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VaLora McDaniel

d. April 4, 2011


VaLora R. McDaniel, age 65, of rural Luray, MO, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 4, 2011 in the emergency room of Scotland Co. Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

VaLora was born August 20, 1945 in Keokuk, IA, the only daughter of Lester and Elnora Oilar Hopp.

She married Richard McDaniel on June 7, 1963 in Clark County.

Survivors include her husband, Richard, of Luray; one son, Ritchie McDaniel and his wife, Julia, of Kahoka, MO; one daughter, LaVola Hatton of Fort Madison, IA; five grandsons: John Helenthal and his companion, Jessica Morse of New London, IA, Nicholas (Abbey) McDaniel of Kahoka, MO, David (Sara) Helenthal of Fort Madison, IA, Specialist Richard Manley of Tacoma, WA, and Daryl Manley of Fort Madison, IA; two granddaughters, Amy McDaniel of Keokuk, IA and Amanda (Josh) White of Centerville, IA; several great-grandchildren: David, Mandy and Kylie Helenthal; John and Tiara Helenthal, Nalani and Coltyn McDaniel; Hunter Vanderpool, Quintin and Cassanova Manley, William Fryer and, unborn baby girl, Elaina White; three brothers: Vernon (Suzie) Hopp of Luray, MO, Gary Hopp of Kahoka, MO and Eldon (Pattie) Hopp of Revere, MO; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Loren Keith Hopp, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Opal McDaniel.

VaLora graduated from Kahoka High School in 1963. She worked at the former Sheller Globe in Keokuk for 39 years before retiring 4 years ago. She was a farm girl at heart who loved the outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, watching her hummingbirds, cats, dogs and cows. In the summer months she enjoyed watching her grandsons demo. Jigsaw puzzles were another form of enjoyment as well as sewing and attending craft shows with the girls. The time she valued most was spent with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial were private.

A memorial will be established.

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