Niola N. Daily

Posted 1/18/21

Niola N. Daily

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Niola N. Daily


BLOOMINGTON – Niola N. Daily, 95, of Bloomington, passed away at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021, at Martin Health Center, in Bloomington.

Her memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021, at First Christian Church of Bloomington with the Rev. Jim Warren and Hawkins Williams officiating. Those in attendance are asked to follow proper social- distancing and mask practices. Inurnment will be in Pleasant Cemetery, in Kenney, Ill. A future celebration of life will be held on what would have been her 96th birthday on June 19, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Bloomington, Home Sweet Home Missions, or Midwest Food Bank.

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Niola was born in Kenney on June 20, 1925, the third daughter to Elmo and Lida (Brelsfoard) Thompson. She grew up in Kenney and was surrounded by her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In 1943, she graduated from Kenney High School. She married William Daily on March 18, 1946, the same day as her grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary and her parents’ anniversary.

In 1947, she and her husband moved to rural Danvers to farm; later in the late 1970s, they moved to a farm near Lake Bloomington. Then, in 2006, they moved to Bloomington.

She was an active member of the Stanford Christian Church and later First Christian Church of Bloomington. Niola was a life member of BroMenn Hospital Service Auxiliary.  She volunteered in the lab, which turned into a part-time job. She worked there for 20-plus years before retiring in 1999 at the age of 75.

Niola enjoyed traveling in the United States, as well as Puerto Rico, the British Isles and Europe.

Surviving is her daughter, Jean Daily, of Danvers, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007 and by her daughter, DiAnn Daily, in 2016.

Niola was known for wearing hats and her sense of humor. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Online condolences and memories of Niola may be left for her family at