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Ms. Ilie Daniels , née Labat (Deceased)




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Obituary submitted by Cindy P. Landry | Micro Information Systems Specialist 1
University of Louisiana at Lafayette | Advancement Services
(337) 482-0928 | cpl1999@louisiana.edu
and posted by Dr. Ed Dugas, June 26, 2018.

llie Labat Daniels passed away on Friday, the 15th of December 2017. She was 91 years of age. Allie was born to Hillman and Adele Labat on the 16th of March 1926, in Raceland, Louisiana. She was the seventh of eight brothers and sisters, she had many jobs as a child, primarily in her family’s many businesses, but her most important endeavor was helping to raise her baby brother, Stanley.
Allie graduated Valedictorian of her Raceland High School class of 1942, and was awarded an academic/sports scholarship to Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). While playing baseball for SLI , she was scouted and later signed with the American Association of Women Baseball Players, as depicted in the movie “A League of Their Own.”
Allie played second base for the Racine Belles, but suffered a career-ending injury in a preseason game. Her name is inscribed on a plaque acknowledging the First Class of The Professional Women’s League during WWII in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Allie returned to college and graduated Valedictorian in the Masters Program of the Executive Secretarial School at SLI in 1946. She was offered a job in Houston to be one of two Executive Secretaries to the President of Humble Oil, now known as Exxon Mobil.
In 1947, she was introduced to her future husband, Holt Daniels, on a blind date. Two weeks later they were engaged and later married in 1948. After giving birth to her three children in the fifties, she returned to work as Executive Secretary to the head of Dresser Atlas industries. She remained there until her retirement in 1986.
Allie was involved in many community and charity organizations during her life time and in her “spare time” got her LVN and volunteered at the Blalock Nursing Home for many years. She also worked tirelessly for the March of Dimes and Easter Seals. She also enjoyed her work with her church St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church and the senior ministries of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
Allie’s favorite activities included ballroom dancing, bowling with her husband, gambling trips with her church groups, and playing cards with her friends and family. She had the reputation of never losing, even if it meant bending the rules a little.
Allie was preceded in death by her husband, Holt who coincidentally passed away on the 15th December, the same day 44 years ago. She was also preceded by her parents, Hillman and Adele Labat and all of her siblings.
She is survived by her three children. Dr. Mark Daniels, Sandra Conzett, and Nancy Ingraham; her five grandchildren, Dr. Tony Daniels, Michelle Daniels Olson, Kevin Conzett, Matthew Trinklein and Anna Ingraham.
During her life, Allie wore many hats: “Red Hat Lady,” Graduate cap, Baseball cap, wife, mother, and grandmother (Maw Maw) hats. Our mom loved to laugh and to make people laugh — known as quite the prankster. She was one do the most selfless people on the planet. Her whole life was devoted to her husband, her children and her grandchildren. She would literally give the shirt off her back to a perfect stranger. But today is her day; the day she wears the hat proclaiming Jesus Christ as her Lord of Savior. She is finally HOME. May she Rest In Peace.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until seven o’clock in the evening on Thursday, the 21st of December, in the Jasek Chapel, where recitation of the Holy Rosary is to commence at half-past five o’clock.
A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at half-past ten o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 22nd of December, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail in Houston.
The Rite of Committal will immediately follow, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.