Louise Nell Daniel

Louise Nell Daniel went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 1. Nell was born July 12, 1926.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walford Lee and Mary Holder Daniel; two sisters, D. Loryne Daniel and Elsie Jane Daniel Beasley; and her niece, Christine Louise Beasley Hyde.
Survivors include her two nieces, Gloria Jane Fulghum and husband, Edwin, of Summertown, and Mary Ile Beasley Taylor, of Charleston; two nephews, Lee Daniel Beasley and wife, Sharon Barrington, of Atlanta, and George Alan Beasley of Dublin; a great-niece, Laurie Beasley Vitas and husband, Chris; a great- nephew, Josh Fulghum and wife, Alycia; a great-great-niece, Isabella Rae Fulghum; and a great-great nephew, Walter Riggs Vitas.
Nell grew up in Bellville, and graduated from Georgia State College for Women, now Georgia College and State University, in Milledgeville, with a degree in home economics. She was on the staff of the college newspaper with Flannery O’Connor. She taught school for several years before joining the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, where she served first in Jesup and then in Sylvania before moving to Dublin, where she was the Extension Home Economist for 18 years.
Nell was a member of the Georgia Association of Extension Home Economists, where she served as director and in various capacities on the organization’s committees. She was also a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, an Extension Service sorority, and served as district director of the sorority.
During her time in Dublin, Nell formed many lasting friendships, both in her professional life and in her church home, First Baptist Church of Dublin. Active in her community, Nell was a charter member of the Pilot Club. She volunteered at the Dublin Pilot Club’s Lifeline senior citizens center, and she conducted arts and crafts classes at a local mental health center as a volunteer. In addition, Nell volunteered with Dublin Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to the home-bound.
A Sunday school teacher for much of her life, Nell also belonged to the Women’s Missionary Union. She was named a senior citizen of the year for Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival, and many of Dublin’s 4-H students will recall her taking them to Rock Eagle to summer camp.
Nell cared deeply about her family and friends, giving unselfishly beyond expectation. She was loved in equal measures by her family and all friends. Although she never married, she took on the responsibility of raising her nieces and nephews, caring for them as if they were her own children after her sister and her brother-in-law both died early, leaving their five young children without a home.
Nell loved to play bridge with her friends, and traveled with them across the country, once taking a helicopter ride to a glacier in Alaska. Nell and her group of friends, who referred to themselves as “the Golden Girls,” got together often, both in each other’s homes and dining out.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 4,  at Dublin First Baptist Church.  Burial, with a graveside service, will follow at Brewton Cemetery, Hagan.  Dr. Cliff Morris, the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Dublin will officiate at both services. Family friends Sarah Skinner and Mary Johnston will speak at the funeral and read from the Bible. The family will receive well-wishers from 1 until 2 p.m., on Thursday at the church.
Lee Beasley, George Beasley, Edwin Fulghum, Josh Fulghum, Chris Vitas, Richard Johnston and Mike Harvill will serve as pallbearers.
The family extends its gratitude for the care and compassion given by the staff of Home Instead, both in her home and at the Addison House; the staff of the Addison House; and the staff of Serenity Place, where Nell spent her final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Dublin, 405 Bellevue Avenue, Dublin, Ga.  31021.
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