Emogene B. McDaniel went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 19,
2012, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Blue Springs, MO. She was a
former resident of Springfield for over forty-five years. Emogene was born the
first of five children on June 16, 1919, in Gainesville, MO, to Marion and Maude
(Looney) Day. As a young child, her family moved to the Springfield area, living
in Republic and Fairgrove, where Emogene graduated from high school. With a
$5.00 bill and two dresses, she attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers'
College and completed her teacher training there. She began teaching at Kinser
School in Rogersville, where she met her soon-to-be husband, Raymond O.
McDaniel, while he was on a ladder painting the school building. They were
married on November 21, 1941, at the home of the Rev. E.E. Griever in Harrison,
AR. One daughter and two sons were born to their union. When her husband,
Raymond, was drafted into the Army during W.W. II, Emogene worked at Associated
Grocers in Springfield. During their 46 years of marriage, Emogene also worked
at the Union National Bank and at General Warehouse in Springfield. Her husband,
Raymond, was employed at and later co-owned Hutco Equipment Co. in Springfield.
Following his death in 1987, Emogene moved to Blue Springs, MO, to live near her
daughter, Linda, in 1992. After a serious fall, she moved in with Linda and her
husband, David, in November of 2008.Emogene was known for her generosity and for
the loving and compassionate care she gave to both her family and her friends.
Emogene loved growing flowers and tending to her vegetable garden and strawberry
patch. She was still picking apples in the orchards, well into her eighties and
walking with a cane. Emogene loved the Lord and served in various positions in
women's ministry and Sunday School at Immanuel Baptist Church, where she and
Raymond had been members since the 1950's, until she moved to Blue Springs where
she joined and actively attended Castleview Baptist Church. Upon its demise, she
joined and faithfully sent her tithing check to Homeland Baptist Church in
Springfield, until she found a new church home at Country Meadows Baptist Church
in Independence, MO. Preceding her in death include her husband, Raymond, her
son, Bruce Lynn, her parents, and her brother, Benton Day. She is survived by
her daughter, Linda Baker, and her husband, David, Blue Springs; her son, Byron
McDaniel, and his wife, Layne, Lenexa, KS; her grandchildren, Beau McDaniel,
Springfield; Jennifer (Baker) Valente and her husband, Justin, Kirkland, WA;
Jonathan Baker, Kansas City; Patrick McDaniel, Eugene, OR; Kristyn McDaniel,
Dallas, TX; one great-grandchild, Owen David Valente; three brothers and their
wives, Bearl and Mary Day, Republic, Leo and Venita Day, Nixa, and Kenneth and
Marie Day, Springfield; former daughter in law, Klista McDaniel Smith,
Springfield; as well as five cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation
will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home North from 3 to 5 p.m. on November 25th,
with services scheduled at 1 p.m. on November 26th. Burial will be at Greenlawn
North following the services.