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Daisy (Daily)
1886 - 1988

1884 - 1926

Daughter of John Wesley Daily and Selina Irene (McKinley), Daisy was born in Basco, Hancock County, Illinois on the 2nd of November 1886.

Married to Lee Siegfried on 14 February 1906, she was widowed at the age of thirty-nine. Lee, who was the son of Isaac and Mary, was born 30 June 1884 in Hancock co., Illinois and died there on 23 July 1926.

To support herself and her family, Daisy worked as a school teacher, Sunday school teacher, telephone operator and postmaster in Ferris until her retirement.

Daisy was 101 years, ten months, and 24 days old when she passed away on the 26th of September 1988 in Carthage, Hancock Co., Illinois.

(Granddaughter Unknown, submitted by Jacqueline Owens)

There is an open gate at the end of the road
which each must go alone;
and there, in a light we cannot see,
our Father claims his own -
Beyond the gate our loved one finds
happiness and rest;
And there is comfort in the thought
our loving god knows best.

My grandmother, Daisy Daily Siegfried died September 26, 1988, before her 102nd birthday, November 2nd. She leaves nearly 100 descendants with many fond memories and a unique heritage.

We know she had to have been devastated when her beloved husband died suddenly over 62 years ago, leaving her a widow at the age of 39. She was left with four teenagers and a huge debt from a farm they had purchased. Being a self-sufficient and unselfish person, she obviously rebounded and made her own way in life without complain. She was the telephone operator at one time and then for many years, the post mistress in (her) little town of Ferris. I fondly remember addressing my letters: Grandmother, Ferris, Illinois.

Her family was her whole life. During those working years, she mad the buttonholes in our garments. They were beautifully done! She knit sweaters, braided wool rugs, made quilts, rag rugs on her loom, stuffed toys and numerous other items for members of her family.

While in college, I received a hand-knit sweater - there were no buttons in her little town, and she wanted to get it in the mail. Being an innovative person and not wanting to be demanding of others, she mad buttons from the handle of a broom - well sanded and varnished - enclosed a note that I should buy what I wanted. I wouldn't have traded those button for any in the world - I still have that well worn sweater in my cedar chest.

Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have memories of many Christmases with hand made gifts for all. During early retirement, they were often of wood - she loved her saw and was most creative. Many were miniature replicas of furniture, very exacting and with intricate detail. Extra special were ladder back chairs with cane bottoms like those her great-grandfather brought west by covered wagon prior to 1812. Many people asked about purchasing doll furniture she had made, but she was not a greedy person and would prefer to give them to her family.

Her great-grandchildren will remember each having a turn at choosing a quilt top from many she wold have stacked onher upstairs bed. In later years, she turned to the easy to handle double knits - I wonder how many yards and garments she cut into small pieces and sewed into tied throws and lap robes? We all have many - often one shows up in our granddaughter, LeAnne's snapshots as she spent many happy hours of her infancy laying or sitting on one while at play.

Life became frustrating after Grandmother could no longer keep herself busy. Her own words to me as she sat at her treadle sewing machine in September, 1987 were, "It's hard to accomplish anything when I'm so shaky and can't half see." Her hearing was gone, but she did see - and without glasses. She made a small throw while at home a few days in May of this year. She remained quite alert and could care for most of her personal needs.

The last few months were frustrating for all. She was more demanding and often angry and expressed it in a stern manner, very much aware of her surroundings, but at other times with a quick answer and a twinkle in in her eyes. We will soon forget these months, but we will always remember her unselfish love and concern for her family, the examples she set in her daily life, the humble life she lived - always working tirelessly; and, most of all, the beautiful prayers she gave at family gatherings. The last of these prayers was at her 100th birthday open house - it was said unfalteringly and with a clear voice that could be heard by all.

Yes, she was a remarkable woman. She had lived her life with dignity and she died that Monday afternoon with dignity, my mother at her side. She was buried in her wedding dress which she had made - a beautiful person.

Unfortunately, most of her great-great-grandchildren will not have memories of her, but a great-grandson expressed it well: "For every stitch Grandmother sewed and for every nail she pounded, there is a loving memory of her in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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