Ms. Katie Daniels
KATIE L. DANIELS, age 96, was born on October 23, 1924 in Bellevue, (Browns Station), Alabama. She was a daughter of the late Jordan and Frances Bolden Allison.
She attended Parker High School in Birmingham, Ala. under the guardianship of her maternal uncle, Henry Bolden. Out of the Great Migration, a 25-year-old Katie followed her parents, sister and brother to settle in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Destiny welcomed her with the love of her life, her best friend and husband Augustus Daniels. They seemed inseparable until his death in 1985.
Katie's employment in Fort Wayne began with a short stint at Robert Hall's Clothing Store in 1949. She enjoyed a long 34-year career as head waitress at G.C. Murphy's Department Store from 1951 to 1985.
Prior to leaving her native town of Bellevue, Katie confessed her faith in Christ at an early age at the Trinity Baptist Church. In 1952, she joined Pilgrim Baptist Church in Fort Wayne. Under the leaderships of Rev. John Dixie and Rev. Sam Shade, Jr. she refined the Usher Board and the Nurses Guild.
Since 1961, Katie served her community through the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of Isis organizations.
It was a great joy and satisfaction for her to serve as a volunteer at the Gleaners Food Bank for 26 years. She was an avid bowler. She liked to dance and create crafts. Katie's heart reflected her beliefs. Her altruism and concern for others spread goodwill and morale everywhere she went.
When her sister-in-law passed at age 52, Katie filled the void for her 12 children. She was also the de facto head of her late husband's family too. She was a godsend to both the Allison and Daniels families as their matriarch. For 10 years, she made her home a hospice for her older sister until her passing at age 92.
As Katie aged, her nephew and niece followed her example to care for her. Roland Allison relieved her of all her household responsibilities. He made sure she was safe, kept her company, drove her wherever she wanted to go, and took her out to dinner almost daily. For her last two and a half years, Katie received full time care in the home of her niece, Veronica Montgomery, in Indianapolis. She was still in pursuit of what inspired her longevity. She looked forward to making her many friends happy at the independent adult daycare center where she was enrolled.
In addition to her special nephew, Roland in Fort Wayne, Ind. and special niece, Veronica in Indianapolis, Ind., Katie leaves to cherish her memory, her step-daughter, Ruthann Daniels of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson, Dwayne Wimes of Fort Wayne, Ind.; nieces, Jeanette (Lucius) Bearfield, Ruby Allison and Cheryle (Gary Surles) Underwood, all of Fort Wayne, Ind., Vadie (Darrell) Strozier of Detroit, Mich., Mary (Warren) Thomas of Vicksburg, Miss.; nephews, James Allison Jr. of Middletown, R.I., Darrell and Robert Allison, both of San Diego, Calif., Lee Anthony (Julie) Daniels, Indianapolis, Ind., and generations of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Katie gained her wings Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana with family by her side.
In addition to her parents and husband, Katie was preceded in death by her brother, James Allison Sr.; sister, Vadie M Frane; sister-in-law, Ruby M. Allison; niece, Joann M. Turner, and nephew, Vernon H. Allison.
Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1331 Gay St., with walk-through viewing starting at 9 a.m.
Burial in Highland Park Cemetery.
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