memories and many thanks to them for hosting the McLaughlin gathering some years ago. I even remember Ross coming to our house when I was a kid to repair our TV. Sincere condolences to the girls and their families. John McLaughlin and family.

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  • 2 TREES

    The Broughm Family planted 2 trees in memory of Marilyn Louise Daniels . - January 15, 2023

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