Clara J. McDaniel, 79

JULY 24, 1932-DEC. 31, 2011

January 05, 2012
  • Clara J. McDaniel
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Clara Joanne (Scott) McDaniel, 79, of Hagerstown, Md., died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born July 24, 1932, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of Otho Brown Scott and Anita Martin Scott. She lived her early life in Waynesboro and moved to Hagerstown in 1945.

Mrs. McDaniel graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1950 and enrolled in various courses throughout her life at Hagerstown Community College.

She retired from Washington County Public Schools, having held various executive secretarial positions, including at E. Russell Hicks Middle School. She completed her career in the psychology department. Her first secretarial position was at Olmsted Air Force Base in Middletown, Pa.

Upon retirement, Mrs. McDaniel became a member of Hagerstown’s Lioness Club and Women’s Club, in which she served on various committees. She maintained her interest and support of animal protection organizations (SPCA and humane society), various wildlife and environmental organizations, and local service organizations (the Girls Club) throughout her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Debra Anne Roane of Rockville, Md.; stepson, Joseph Martin McDaniel of Hagerstown; a sister and brother-in-law, Yvonne and Ralph Martin of Hagerstown; a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Joan Scott of Hanover, Pa.; one niece; two nephews; two grandnephews; and many friends in the Summerland Manor neighborhood and the Tri-State area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and dear husband, Joseph Wilson McDaniel Jr.

Mrs. McDaniel’s memorial service is planned within the next month to allow her to make her final contribution to society.

In lieu of flowers, she preferred memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society of Washington County or to Heaven and Earth Animal Rescue Team (HEART) of Raleigh, N.C. (, which introduced Mrs. McDaniel to her beloved Westie, Haddie.

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