Daisy Waters Brown, age 83, of Caroleen, NC, died September 13th, passing peacefully to be with our Lord and Savior and join her family and friends that proceeded her in death.
Born May 27, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was the youngest of 9 children born to the late Monroe Ervin Waters and Alpha Belle Johnson Waters. She was proceeded in death by husband of 61 years Daniel Grogan Brown, by 6 brothers; Ernest, Fred, Ray, Fay, Virgil Lee and Barney Waters and 2 sisters; Annie Mae Waters Walker and Mary Waters Silvers, all of Rutherford County.
Daisy is survived by her son Daniel K. Brown, his wife Donna and grandchildren Katherine and Pierce of Cornelius, NC, four sisters-in-law; Lucille Waters, Marie Brown Green, Shirley Brown Collins of Rutherford County and Jean Brown Hamilton of Columbia, SC and two brothers-in-law; Jack Silvers and Charles Green of Rutherford County. Also left to cherish her memory are many nieces and nephews and hundreds of lifetime friends.
She retired from Crellin Plastics, now Sonoco Plastics of Forest City after 20 plus years. Prior to that she was employed with the General Fireproofing Company and in the textile industry.
Daisy was a lifelong member of the Caroleen United Methodist Church and lifelong resident of Caroleen, NC.
She dropped out of school in the ninth grade to go to work in the cotton mill to earn money to help support her elderly parents who were in poor health and had lost all their savings in the Great Depression. She was younger than the minimum age required so she inflated her age in order to get a job.
She became a caregiver at an early age out of necessity and devotion to her father and mother. She continued as a caregiver out of compassion throughout her life, looking after her parents and brothers Fay and Ray as they battled declining health during their final years and provided support and help to other family members, neighbors and friends over the years. She was very devoted to her family and could always be counted on in times of need.
Brother Fay met Daniel Brown on a troop transport ship to Germany where he showed him a picture of his baby sister Daisy and told him to come and visit the family once he got out of service and back to his Ellenboro home. Not long after his return from Germany, Daisy and Daniel married and she was a caring and devoted wife for 61 years until his death on December 13, 2013. She loved her Daniel and he remained her soul mate until her passing.
Daisy was strong willed and very independent. She was steady and had a practical approach to life and you always knew where she stood on an issue. She was a doer and had a strong work ethic throughout her life. She was an outdoors girl and loved working in her yard and flowers.
A loving and nurturing mother, she has a grateful and thankful son for the fine mother she was. She was a wonderful role model and had plenty of wisdom and helpful advice to share that continues to provide him guidance in his daily life.
· Be true to yourself and never forget your roots
· Stay humble and kind and never let any success you have lead you to believe that you are any better than anyone else
· Remember those who have helped you along your life's journey
· Know that your work is a self-portrait so take care to do the best job you can
· Surround yourself and associate with people that will be a positive influence on your life
· Always conduct yourself as a gentleman
· Learn to be a good dancer, girls like good dancers
· Remember to brush your teeth after meals, advice she continued to remind him of on a regular basis
Daisy was a bit of a cut-up and always enjoyed a good laugh. She liked to hear and tell a good joke. She had a joyful personality and never met a stranger. It seems all her friends have a "Daisy Story" to share that highlights her fun loving nature.
She was courageous as she battled the cancer that claimed her life, but she was right with her Lord and was ready to leave her earthly life and would want us to be happy for her and celebrate her life with a smile on our faces.
She lives on through the lessons she instilled in her son and that he in turn is passing to his children and through the influence she was on the many she touched during her life.
The family extends their gratitude to the many neighbors, family members and friends that visited and provided support during Daisy's battle with cancer. We are very appreciative of the compassionate care provided by the staffs and health care professionals at the Levine Cancer Center in Forest City, Fair Haven of Forest City and Hospice of Rutherford County and the end-of-life services provided by the Caroleen United Methodist Church family, the professional and caring staff with the Harrelson Funeral Home and Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery.
For those who wish to honor her memory, the family requests that In lieu of flowers memorials in her name be sent to the Caroleen United Methodist Church, PO Box 187 Caroleen, NC 28019 and/or Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043.
The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Caroleen First United Methodist Church with Reverend Wes Brown and Reverend Lucy Robbins officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the church.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.