Dora Katherine Daniells was born in 1908 at the Pivot in Wacousta, Michigan. She grew up in Wacousta, Michigan, and Eustis, Florida. She was the first of the five Daniells sisters to attend Florida State Woman’s College, now Florida State University, and graduated with a degree in music education. She taught music in the public schools in Detroit and was involved in the music programs of several churches. She helped her sister, Mary pay for her education at Florida State. This tradition of one sister helping to pay for the next to attend college was continued until all five sisters graduated from college. This was an amazing accomplishment in an era when few women attended college at all.
Dora married John Panchik in 1950 at the Pivot in Wacousta. She lost her sight due to diabetes but still played the piano. Family recordings made shortly before her death show a very powerful performance. She died in 1983.