Carol L. McDaniels

November 24, 1948January 7, 2021

Bartonville – Carol Lynn McDaniels, 72, of Bartonville, passed away at 5:22 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2021 at her home. She was born on November 24, 1948 in Peoria, a daughter of Clinton and Barbara (Wolfe) McDaniels. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Barbara; and brother-in-law, Steve Kroll.

Carol is survived by her brother, Clint (Brenda) McDaniels of Leesburg, FL; sister, Debbie Kroll of Bartonville; niece, Michelle Justice of Pekin; two nephews, John McDaniels of Lacey, WA and Thomas (Maria Minson) Murphy of East Peoria; uncle, David (Marilyn) Wolfe of Milford, OH; several great-nieces and great-nephews; many cousins; and many wonderful friends from Bradley, Monroe School, and her church.

She was a 1970 graduate of Bradley University and taught 5th grade at Monroe Elementary School District 70 for 34 years, retiring in May of 2003. She continued teaching there as a substitute teacher until 2009. She was a dedicated teacher who dearly loved her students and was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

She attended Faith Missionary Church in Bartonville, where she volunteered with Vacation Bible School, the Kitchen Crew, and Keenagers Senior Program.

Carol’s funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Her visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. also on Monday also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Missionary Church or South Side Mission.

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    Monday, January 11, 2021


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Carla Roberts

January 11, 2021

I so enjoyed knowing Meeting and knowing Carol. She attended the women’s ministry, The Well, at Northwoods a couple years ago. She always had something to share, so knowledgeable. I also know she was a great teacher for many years. And a heart for Jesus. Karen, you have my heart felt sympathy.

Lisa Jones

January 10, 2021

I was saddened to read about Miss McDaniels. She was one of my favorite teachers at Monroe. I ran into her occasionally at Kroger’s. We ‘d stop to chat and she would always ask about my parents and brother. She never forgot a student. Rest In Peace. You will live on in the memories of your students.

Vicki Hageman-Kersten

January 9, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Miss McDaniels passing. I was one of her 5th grade students many years ago. I remember during class time, she had read bits of a YA novel she had written and I was so in awe of her words that it inspired me to also write fiction; a hobby I’ve pursued for many years. I am forever grateful to her for this gift she inspired in me. She will never be forgotten.

Joel Donley

January 9, 2021

Miss Mc Daniels was the best teacher I’ve ever had. Her sense of humor and connection to her students was second to none.

Tabitha Reid

January 9, 2021

I am saddened to hear of Miss McDaniels’ passing. Miss McDaniels was my favorite teacher. For helping in her classroom for several weeks in 5th grade, she took me to a bookstore and let me pick out a new book. I will always remember her kindness.

Brigid Jones-Mook

January 9, 2021

My deepest condolences to her family. She was one of my favorite teachers. So kind and so funny. I’ll never forget her.

Jerry McDaniels

January 9, 2021

Our family was very proud of the passion you had for teaching. You will be missed. You had such a kind loving heart.
Lovingly, Jerry and Becca McDaniels

Brian Wolfe

January 8, 2021

I view Carol as a cornerstone to the family- always there with unconditional love, guidance, and support. She was a warrior of God and walked every step with Him, and even though she is not with us now, there will be time we will be with her again. She will be missed, but never forgotten. Love you always, Brian