Lydia Daniels, known to her family and many of her friends as Libby, passed away on June 9, 2012 at the age of 90.
Libby was born January 15, 1922 in Dillon, SC to James Oliver Huggins and Sarah Ruth (Newberry) Huggins. Her maternal grandparents were James Alexander Newberry and Lydia (Allen) Newberry of Rockingham, NC. Libby grew up on a farm just outside of Rockingham.
She attended Peachland Elementary School and graduated from Hoffman High School, Richmond County, NC in 1940. She went on to earn an Associate degree from Florence Business College, Florence, SC in 1942.
From 1942 to 1947 she was employed as secretary to the Chief Engineer of the Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. in Charleston, SC. In 1947 she moved to Washington, DC to serve as secretary to the Director of Civilian Personnel at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.
It was while in Washington in 1950 that Libby met Ray Daniels. The couple fell in love and were married in Arlington, VA in September 1952. Libby and Ray moved to Cleveland, OH where Ray was enrolled in graduate school. She transferred her employment to the U.S. Coast Guard, Great Lakes District Headquarters, in Cleveland.
In January 1958 the couple and their one-year old daughter, Pamela, moved to Norman, OK where Ray had accepted a faculty position at the University of Oklahoma. Libby and Ray resided in Norman for more than 40 years. In 1998, upon Ray’s retirement, they moved to Reno, NV to establish their retirement home and be nearer their daughter now living in northern California.
Libby is survived by her husband Dr. Raymond D. Daniels of Reno, NV; daughter Pamela Joan Daniels (husband Andrew L. Binstock) of San Carlos, CA; sister Hazel M. Haigler, niece Arlene Phillips and nephew Richard Haigler of Asheboro, NC; and nephew Jeff Haigler of Oak Island, NC.