H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Aug 14, 2011 8:34 PM by Mike Handler (DL)

Friends, family remember the life of Donna McDaniel

People gathered in San Luis Obispo Sunday to honor the life of Donna McDaniel, one of the first female officers to work at the California Men's Colony.

Sunday's memorial service at Cuesta Park included a 21-gun salute. McDaniel raised four kids on her own, working days and nights. She paved the way for many women trying to work in corrections. During her 35 years at CMC she was known for always helping others in need, and she was often a big part of fundraisers at work. McDaniel's daughter worked with her nearly every day.

"My mother was a strong-willed person, very honoring, cantankerous, but the most biggest heart you would find in anybody," said Jeanie Spears. "She loved everybody, she gave everyone a hard time, but she would do anything for anybody, she loved everybody."

Donna McDaniel was 76 years old.

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