I found out last Thursday morning that my grandmother's house had sold in Brookhaven, so I made a trip down that afternoon. My dad and grandfather built this house many years ago, and I have always been so proud of that! It was fun to go one last time and walk through the yard where my cousins and I had bottle rocket wars, and look in the closet where Jeff and I hid most of the time during hide and seek. Lots of good memories--I'm very thankful for my family! We sure will be glad to have her in Jackson though!
I also was determined to climb the pear tree one last time, and I think it will be the last tree I will ever climb! It's not as easy as it used to be!
The Daily Leader paper had this article in it a few weeks ago. It was entitled "Local Spends LIfe Giving".
Local spends life giving to community
Published 11:49am Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Brookhaven will soon lose one of its frequent givers and humble helpers.
Keith McDaniel will soon be moving to The Orchard in Ridgeland, but not without leaving her mark in the more than 50 years she has been a part of the local fabric.
” Mrs. Keith is a dear, dear lady and will be missed by so many,” Helen Lynch, one of McDaniel’s many friends, said. “She does so much in our community and has made such a difference in so many lives for so many years.”
McDaniel moved to Brookhaven in 1966 and taught English at Copiah-Lincoln Community College for many years.
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http://www.dailyleader.com/2015/02/17/local-spends-life-giving-to-community/2/27/2015“What impressed me from the first about Brookhaven were its friendly people, fine hospital, many fine churches, good schools and good people in administration, ” she said.
She taught developmental English and worked hard to help those students catch up. McDaniel said she taught many football and basketball players because of her strict nature.
“The coaches knew I’d tattle on them,” she said with a laugh.
One of her favorite stories involves a football player coming to her at the end of class. He wanted to thank her for all her help in English.
“Mrs. Mc, you done so good,” McDaniel recalled him saying.
McDaniel was present at Co-Lin as they integrated the students. She said, with one exception, the whole process went smoothly.
“They blended well,” she said.
The incident she remembered was when she and another teacher took a group down to New Orleans as part of her French class. The group began ignoring a black girl on the trip, but McDaniel and the other teacher were quick to fill in the gap.
“We were her friends for the weekend,” she said.
Although her profession required a certain amount of a giving nature, McDaniel’s work doesn’t stop there. She has been very active with Outreach Ministries.
McDaniel got involved after meeting Jerry Durr. She said the Outreach began when Durr found a homeless man sleeping on a bench in Brookhaven.
“He really impressed me as a caring person,” she said. “It seemed like it was such a good outreach.”
She has enjoyed being able to help those in need, but she said her favorite parts of the Outreach haven’t involved giving material things. McDaniel loved being able to talk and give her time to the people.
“It was just a people mission,” she said.
McDaniel also volunteered at the hospital, including six years in the emergency room. There her goal was to be an encouraging and comfort spirit during such stressful times.
“Many people told me it was such a blessing to see a smiling face,” she said.
In recent years, McDaniel has really grown to love her Sit Fit class, led by Idella Byrd at King’s Daughters Medical Center’s fitness center.
“There’s about five or six of us that sit around a table,” she said. “We just get really into each other’s lives.”
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Sam went around all week calling it Love Day instead of Valentine's Day. I'm really hoping that sticks around our house. We had a great low-key Love Day. Friday night, I made pumpkin heart shaped pancakes. I tried my best to turn them pink, but that's kind of hard since they are orange! I've never done shaped pancakes and now I am hooked. The possibilities are endless--pumpkins, Christmas trees, numbers for birthdays... So much fun! I used a ketchup squirt bottle and did the outline first and then filled it in.
The kids woke up to heart shaped doughnuts and we had a lazy morning while Zeb worked. We went to lunch and I visited my grandmother while the rest of the house rested. That afternoon continued to be lazy and we had a feast for dinner-- Steak, Roasted Asparagus, brussel sprouts, and sweet potatoes.
We are proud of Sam for saying the catechism in his 4 year old class!
The day before Valentine's Day the 4 and 5 year olds went to a nursing home and fire station so that they could spread the love of Jesus! It was so sweet. They sang close to 10 songs about love! They made Valentine's cards for the seniors living in the nursing home.