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Helen Madlin Daniels passed into her Lord's arms on Saturday, January 27, 2018. She was born on January 11, 1925 in Minden, WV to parents Christopher and Sylvia (Wilson) Spradling. She was the fifth of six children: Gretchen and Irene (Hall) (sisters, deceased), Norman and John (brothers, deceased), and brother Richard "Butch" Spradling of Ohio.

Helen attended Oak Hill High School then moved to Akron, OH where she worked in a factory as a bucker ("Rosie the Riveter") on C-37 aircraft. Upon returning to Oak Hill, she married John Lee Daniels in 1944. Helen and John settled in their hometown of Oak Hill, WV where they raised one son Chris Daniels (deceased) and 3 daughters (all now reside in Florida): Carrol A. Gowan (Ft. Myers), Connie L. Eleinko (Ft. Myers), and Donna Daniels (Fanning Springs).

Helen was deeply loved by her husband, children (4), grandchildren (13), great grandchildren (17), and great great grandson and countless neighbors and church friends.

Helen gave so much of herself to her family, church, and friends. After John's service in the Army (an MP in the Philippines), John worked as both a postal carrier and a baptist minister in Oak Hill while Helen was a homemaker and served much time by John's side at the church. Helen had a beautiful voice: she and John sang together at church, and she sang in a county choir (including many solos). She was also an Avon representative and worked during holidays at a dress shop in town. She was a Giver who cooked a meal or gave a helping hand to anyone in need.

Helen and John briefly moved to Parkersburg, WV while John served as pastor to Union Valley Baptist Church. They maintained their home in Oak Hill during that time, then retired back to that home.

With retirement, they spent winters on Pine Island, FL (Fisherman's Wharf) where Helen became known for being a great cook (especially her salmon patties) and enjoyed being on a women's bowling team. When John fell ill with Parkinson's Disease, Helen kept him at home and took care of him until his passing September 22, 2002.

In recent years, Helen has lived in Gainesville and Ft. Myers (FL) to be near her daughters. Her last residency was at Springwood Court in Ft. Myers. She enjoyed her time there, loved and appreciated the caring helpers (who told of lots of funny things she did to cheer others and what a lovely woman she was).

She will be greatly missed for many reasons, and we thank God for giving her to us for 93 years.

A celebration of her life will be held in the Oak Hill Baptist Church of Oak Hill, WV. She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, John, and son, Chris, at High Lawn Cemetery, Oak Hill, WV. Two celebrations will be held (the second will be in April, date and times to be announced), as several family members are unable to travel for the first. The first services are as follows.

Visitation - Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6pm-8pm: Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV
Funeral - Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1pm: Oak Hill Baptist Church, Oak Hill, WV
Burial - following funeral: High Lawn Cemetery, Oak Hill, WV

Inquiries can be sent to carrolgowan@sbcglobal.net
Published on February 9, 2018
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