Margaret Daniels – A Woman of Many Talents and Interests
Margaret was always ready to laugh with, counsel, educate, support and celebrate anyone she came across in life. Her presence will be missed by both family and friends alike.
She was predeceased by her husband, Russell R. Daniels, as well as two of her sisters: Fiore Cicero and Catherine D’Amour. However, she is survived by four of her children.
Early Life and Education
Margaret was an exceptionally nurturing aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all those she came in contact with. As an intuitive teacher she imparted many life skills such as cooking, creating herbal medicines from scratch, dehydrating food for storage purposes and wilderness survival to her students.
She graduated from Gunston Hall and George Washington University with a degree in history and remembered how difficult and stressful 1945 had been, especially as her father took on the presidency amid world events.
After returning to New Zealand she established a dance school in Wellington. At 125 Cuba Street she established what would become one of Wellington’s premier ballet studios – hosting Royal Academy of Dance exams, intensive tuition courses and rehearsals by theatre or dance groups alike. Her passion for teaching forged lasting loyalty among her pupils.
Margaret Daniels was an avid reader who also had a deep-seated desire to travel. Additionally, Margaret enjoyed cooking and dancing – activities she pursued actively as a member of both Lewiston Senior Center and St Joseph’s Church in Lewiston.
She authored numerous books, such as biographies of both of her parents and her own Capital Crimes series. Although she performed most of the research herself, a team of ghost writers completed the writing for these works.
She was an amazing wife, mother, sister and aunt; grandmother; great-grandmother and friend to all those she met. Her loss will be deeply felt among family and friends alike. Among those she leaves behind are husband Herbert Daniels; two daughters Katie (Joyce) and Jennifer; four grandchildren Lacy Ranton, Alexis Ubah Christien Ubah Hope Fontenot as well as one stepgrandchild Lunden Daniels who all miss her dearly.
Achievement and Honors
Margaret was an accomplished professional with a deep commitment and love of life. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, striving to be her best self and leaving a legacy of kindness and affection behind for others.
She ran her own dancing school for around four decades in Wellington. Her studio became an epicenter for Royal Academy of Dancing ballet examinations, intensive tuition courses, and rehearsals by various theatre and dance groups.
She is the author of numerous novels and nonfiction works, such as biographies of President Harry S. Truman and First Lady Bess Wallace Truman, which have received critical acclaim. Furthermore, she is a respected critic and editor and an active member of the National Book Critics Circle; having also won various Reviewer’s Choice awards in her time.
Margaret Daniels was an accomplished woman of many talents and passions, boasting both an MBA in education and three national eisteddfodau victories for elocution. Additionally, Margaret Daniels held membership in Carmarthenshire’s Gorsedd under her bardic name ‘Ellyw’.
She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who found happiness when surrounded by family. She enjoyed traveling, camping and cooking–especially greens and smothered pork chops for family gatherings–traveling, camping and attending theatre performances such as Public Theater Unplugged series and Patrick’s Fund performances at Public Theater; sewing, knitting and crafting projects she completed were donated to Patrick’s Fund by Public Theater as donations; she knitted for charity and was an avid bridge player who took challenges head on and never gave up hope of success;
Margaret Cho is an internationally acclaimed comedian who has built up an impressive career worldwide. In addition to comedy, Margaret is also a successful author and philanthropist, amassing an estimated net worth of $6 Million.
Margaret stands out among other comedians with her fearless approach to controversial subjects, making her stand out among the competition. She has appeared in over 90 movies and television shows; such as New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 1995 and Face/Off as notable roles.
She prefers to keep her personal life private, although rumors circulated of dating her in the past. She is a member of Omicron Zeta chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa and lives with two children in California where she enjoys gardening, hiking and not drinking alcohol – also an advocate for women’s rights.