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Former Eustis Resident: Mary L. Danfield, Age 80

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Mary L. Danfield, Age 80

Mary L. Danfield

Mary Louise Danfield, formerly of Eustis, passed from this life on July 18th, in Hilo, HI, after a lengthy illness and hospitalization.

Mary Lou was born on October 15th, 1940, to Valentine “Buck” and Irene (Radke) Danfield, in Grand Island, NE, the oldest of six children. At age three the family moved from Cambridge to Eustis where she attended early years of schooling in a small country school south of town, and completed the remaining grades at Eustis Public School when she was a member of the graduating class of 1958. Mary Lou went on to further education at St. Catherine’s School of Nursing in Omaha, graduating with a registered nursing degree.

Mary Lou married Dr. A. Scott Miles in 1963, and shortly after moved to Hawaii where they worked in their respective capacities caring for the local community. The couple sometimes ran a clinic at The Painted Church of Kalapana, or “Star of the Sea.” Several of the nurses caring for her during her last days were those she had trained 30 years prior.

In addition to a long career of caring for people at Life Care Center Hilo, Mary Lou always attended to animals. She loved them from childhood, keeping many pets as companions throughout her life, often caring for wounded strays and providing them a forever home with her. Mary Lou also loved NPR and classical music, gardening and had an appreciation for fine arts.

Mary Lou was predeceased by her parents, aunts and uncles, daughter Angela Miles Houston, grandsons Devon Miles and Andrew Miles, great grandson Devon Miles, Jr., and brothers-in-law Gene Embrey and Ron Travis. She is survived by a daughter Rebecca Miles of Kapaho, HI, granddaughter Jessica Houston of Anchorage, AL, granddaughter Lehia O’Connor and her family of Henderson, NV, sisters Marjorie Travis of Omaha, Valjean Embrey of Yutan, Betty Werth of Herman, Romona Lillich of Atwood, KS, and brother Ron Danfield and his wife Polly of Mission Viejo, CA, aunt Rosemary Kowalski of Loup City, dear neighbor and friend Wally Becklund, as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials will be directed for continuing care for her beloved dogs, and can be sent to P.O. Box 127, Herman, NE 68029.