Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Ms. Daisy McAlister Fowler, age 78 of Watkinsville, Georgia, who passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Georgia. Ms. Daisy, as she was known, was born in Charleston, South Carolina to the late James Harold McAlister Sr. and the late Mrs. Martha Waldrop McAlister. Ms. Fowler’s father worked as a civilian on the navy base in Charleston. As a baby, she lived on mission street, next to Mission Church. The old time gospel hymns could be heard through out their home on any given day. About the age of six, they relocated to Griffin, Georgia, and then to Warren Robins. There, her father worked on the United States Air Force Base as a civilian worker. This contributed to her passion for civic organizations, as she participated in the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet with the USAF, and with the USO hospitality for the military family members, to lift their sprits. She was president of the Jayceetes chamber also in Warner Robins. She loved journalism, and she would often get her news reports riding with her father, who was part of the auxiliary police. She married and had two children. While both her children were under the age of three, they moved to the north Georgia Mountains, where she had many memorable years. She was a very diverse and avid reader. She would often get books on canning and gardening to help her with her new life on the family farm where she worked with diligence. She would often have both children on her hips until one of her neighbors warned her she would not see her children grow old if she didn’t stop. Her feet were blue from the cold and she would be crying and laughing at the same time. Once she was by herself and the cows got out. It was the last time she worked on the farm by herself.
After her children started school, she worked for the small town newspaper and later the Emergency Food and Medical services. She also owned a dress shop called the Daisy Shop. Whatever job she held, she always preferred serving the community. She served with the Department of Family and Children Services as a community worker. She would often pray for Her Clients that those ladies would get rewarded in Heaven for their kindness. The women gave her inspiration and compassion. She told them, when she was older, she would remember what they taught her. She would always remember their wisdom, compassion and eagerness to share the fresh cooked greens, sweet potatoes and warmth by the fire. Ms. Fowler taught Sunday School at an old country Church under a tree. The stories of the Appalachians never left her heart. One of her favorite saying was two steps forward and one step back.is progress One of her favorite scriptures s Romans 5:3-4 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope”. She would say through our experience we made it through and this gives us hope so we can do it again.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn R Fowler; son, James Earl Bennett Jr. and brother James Harold McAlister Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Darlene Elizabeth Bennett of Watkinsville, grandchildren, James Daniel Bennett (Nicole) of Weston, Florida, Meghan Elizabeth McNerney (Chris) of Yelm, Washington; sister, Mary Caroline Herrell and husband Max of Athens; and many nieces and nephews and cousins also survive.
A service celebrating the life of Ms. Fowler will be held on a later date.
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