Amidst laughter from her children and grandchildren, Eva Mae McDaniel, 83, of Van Buren was called to heaven on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. She was born in Seminole, Okla., to Russell and Letha Bryan on March 16, 1933, and was the fifth of six children. Eve enjoyed making ceramics, quilting, sewing, entertaining, camping, fishing, crabbing, dog sitting and making holiday crafts for loved ones.
She graduated from Holdenville High School in 1952 where she was a cheerleader and basketball homecoming queen and married Clyde Lee McDaniel the same year. They moved to Oregon in 1954 and had two children, Russell Edward and Patricia Ann. Eve worked as a primary school teacher assistant for the Oregon School District until she retired and moved back to Van Buren in 1979.
She was a very special lady to many relatives, caregivers and friends. Eve was a breast cancer survivor, everyone’s cheerleader and a “fighter” to the very end. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and a 12-time gold medal winner at the Senior Olympics. She served as president of Greenhurst Resident Council and was Ms. Greenhurst 2011 and third runner-up at the state queen pageant. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde McDaniel; son, Russell McDaniel; her parents, Russell and Letha (Turner) Bryan; one sister, Ruth Olson; brothers, Harold and J.E. Bryan; and her “beloved” dachshund Daisy.
She is survived by daughters, Patricia Price and husband Marty of Ratcliff and Mikell Miller and husband Trent of Ashland, Ore.; a sister, Mary Kieff of Medford, Ore.; a brother, Bill Bryan and wife Elaine of Eugene, Ore.; daughter-in-law; Vickie McDaniel of Van Buren; grandchildren, Myranda Kuykendall and husband Lance, Bryan McDaniel and wife Emily and Brittany Farrar and husband,Trever; and great-grandchild, Gunnar Farrar. She also is survived by her endearing best friend, Polly Rothermel, and many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Joe Walden officiating. Burial will be at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Bryan McDaniel, Lance Kuykendall, Trever Farrar, Brad McDaniel, Randy McDaniel, Mark McDaniel and Dave Barker.
Honorary pallbearer will be Steve McDaniel.
The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff and caregivers at Greenhurst Nursing Center in Charleston for their endearing love and care they gave to our Mom, Sister, and Nonnie.
In lieu of flowers please honor Eve with a donation to the Charleston Animal Shelter or the Sebastian County Humane Society.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.