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1811 NE 16th Ave #A
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-675-3447
Fax: 360-682-2359
Shirley McDaniel

Shirley McDaniel

Sunday, April 6th, 1941 - Friday, August 9th, 2019
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Shirley Blair McDaniel
My lovely wife Shirley Blair was born on April 6, 1941, in Tulsa, OK. Her parents were John Pigler and Emma Blair. After her parents divorced, Shirley wisely decided to assume her mother’s maiden name in the second grade!
She attended school in Tulsa throughout her young life, and proudly graduated from Tulsa University with a BA in English and teaching in 1963. By that time she had two daughters, Valerie and Natalie, and was married to Paul Park. After an attempt at teaching (8th graders, all of whom were taller than her 5 foot frame), she decided to venture into another field. She became a social worker and worked in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City in child placement. She continued this work until 1968.
In 1968 Shirley and Paul were divorced and she moved back to Tulsa. There I cautiously started calling her occasionally and going out to dinner with her. After a short while I fell in love with her and her daughters, and we were married on December 13, 1969, just a couple of weeks before I was to report to the Navy. She was a little dubious, having spent all of her life in Oklahoma. She should not have been!
We moved to Pensacola, FL, where I attended Flight Surgeon School, then moved to El Toro, CA, where I was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station in Santa Ana. We loved our time there, but soon I received orders to Viet Nam. I left Shirley and the girls behind..three girls now, with the birth of our daughter Tara in March 1971, while I went initially to Okinawa. Shirley kept putting the girls’ toys and other items in my ship-out luggage. I mistakenly thought I would not see them for a year. She knew better. After 3 weeks in Okinawa I called her and suggested that she get passports and tickets and move to Okinawa. She told me she already had passports and tickets in hand! She arrived in Okinawa where we secretly rented a house and put the older girls in a Japanese school. I went off to Viet Nam, and Shirley would fly to meet me whenever my ship would come for R & R. We met in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines over the next year. (She was always wiser than me!)
We then had an incredible career, living on both coasts, in Spain for 3 years, Germany, and back to Japan for 2 years. We were fortunate enough to live in Hawaii for 4 years. Shirley began teaching English as a 2nd language while we were in Japan, and continued to do so in Hawaii. We finally retired after a total of 32 years in the Navy in 1997, returning to Oak Harbor, were we had purchased a house when stationed here in 1986-88.
I was a Commanding Officer for many years in the Navy, having a total of 5 commands. Shirley was my most valuable asset in those jobs. She guided me, lent sanity to my somewhat insane tendencies, and perhaps most importantly provided guidance to many young Navy wives through those years. Without her hand on the rudder I would never have been able to do my job in the Navy.
She was busy here in Oak Harbor, being a proud member of the American Association for University Women, Friends of the Library, and starting (at least) 3 book clubs and several lunch groups. She decided many years ago that our neighborhood needed a picnic every summer so we could be a true community, and single-handedly set that process in motion. Our yearly picnics continue these many years later.
Shirley was the most gracious person I have ever known. Quiet, contemplative, wise, gentle, brilliant. I do not have all the adjectives, but she is the best person I have ever known. I was so proud to have been her friend and mate these 50 years.
In the end, she was hospitalized at the Whidbey Health Medical Center, where she had been an in-patient several times. Their care and compassion was absolutely outstanding. She moved from there to Careage House in Coupeville, where again the staff was incredible. They were caring, compassionate, professional, and dispensed love along with their other care. Shirley and I so appreciated both places; we should all be proud of those facilities and the people who work in them. She passed away on August 9, 2019. She is survived by her three daughters, Valerie (Tulsa, OK), Natalie (Aiken, SC), and Tara (Missoula, MT). We have 4 grandchildren, Sasha, Fionna, Dakota, and Ian. Her brother Blair Jackson lives in Orlando. And, me, Bill McDaniel. She leaves behind so many family and friends who loved and appreciated her for the incredible person she always was.
Instead of flowers, I would like to establish a scholarship in Shirley Blair McDaniel’s name through the AAUW, where for many years she worked as head of the Scholarship Committee.
A memorial service with reception will be held on Monday August 26th, 2019 1pm at Wallin Funeral Home.
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  • Service

    Monday, August 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, August 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC
    Address
    1811 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Reception to follow

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Karen Anderson Hughes

Posted at 09:47pm
Shirley and I became friends in the eighth grade at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School in Tulsa. We also attended Tulsa Central High School and University of Tulsa together. So many memories.
In later years, it was so great to e-mail each other with updates and discuss our book clubs and books we liked and disliked; she even attended my book club once when the timing coincided with her visit. That was a fun day for all of us! We enjoyed many luncheons each time she was in Tulsa and usually included several other friends. Always enjoyable. I shall always be grateful for her friendship and I shall miss her!
Karen Anderson Hughes
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Bill McDaniel

Posted at 11:43am
I have so many memories that they are impossible to write down. Thank you to so many friends who honored her, to those who sent flowers and money for her scholarship, and for all of you who loved her as I did.
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bruce.dyer6801@att.net

Posted at 01:10am
We can lose a woman such as Shirley by our own death, not by hers. So, until then, let us rejoice in her.
Bruce & Karen
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John Henry and Family

Posted at 03:47pm
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Posted at 09:39am
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