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Katherine Elizabeth "Katy" Berly Daniel

March 2, 1934November 14, 2020
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Katherine Elizabeth (Katy) Berly Daniel of Texarkana, Arkansas passed away peacefully at home on November 14, 2020 surrounded by her family, following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Katy’s family will be forever grateful for the loving care provided by the compassionate nurses of Hospice of Texarkana.

Katy was born on March 2, 1934 at the home of her parents, Wesley and Fern Berly, near Gillham, Arkansas. Katy was a Christian, and she worshipped with the Arkansas Boulevard Church of Christ in Texarkana. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William (Bill) Berly. Katy graduated from Gillham High School in 1951. She had always aspired to go to college to be a teacher, but following high school graduation, financial issues prevented her from immediately fulfilling that aspiration. Instead, she went to work and in 1956 joined the SWEPCO team in DeQueen, Arkansas. One day, a SWEPCO mechanic entered the office and announced, “I’m available now.” That mechanic was Bobby L. Daniel, and he and Katy married on June 24, 1958. They had two daughters, Danita and Mollie.

In 1970, Katy began working in the Texarkana, Arkansas school system as a teacher’s aide. And in 1972 she enrolled in Texarkana Community College and later in East Texas State University – Texarkana where she graduated in 1978 with a degree in primary education. She then fulfilled her earlier aspiration, teaching at Carver Elementary School and at Trice Elementary School until her retirement in 1994. After retirement, she and Bobby traveled and then settled down to work with their Church and other volunteer activities including assisting the Red Cross and serving for many years as President of the Texarkana, Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. Katy also was an avid reader – especially her Bible -- she loved to sing and was a self-taught painter. Several of her paintings are on display in the 1894 Gallery.

Katy is survived by her husband, Bobby L. Daniel, her two daughters and sons-in-law, Danita and Paul Ostling of New Canaan, Connecticut and Mollie and Lance Teachworth of Superior, Nebraska and six grandchildren, Laura Teachworth Heller (Taylor), Jacob Ostling, Kaitlin Ostling, Sarah Teachworth, Kirsten Ostling and Daniel Teachworth.

Funeral services will be held at East Funeral Home Downtown on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 am with Mr. Steve McIntosh and Mr. Bill Dempsey officiating. Pallbearers will be Katy’s sons-in-law and grandsons, assisted by Taylor Heller and Greg McNatt. Honorary pallbearers will be Mack Lawrence and Marc Reese. Internment will be in Memorial Gardens, Texarkana, Arkansas. Come and go visitation will be 4pm to 8pm Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the funeral home. Online tributes can be posted at www.eastfuneralhomes.com.

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Pam McCoy Gage

November 19, 2020

Katy was the most beautiful and caring person. She loved everyone. She was always there when someone needed her. She was always kind to me and my family. She will be truly missed.

Sherry Rankin

November 18, 2020

I remember my Aunt Katy as one of the "Great Women," by which I mean, one who carried herself always with dignity and grace, whom I never saw flustered or upset (though she must have sometimes felt that way); a woman who never failed to extend welcome and kindness. Her cabinet full of "#1 teacher" mugs attested to how much she was loved and admired by her students during her career. She is one of those people about whom I have literally not a single negative memory, one of those quiet people humming in the background of your life, whose influence is profound and powerful and largely unacknowledged until they are gone, and you feel what a terrible loss their absence will be. Rest In Peace, sweet lady.

Jane Gore Whitledge

November 17, 2020

Dear Daniel family,

Where does time go? Katy and all of you just seem to be a constant in my life. Her sweetness and ability to make teenaged girls seem important and grown up will not be forgotten. Thank you Katy and Bobby for being such great examples of the love of Jesus. Love, Jane

Alison Baird

November 17, 2020

As one of the Gore girls, I have many happy memories of Katy. I remember her singing at numerous weddings as part of The Mellotones. She had a beautiful voice! I remember youth group get togethers at her house. The large addition on the back of her house was an ideal space for church functions and she was always a gracious hostess! More than anything else, I remember her warm smile and caring heart. I was blessed to have known her. She served as a wonderful role model!

Sherry Stegall

November 17, 2020

I dearly remember Katie and her warm smile. She would always seek us out when we were attending an event and visit. She was forever the encourager and good example. Our days at Northside were sweeter and filled with joy because of her sweet prescence.

Carol Smith

November 17, 2020

Many prayers for Bobby and the family. I am blessed to have been able to know Katy these last few years since moving to Texarkana. She has been such a wonderful Christian example to me and other women. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel to add to the choir. What we will miss on Earth is Heaven's gain!

Amy Pugh Maxey

November 16, 2020

Mrs. Daniel was my second grade teacher at Trice. She is one of the ones that inspired me to become educator and helped foster my love for reading. I have thought of her often since leaving her class. I am sorry to hear of her passing. She touched many lives. Prayers and peace for her family today and in the days to come.

Karen (Coffee) Sanders

November 16, 2020

Bobby and Family,
I am sorry to hear of Katy’s passing. So many sweet memories are filled with her in it from years at church with my Grandma (and parents). My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mary Lou Ostling

November 16, 2020

Katy and I met because of my dear sister-in-law Danita and shared many happy moments at holiday gatherings and other more quiet times. It was a pleasure knowing her and Bobby.

Lou Ella Humphrey

November 16, 2020

We pause to remember a dear lady who was beautiful inside as well as outside and the family and friends who loved her. She was a kind and gentle person who modeled the Christian faith in every thing that she did. Those of us who had her as part of our life journey are blessed indeed because she came our way.

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Biography

Katherine Elizabeth (Katy) Berly Daniel of Texarkana, Arkansas passed away peacefully at home on November 14, 2020 surrounded by her family, following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Katy’s family will be forever grateful for the loving care provided by the compassionate nurses of Hospice of Texarkana.
Katy was born on March 2, 1934 at the home of her parents, Wesley and Fern Berly, near Gillham, Arkansas. Katy was a Christian, and she worshipped with the Arkansas Boulevard Church of Christ in Texarkana. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William (Bill) Berly.
Katy graduated from Gillham High School in 1951. She had always aspired to go to college to be a teacher, but following high school graduation, financial issues prevented her from immediately fulfilling that aspiration. Instead, she went to work and in 1956 joined the SWEPCO team in DeQueen, Arkansas. One day, a SWEPCO mechanic entered the office and announced, “I’m available now.” That mechanic was Bobby L. Daniel, and he and Katy married on June 24, 1958. They had two daughters, Danita and Mollie.
In 1970, Katy began working in the Texarkana, Arkansas school system as a teacher’s aide. And in 1972 she enrolled in Texarkana Community College and later in East Texas State University – Texarkana where she graduated in 1978 with a degree in primary education.
She then fulfilled her earlier aspiration, teaching at Carver Elementary School and at Trice Elementary School until her retirement in 1994. After retirement, she and Bobby traveled and then settled down to work with their Church and other volunteer activities including assisting the Red Cross and serving for many years as President of the Texarkana, Arkansas Retired Teachers Association.
Katy also was an avid reader – especially her Bible -- she loved to sing and was a self-taught painter. Several of her paintings are on display in the 1894 Gallery.
Katy is survived by her husband, Bobby L. Daniel, her two daughters and sons-in-law, Danita and Paul Ostling of New Canaan, Connecticut and Mollie and Lance Teachworth of Superior, Nebraska and six grandchildren, Laura Teachworth Heller (Taylor), Jacob Ostling, Kaitlin Ostling, Sarah Teachworth, Kirsten Ostling and Daniel Teachworth.
Funeral services will be held at East Funeral Home Downtown on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 am, with Bill Dempsey officiating. Pallbearers will be Katy’s sons-in-law and grandsons, assisted by Taylor Heller and Greg McNatt. Honorary pallbearers will be Mack Lawrence and Marc Reese. Internment will be in Memorial Gardens, Texarkana, Arkansas.
Come and go visitation will be 4pm to 8pm Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the funeral home.
Online tributes can be posted at www.eastfuneralhomes.com.

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