Jewel Colvin McDaniel died April 17, 2015 at the age of 96. She was born August 4, 1918, near Guthrie, Oklahoma, to Virgil E. and Mary Abigail Niswander. In 1925 she moved with her parents and paternal grandparents to California.
During WWII, Mrs. McDaniel was a homemaker and mother, living on three different farms in the Chowchilla area, and on the Tule Lake Relocation Center for Japanese. In 1965, she graduated from Minot State College with a BS degree in education, and for 12 years, she taught English and literature in junior high in Minot, North Dakota.
In 1980, she and husband, Willard (both retired at the time), relocated to Bailey Flat on the east fork of the Chowchilla River in Eastern Madera County, where they built their home, and she became involved in local history and genealogy. She also made patchwork blankets, which were donated to the Oakhurst New Community United Methodist Church to help support the free community meal Wednesday evenings.
Mrs. McDaniel enjoyed traveling, taking cruises, watching cooking shows, and spending time with friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandchildren, Garner Williams and Andrew Campbell; and her sister Pearl DuBois.
She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Grace and Werner Lohmann of Florida; Lorene and Lyle Williams of Alberta, Canada; Merlin and Cathy McDaniel of Oregon; Elizabeth McDaniel and Jim Hubbard of Bailey Flat (Raymond); Hope and Rick Campbell of San Diego; Ted and Pat McDaniel of North Dakota; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, and her brother Glenn Niswander of Selma.
A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m., August 4, at the New Community United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Heifer Project International, Habitat for Humanity, or New Community United Methodist Church for the free community meal.