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Marva Jean Daniel
Namcy Thurston Lang
September 24, 2020
I only met Marva twice: once when Nora was about 2 and once at my father’s 85th birthday party. She has proven to be a woman who demonstrated the principle of unconditional love and acceptance. I used to tease my sister Sandy that Marva was her “psychiatrist” because she would listen, be supportive and offer discerning advice. Marva was able to be a friend even though she was suffering herself.
Marva is in a better place now where she can be uplifted like she was so good at doing for others.
September 24, 2020
I met Marva when we were in Navy JAG together in Norfolk…I was 26…Now I’m 62……She has been such a gift over these years. I know in outward appearances we are different….hobbies or what we do in free time, different lately….But one thing my friendship with M has taught me….appearances, activities, etc aren’t the thing…. It’s the connection, real empathy, ability to listen and get it and care which M had 100%.
We met in Norfolk…We would swim together at lunchtime, the Navy was big on PT they called it. Then I transferred to Naples, Italy and she transferred to Pensacola, FL…We finished our tours and got back in touch when we were both back in the DC area…We occasionally got together but mostly it was phone…
M was someone who could discern things about people and a situation with just hearing a little bit, we’d call each other for a “reality check.” Didn’t matter what it was: Jobs, people, bosses, boyfriends, family…It was her caring and empathy. She was always right there with me and supportive thru thick and thin….
Even when her own health problems picked up and in pain and tired…when we’d talk she’d always ask, “what’s going on with you?”….Asking about me always despite what she was going thru.
I was using a web site the other day hadn’t used in a while….Asked for password….I don’t know. One you could set up a hint….”Best friend’s last name”….Typed in Daniel….Yep that worked.
Recently , prob ard Nora’s birthday we were reminiscing about when Nora was born. Hot that year, May 31, 1991….Came up to Walter Reed later that day, her sister Catherine was there and brought her out, Marva said, “here she is.” A beautiful baby with a full head of hair…We talked about that day and Nora being a beautiful baby and M said, “And now she’s taking good care of me.”
Nora, I know she loved you more than anything and thank you and Catherine for taking good care of her the last few years.
I’m thankful for the gift of having Marva as my friend….
September 19, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss Nora.
September 17, 2020
A peaceful good night to the originator of the Witch Windelmeyer stories. You have been loved, will be missed, and will never ever be forgotten.