In memory of
HAWLEY-DANIELS, Murriel Grace Dragan The Amazing Matriarch 1926 - 2016 Murriel, an eternal beauty who put Obligation and duty Before all Twice married (the husbands were long-time buddies and ex-navigators in World War II). Beloved and predeceased by both Bernard Hawley (married 55 years) and Raymond Daniels (married 12 years). Murriel passed away peacefully in the early morning of October 5, 2016. Murriel was a talented and tenacious woman. There was nothing she could not accomplish when she put her mind to it. While Murriel was a young teen in Vancouver her mother bought and sold houses. Murriel quickly learned to wallpaper and paint. She went on to have an enduring hatred for wallpaper! By age 17 she was Assistant in a grain broker's office (her boss wanted to buy her a seat on the grain exchange). However, Murriel's life was about to take a new direction. She met Bernard. They were married in Portage La Prairie in 1943. Linda was born in 1944, in Vancouver, while Bernard was still away in the RAF. Subsequently the family was reunited and Bernard became a Federal Fisheries Officer. He was posted to Mission. Thereafter, 3 more children were born: Barry, Allan and then Anne. In Mission, Murriel raised the children, helped build the family bungalow, gardened, canned, baked, and tended to ailing calves, pets, and the growing family. During this period Murriel became president of the Rotary Ann's. She was also secretary to The Catholic Women's League and treasurer for the Girl Guides Association. Although Murriel disliked sewing, she Singered away, creating many costumes and ballet outfits. She truly was a woman of many talents. She could roller skate with grace, dance up a storm, sing and whistle. She was a natural with the mouth organ, piano, accordion and organ – all played by ear. Also, Murriel could paint a landscape and shoot a rifle. Post World War II, hobos often came to our door. We lived in an isolated area and Bern was usually away on Fisheries business so such were not welcomed. Murriel would grab the rifle, point at the intruder and order them off the property. As far as I know, nobody ever argued with her. Latterly, Murriel went on to become a legal secretary and then secretary and office assistant to Robert Ellis' chartered accountancy office in Mission. When the family moved to Kitimat and then back to Vancouver, Murriel was a secretary to the Steel Workers' Union. She ended her working career as secretary to the Dean of Economics at UBC. Although Murriel was initially afraid of the water, she learned to swim through the Red Cross Program in Mission. In her retirement years she enjoyed many hours on the Pacific Ocean with Bern in their boat, The Cockatoo. She embraced swimming the Pacific almost as much as she loved fishing! Murriel is survived by her brother, Barrie Dragan, of Middleton, Nova Scotia; sister, Marie Refausse of Langley; as well as her four astounding children: Linda Dakin of Toronto, Barrie Hawley of Sydney, Australia, Allan (Heather) Hawley of Surrey and Anne (Cameron) McIntosh of Parksville. She also leaves 9 amazing grandchildren and 12 wonderful great-grandchildren. We love you, Mom/Gram, and will miss you! In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Arthritis Society, Vancouver division (604-714-555) would be welcomed. Special thanks to those who provided dedicated care to Murriel over the past few years. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 2465 Crown Street, Vancouver, B.C. at 10 a.m. Friday, October 21. Reception to follow.
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