Deborah McDaniel

Posted Online: April 11, 2014, 5:36 pm
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Deborah Kaye McDaniel, 63, left this earthly home on April 8, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Private burial will be later at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to Jordan Catholic School, Rock Island, or to Quad City Arts.
Deb was born in Burlington, Iowa, to LaMonte Duke and Shirley Duke Simms on March 13, 1951. She graduated from Notre Dame High School and attended the University of Iowa. Deb married David J. McDaniel on April 24, 1982, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport. Together, they made their home and raised their family in Rock Island. Their children are Rachel Hayden and Logan and Tyler McDaniel.
Deb's first career took her to regional visual merchandising director for several Younker's stores. After retiring in 2003, she immersed herself in volunteer activities, especially with Junior Board of Rock Island, Alleman Heritage Ball and Quad City Arts. Deb also served on the board for the Autism Society of the Quad Cities. She turned volunteerism at Quad City Arts into a second career as Festival of Trees staff director.
Deb's great passion and talents in life were to serve family, friends and community. She was a tireless worker for the charities she cherished and valued her many friends. Her family, including her parents, siblings, extended family and, of course, her beloved husband, children and grandchildren, came first. Family challenges only made Deb a stronger person.
In addition to her husband, children, Rachel (Brandon) Hayden, Logan (Mindy) McDaniel and Tyler McDaniel and grandchildren, Carter, Nolan and Elijah Hayden, Dylan McDaniel and Kingston Haynie, Deb is loved and will be remembered by her parents; sister, Karla (Dennis) Standard; brothers, Greg (Lisa) Duke, Kevin (Janetta) Duke and Mike Duke; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends. Preceding Deb in death were her grandparents; infant brother, Stevie; little sister, Linda; and uncles, Jerry Miller and Loren Much.
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1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
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