Children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells: Jean

October 24, 2009

The fifth and last of the children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells was Jean.  Jean’s oldest son Jim Lowell writes: 

 

 

Jean Daniells Lowell

Jean Daniells Lowell

Iva Georgene “Jean” was born November 21, 1919 at the Pivot in Wacousta.  In her early years she lived and attended school in Florida but spent summers in Michigan.  After graduation from high school in Eustis, Florida in 1937 she took a year off then attended Florida State College for Women where she graduated in 1942 with a BA degree in Music.  She married Donald Harrison Lowell on July 17, 1942.

After living in various places in the Midwest after WWII, the family settled in Wacousta in 1952.  Jean and Don raised seven children – James Russell, Thomas Edward, Sarah Anne, Linda Jean, Katherine Ruth, Betty Lucinda and Donald Carey.  During the 1950s she also taught music at the Wacousta school and continued to serve as a substitute teacher in the Grand Ledge system into the 1970s.  She was very involved with the Methodist church in Wacousta, leading the choir and playing the organ when needed.  She was also active in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and other church organizations.

Jean spent the rest of her life in Wacousta.  She was diagnosed with cancer in July, 1976.  Always cheerful, she fought the disease with good diet and a positive attitude.  She died in California, where she had traveled for treatment, on November 1, 1977.

Jean Daniells Lowell about six months before her death.

Jean Daniells Lowell about six months before her death.

 

 

Jean Daniells Lowell

Jean Daniells Lowell

Jean takes a photograph

Jean takes a photograph

Jean plays a recorder.

Jean plays a recorder.

Don Lowell and Jean with kitty.

Don Lowell and Jean with kitty.

Don and Jean Lowell

Don and Jean Lowell

Jean Daniells and Don Lowell Wedding

Jean Daniells and Don Lowell Wedding

Iva Daniells welcomes Don and Jean Lowell home from their honeymoon.

Jean's mother Iva Bliss Daniells welcomes Jean and Don Lowell home after their honeymoon.


The Daniells Sisters: the Senior Years

October 23, 2009
Today we conclude the group pictures of the five Daniells sisters with snapshots of their senior years.  The sisters remained close all their lives, helping one another, consoling one another, and loving one another.  Every gathering of the five was another opportunity for a group picture.
Betty, Eleanor, and Mary at the cottage.

Betty, Eleanor, and Mary at the cottage.

Dora, Mary, and Betty gaze up at an oil portrait of their Uncle Estee Daniells.

Dora, Mary, and Betty gaze up at an oil portrait of their Uncle Estee Daniells.

Eleanor and Betty contemplate fallen apples at the cottage.

Eleanor and Betty contemplate fallen apples at the cottage.

Jean, Dora, and Mary front row.  Betty and Eleanor back row.

Jean, Dora, and Mary front row. Betty and Eleanor back row.

Jean, Eleanor, Betty, Mary, and Dora.

Jean, Eleanor, Betty, Mary, and Dora.

The sisters gather for Dora and John Panchik's wedding.

The sisters gather for Dora and John Panchik's wedding.

Jean, Mary, Dora, Betty, and Eleanor.

Jean, Mary, Dora, Betty, and Eleanor.

Mary sings while Eleanor plays the piano, 1952.

Mary sings while Eleanor plays the piano, 1952.


The Daniells Sisters: Pictures of the Middle Years

October 21, 2009

We continue with pictures of the teen and young adult years of the Daniells sisters.

Betty, Mary, and Eleanor

Betty, Mary, and Eleanor

Left to right, Eleanor, Dora, Jean, Betty, and Mary

Left to right, Eleanor, Dora, Jean, Betty, and Mary

Left to right, Jean, Betty, Dora, Mary, and Eleanor

Left to right, Jean, Betty, Dora, Mary, and Eleanor

Daniells sisters, 1932

Daniells sisters, 1932

Jean and Eleanor in their band uniforms.

Jean and Eleanor in their band uniforms.

Mary and Betty, 1928

Mary and Betty, 1928

Jean, W.C., Mary, and Dora with Mary's twins Mary and Donna.

Jean, W.C., Mary, and Dora with Mary's twins Mary and Donna.

Front row left to right, Eleanor, W.C. and Jean.  Back row, Mary, Dora, and Betty.

Front row left to right, Eleanor, W.C. and Jean. Back row, Mary, Dora, and Betty.

Betty, Iva, Mary, Dora, Jean, and Eleanor with Mary's twins Donna and Mary.

Betty, Iva, Mary, Dora, Jean, and Eleanor with Mary's twins Donna and Mary.


The Daniells Sisters: Pictures of the Early Years

October 19, 2009

The five Daniells sisters enjoyed doing things together, and there were many opportunities for group pictures.  In previous posts, I have focused primarily on individual sisters.  Today, I will share group pictures.

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Baby Mary and Dora with parents Iva and W.C. Daniells, 1911

Baby Mary and Dora with parents Iva and W.C. Daniells, 1911

Iva with Dora, Mary, and Betty, 1914

Iva with Dora, Mary, and Betty, 1914

Parents Iva and W.C. with Dora, Mary, and Betty, ca 1913

Parents Iva and W.C. with Dora, Mary, and Betty, ca 1913

Iva holds Eleanor while Dora, Mary, and Betty ride the horse.

Iva holds Eleanor while Dora, Mary, and Betty ride the horse.

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora Daniells, 1917

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora Daniells, 1917

Left to right, Iva with Jean, Dora, Eleanor, Mary, and Betty, ca 1921

Left to right, Iva with Jean, Dora, Eleanor, Mary, and Betty, ca 1921

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora, ca 1918

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora, ca 1918

A "band" of sisters: Dora, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Jean

A "band" of sisters: Dora, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Jean, ca 1929


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