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Obituaries

December 13, 2012

Irval Leona Van Hoosier Danilow

FORT WORTH – Irval Leona Van Hoosier Danilow, 102 and six months, died at 10:48 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

Service is 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Greenwood Chapel. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Anthony Aldridge, Bill Van Hoosier, Brett Van Hoosier, Bill Franz, Jacob Caffee and John White.

She lived a full life which blessed every soul she ever met. She is now home with her Lord Christ.

Born at home in Weatherford to Parker and Tarrant county pioneers Alice and Lemuel Van Hoosier on June 10, 1910, she was raised on the family farm in Garner. Irval’s maternal great-grandfather, Alfonso Freeman, in 1849 was a trusted dragoon under the command of Col. Ripley Arnold. He was charged with procuring wood for the fort and its flagpole and helped raise the first flag at Fort Worth.

Irval was voted most beautiful at Weatherford High School and attended Weatherford College. She taught in Garner before moving to South America. Upon returning to Weatherford, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. It is believed Irval was the oldest living WAVE in the United States today. Because of her beauty, in World War II, her image was used on Navy recruitment posters.

Stationed in several ports, Irval met and married also enlisted Stanton Byron Danilow in 1943 in Norman, Okla. They returned to Texas before the birth of Deborah in Mineral Wells in 1947.

Irval was devoted to her family and her loved ones, selflessly giving of herself in every possible situation. Irval retired from J.C. Penney Company in 1975 and went back to work teaching pre-school children using her talent to develop the young souls of the children she knew and loved. She worked for many years as a devoted founding member of the Kinderplatz team.

She traveled all over the world in her lifetime and was an active and enthusiastic participant in life until her passing this year. She is beloved by many and will be sorely missed.

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