Joined: 25 Nov 2004
|Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:20 pm Post subject: The Asturian Family of Spelter Grows Small
Obituaries for Thursday, March 8, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012 6:50 AM CST
Stella Garcia McDaniel
CLARKSBURG — Stella Garcia McDaniel, age 82, died in hospice Feb. 27, 2012, in Nashua, New Hampshire, from complications of kidney cancer.
Born in Spelter, WV, in 1929, she graduated in 1947 from Victory High School.
Married for over 62 years to William Alden McDaniel, Sr., originally from Hepzibah, Stella moved frequently due to the requirements of her husband’s job, living in Morgantown, Parkersburg, Detroit, MI, Jamestown, NY, Harrisburg, PA, and in Nashua since 1981.
Stella raised two sons, William, Jr., of Hampstead, MD, and Brian (Elaine) of McLean, VA, and after moving to New Hampshire worked for many years for New England Interviewing, a public opinion research firm, where she was able to utilize her love and knowledge of politics and people. She was a deeply compassionate, caring, forgiving and generous person who loved people, saw the best in them and lived for what she could do for others.
Stella passed on to her sons a love of reading and her sense of fairness and justice. She was a very liberal and very loyal Democrat who worked in many campaigns over the years.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Carmina (Oliverio), Virginia, Nativa, Raymond, Pida and Alice (Julian), all of Clarksburg, and Margaret (Obelliero) of NJ, and Olga (Mara) of NY; a brother, Andres, of Four States, survives her, as do her loving husband, sons and daughter-in-law, Elaine; grandchildren, Regan, Trent and Anastasia McDaniel; her great-grandson, Aiden Joseph McDaniel; and many nieces and nephews.
Her remains were cremated after a brief family ceremony. Stella would have appreciated contributions in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, her favorite charity.