Jeanne "Gi Gi" Daniel

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Jeanne (GiGi) Nutty Daniel passed away on January 29, 2014 at the John F. Keever Solace Center. She was 88 years old. Born in Ames, Iowa, she graduated from Ames High School and graduated from Iowa State University, where she met her late husband of 63 years, John N. Daniel. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, W.H. Nutty, and her mother, Margaret Sharp Fox, and sisters Charlotte Johnson, Jerry Lou Angle, and brother James Nutty. She moved to Asheville along with her husband and children in 1961 from Seattle, Wash., when her husband was commissioned to open and manage the Square D Plant here. She volunteered for years with the American Red Cross and was President of the PTO of St. Genevieve of the Pines. She was a member of the Children's Welfare League of Asheville and served on several committees for the Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church, where she was a member. She cherished entertaining friends as well as her husband's colleagues. She had a wonderful group of friends that loved to invent fun. On one occasion they decided to have a formal luncheon on the Blue Ridge Parkway with fine china, silver, candelabras, and wine. They all were dressed in their finest jogging suits. Little did they know that drinking was illegal on the Parkway – but they escaped being caught. While attending Iowa State the male students voted her the Iowa State Christmas Dream Girl. She and her two sisters worked in the student union grill and were always addressed as the "Nutty Girls." Surviving are a daughter, Deborah Daniel Pope, and husband Larry of Asheville, N.C.; a son, John Nelson Daniel, Jr. and wife Susan of Newburgh. Ind.; four grandchildren, John Nelson Daniel III, and wife Noel of Thomasville, Ga., Dr. Alley Jeanne Killian of Atlanta, Ga., Daniel Marcus Killian of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Kathryn Daniel Hollander of Starkville, Miss.; a step-grandson, Brad Pope, and wife Becky of Asheville, N.C.; and four great-grandchildren, Emma Hutton Daniel, John Brigham Daniel, Woodson Hayes Daniel, of Thomasville, and Jackson Murray Schymik, of Starkville. The Family will receive friends on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road. Memorials may be made to John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center, P. O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I know that she was a special presence to you, Alley and Daniel. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love to all.

  2. I was so sad to hear about your mother. She was so beautiful and vibrant, and I know you will all miss her. The Daniels and the Colemans had many great times together. I remember them and miss them. Love, Gay

  3. Dear John and Debbie, I was so sad to hear of the passing of your mom.
    ‘Clean Jean’ such a sweetie! I can still see her now on her daily walks with her big stick! She walked religiously and always with a big smile on her face. Gay is right, the Coleman’s and the Daniels shared some wonderful times and lots of laughs. Great memories.
    Love. Bam

  4. John and Debbie, It saddens me to hear of GiGi’s passing. Your mom was always so wonderful to all of us. I always think of her whenever I pass a See’s Candy store, she was always so generous with her gift of See’s Peanut Brittle. My love and support goes out to your family.
    Love, Tim

  5. It’s like the end of an era. I remember Jeanne and John like they were my second set of parents. They were so beloved by the Irvin family. It’s very hard to accept that they are no longer with us in body. They will certainly remain with us always in spirit. My heart goes out to their daughter Debbie and their entire family. All my love, Sam Irvin (Jr.)

  6. Dear Debbie and John,
    I can not think of my mom and dad without thinking of yours. Through the ups and downs of their friendship they had a bond that will forever connect them in our hearts and mind. Their love for us and for our children was more than special. I have sooo many memories, but my favorite one was when my daughter, Paige, set off the alarm going into my parent’s house, she had the police call your mom to vouch for her. Your mom sent John III down to the house to do the job. Well, you can imagine what the police thought of one teenager vouching for another. It took the brilliant thought of showing the police pictures of Paige with her grandparents, all within view, to get them to settle down. We all had a laugh over that one. We miss her!!!
    Love always,
    Janet Irvin Crowder

  7. Debbie and Johnny… I know Aunt Jeanne’s passing is such a terrible loss for you. Aunt Jeanne was so special. She meant so much to our family. She helped our family so much through the years and was a pillar of strength to/for my mom. She taught me what it was like to be a caring and generous sister! My heart and prayers go out to you now… may God bless and comfort you… Heidi

  8. Debbie and John I am so sorry for your loss! Aunt Jeanne was so special to this family always caring checking in on us we loved her dearly she will be a fond memory in our hearts my youngest daughter shares her name Alyssa Jeanne Santini Playford xoxo Candy

  9. I recently read about the loss of your dear loved one. Although we are not acquainted personally please accept my condolences. Psalms 90:10 says ‘The span of our life is 70 years, or 80 if especially strong…’ Amazing that your loved one lived 88 years! Cherish the memories and the times you shared. May the God of comfort continue to be with you during this difficult time.

  10. I am so sorry to have read of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. Something that I have personally found to be of great comfort is what the Bible says at John 5:28, 29 as well as Revelation 21:4. These verses show us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our loved ones as well as do away with all causes we have for suffering including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family as well. Again I am so sorry for your loss.

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