by Marian Crumdy | The Wilmington Journal
Family and friends from many parts of the country gathered at Town Hall, April 16, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the 101st birthday of Mrs. Gertrude Mitchell Daniels.
On April 13, 1804, God gave Rev. Schofield and Suzie Mitchell the gift of a baby, Gertrude. She was the twelfth of thirteen children. Her father was a farmer and a preacher, pastoring part-time at what is currently St. Andrew AME Zion Church.
Gertrude attended school in Freeman, North Carolina. She continued her education in Wilmington and upon graduating, enrolled in Teacher’s Summer School, Vineland, North Carolina and received a teaching certificate.
She taught in Bladen County at East Arcadia. Gertrude met John Daniels and became his bride in 1925. After moving to Wilmington, they both joined St. Andrew AME Zion Church. John and Gertrude provided a loving home for daughter Alma and granddaughter Jacqui.Twenty-seven years later, they were blessed with another daughter, Johnsie. Gertrude discovered her talent for arranging flowers and opened Daniels Flower Shop. She impacted the lives of the community and businesses through her flowers. She donated altar flowers at church every first Sunday in remembrance of John Daniels until she retired. Not only a talented florist, she was also a talented seamstress. After 26 years in the floral business, she retired at the age of 90. She is the last living child of Schofield and Suzie Mitchell. She remains a member of St. Andrew AME Zion Church.
Greetings were given by Mrs. Amelia Bridges with prayer by Rev. Aaron Moore. Salutations were given from St. Andrew AME Zion Church by Mrs. Barbara Richburg, City of Wilmington by Mrs. Sheryl Payne, the floral industry by Mr. Lawrence Epps and funeral industry by Mrs. Allene Drain.
During dinner, a slide presentation designed by Mr. and Mrs. Windell Butler was presented. Mrs. Posey Johnson recited a poem called “Ode to a Centenarian” which she wrote in honor of Mrs. Daniels.
Salutations on behalf of the family were given by Tamika Davis Bierlein, granddaughter, and remarks were ade by daughter Jacqui Brown and Johnsie Davis.
The family of Mrs. Daniels would like to thank all who assisted with catering, hosting, and planning as well as everyone who was present to celebrate 101 years of a life filled with love, joy and happiness.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GERTRUDE!!