Neva E. Daus / June 7, 1936 – Nov. 13, 2009

Published 10:24am Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Neva E. Daus, 73, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family in her home on Friday, Nov. 13, after a three-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Neva was born on June 7, 1936 in Marshall County, Ind. to Delbert and Gale (White) Kinney. Neva was preceded in death by her parents; her, husband, Larry R. Daus, on Dec. 30, 2008; and her son, Jimmy Hylman, on May 28, 1990.

Neva spent more than 22 years with her late husband, Larry. She is survived by her daughter, Lori (Dave) Williams, of Mishawaka; sons, Danny Hylman, of Mishawaka and Larry (Debbie) Daus, of Niles; 11 grandchildren, Nicholas and Shawn Ash, James Lett, Stephanie and Andrew Daus, Shawn and Amanda Echevarria, Brenden, Aaron and Danielle Clifford and Coulton Daus; six great-granddaughters, twins, Alexis and Katelyn, Arrabella, Autumn, Amaya and Samantha; five brothers, Neva’s twin, Nelson (Dorothy), of Clearwater, Fla., Jack (late, Dorothy) Kinney, of Minong, Wis., Jerry (Sophie) Kinney, of South Bend, Fred (Jean) Kinney, of Christiana, Tenn., Jimmy (Sharry) Kinney, of Walkerton, Ind.; and two sisters, Doris (Larry) Berger of Dewey, Ariz., and Jimmy’s twin Jean (John), of Hurst, Texas; brothers-in-law, Robert (JoAnn) Daus and Thomas (Sharon) Daus, both of Niles, and Timothy (Diane) Daus of Michigan City, Ind. She is also survived by many nieces’ and nephews, including a special niece, Cindy (George) Sikora, of New Carlisle, Ind.

Neva graduated from Tyner (Ind.) High School in 1954. In the early 1970s, through the encouragement and generosity of her “Big Brother” Jerry, she entered and graduated from nursing school. She primarily practiced handicapped and geriatric nursing for more than 30 years, retiring in 2005 from Brentwood Assisted living of Niles.

Mom enjoyed traveling and loved Southern Gospel music. Her favorites were the Cumberland Quartet and the Gaithers; listening to their music gave her countless hours of joy and happiness.

Mom enjoyed her coffee and a good mystery novel. She was loving to and loved greatly by all.

Family and friends may visit in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. Eighth St., Mishawaka from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. The funeral service will be on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Slate of Wesley United Methodist Church, Niles. Private entombment will follow in the Mausoleum at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Sumnerville, Mich.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Arthur Wang and Dr. John Galea and their staffs for their kindness. A special thanks to Hospice at Home for their prompt and loving care and attentions.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Pet Refuge Inc., 2300 W. Sixth St., Mishawaka, IN 46544 or the Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service Tactical Emergency Medical Team, 2100 Chicago Rd. Niles, MI 49120.

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Brown Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.

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