Laura Dailey (Hodges)
Mrs. John Joseph Dailey, Jr.
SHREVEPORT, LA -
Mrs. John Joseph Dailey, Jr, the former Laura Trigg Hodges, went to eternal life on Sunday, October 4, 2009. Born in Cotton Valley, Louisiana on August 26, 1922, Mrs. Dailey was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jackson Hodges, Sr.
In 1924, Mrs. Dailey moved to Shreveport. A graduate of C. E. Byrd High School, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before graduating from Centenary College in 1943. After marrying Captain John Joseph Dailey, Jr, USAF, of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, they lived in State College, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Montgomery, Alabama, and Barksdale, AFB. Mrs. Dailey returned to Shreveport in 1957 when her husband was stationed in Kimpo, Korea.
Mrs. Dailey was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church for 52 years, St. Joseph's Altar Society, and the Southeastern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, attaining the rank of Lady Grand Cross of the Holy Sepulcher. In 1971, Mrs. Dailey received a papal medal bestowed by Pope Paul VI for her significant work for the church and Holy Father.
Beginning her volunteer service at the age of 16, Laura possessed a lifetime commitment to community service. At the time of her death, she was actively involved with Christus Schumpert Cancer Treatment Center having been a volunteer for the past nineteen years. Her other services included work with the Junior League of Shreveport and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. She was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity.
Mrs. Dailey was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, John Joseph Dailey, Jr; her siblings Virginia Hodges Jeter, Andrew Jackson Hodges, Jr, and Frances Hodges Smitherman; sisters-in-law Margaret Dailey Bruno and Kathleen Dailey Goldsworthy; her nephew James Robert Jeter; and her niece Virginia Jeter Wiley.
She is survived by her children, John Joseph Dailey, III of Cleveland, Ohio, Virginia Dailey Colwell and her husband William Stanley Colwell of Springfield, Virginia, Nona Marie Dailey of Shreveport, Laura Ann Dailey Edwards and her husband Christopher Alan Edwards of Lafayette, and William Hodges Dailey and his fiancée Daisy Duerson of Galveston, Texas; her beloved grandchildren Ryan William Colwell and his wife Melinda of San Diego, California, John Hodges Colwell of Los Angeles, California, Daniel Richard Colwell of Boulder, Colorado, Evan Trigg Edwards and Laura Hodges Edwards of Lafayette; sister-in-law, Mary Frances Dailey McGeehin of Scranton, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers are The Honorable Thomas Stagg, Denman Long, John Hearne, Duke Comegys, and Dr. Joseph Cush.
Visitation will be at Osborn Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm with a rosary recited at 4:30p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for the life of Laura Hodges Dailey will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. OSBORNFUNERALHOME.NET
Published in Shreveport Times from October 6 to October 8, 2009