Friday, March 30th, 2012
Florence G. McDaniel, 96, a former resident of Churubusco and widow of Benjamin F. McDaniel, passed away at 10:45 a.m. on March 28, 2012, at Bell Trace Health and Living Center, in Bloomington, three day after her birthday.
She was born to Ralph and Sarah (Marshall) Swoverland in Carmel on March 25, 1916, and spent her formative years in various small communities in Indiana. After high school she studied nursing at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in 1934, and became a registered nurse doing private duty nursing for several years. After she married Benjamin F. McDaniel on February 27, 1940 in Elkhart, she raised a family while he served the in the U.S. Army.
In 1952 the family moved to Churubusco where they owned and operated the Western Auto Store. Mrs. McDaniel resumed her nursing career working as a nurse and later as the Director of Nursing at Whitley County Hospital in Columbia City. She retired from Nursing in 1964 and continued to assist her husband in the operation of their business until their retirement in 1976. Following their retirement they continued to live in Churubusco but also spent half the year near Punta Gorda, Florida until Mr. McDaniel’s death in 1998. Mrs. McDaniel had spent the last several years of her life in Bloomington.
She is survived by her children John (Liz) McDaniel of Bloomington, Nancy (Mike) Contat of Bellaire, Mich., and Sharon McDaniel of Washington D.C.; three grandchildren Shaun (Lisa) Culp, Heather (Jim) Gray, and Katherine McDaniel; and six great-grandchildren
Mrs. McDaniel was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and by two brothers Donald Swoverland, and Rev. Marshall Swoverland.
Private family graveside services will be held at the Christian Chapel Cemetery in Merriam with Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.
At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association or to the donor’s choice.
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