Helen Miller Daniels

Oct. 31, 1926 - Jan. 16, 2014

       Helen Miller Daniels, who died of pneumonia last Thursday at Southampton Hospital after a short illness, was 87 and had lived her entire life in East Hampton within a one-mile radius. An 11th-generation Bonacker, she was born to Wilbur Miller and the former Frances Lester on Oct. 31, 1926. Her family tree included Bennetts and Collums.

       Mrs. Daniels attended what is now the East Hampton Middle School, walking to and from it regardless of the weather. She remembered that when she was a girl her father arrived at school to take her and her brother home because a bad storm had begun. It turned out to be the Hurricane of 1938.

       She and Albert F. Daniels, who were both 19, were married in 1946, when he was home on leave from the Army before being sent to Europe. They were married for 56 years, until Mr. Daniels’s death in 2002.

       Mrs. Daniels worked as a bookkeeper for Hardscrabble Builders, which was owned by Ernie Dayton of East Hampton, and for the Golden Eagle in East Hampton in the 1960s and ’70s. She loved reading and went through several books each week. She also enjoyed baking and made birthday cakes for members of the family until she was 85, when she announced it was time to retire. Nevertheless, she always had cookies and brownies ready for visits from her great-grandchildren.

       In addition to the three great-grandchildren, she is survived by a son, Albert F. Daniels Jr. of Sag Harbor, and by two grandchildren.

       She was buried on Monday in the Lester family’s Round Swamp Cemetery on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, just steps away from the house in which she was born. Memorial donations have been suggested for East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978, or the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937.