In memory of Prs. H. Johnice Daniel
who passed to Spirit Sphere on August 26, 2015
Submitted by: Deborah Merwin
Twenty-five years ago Johnice Daniel and I were brought together by our shared interest and dedication to the Goddess and Native American Indian traditions. We were close friends who, over the years, became the sacred witness for each other as we experienced the highs and lows of our individual lives.
I have many good memories of Johnice. I remember her as a brilliant, creative, strong-willed and very opinionated woman. She was the proud mother of her beloved son Jason and a loving mom to her numerous animal children. She was a gifted teacher and story-teller with a quick wit and dry sense of humor. I was always impressed by her amazing ability to memorize just about everything she had ever researched, regardless of the topic, which made her a walking encyclopedia (or human google search) of information.
Before Johnice started suffering from her chronic health challenges, she was active in the local spiritual community as a psychic counselor, public speaker, animal rescuer, and FOI Priestess Hierophant. She was a Lakota-Cherokee woman who became a political activist for American Indian rights wherever she lived. She was also an artist and writer. She believed in holistic healing methods but was also open to conventional medicine when necessary. As her illness progressed Johnice was relentless in her quest to become healthy again, even resorting to relocating her family several times in recent years, always hoping to find a solution for what troubled her.
The photos I am sharing of Johnice (to come) are a few glimpses of her connection to the FOI. She admired Lady Olivia very much and was grateful for the occasional opportunity to spend quality time with her whenever Olivia visited the USA. Johnice was an experienced ritualist who loved participating in the FOI liturgy. Ceremony was very important to her so it will be my privilege to conduct a private FOI Dulce Domum rite for her on Sunday Sept 13, 2015 at 7pm. Local FOI members who would like to participate can contact me. Anyone else who would like to honor this FOI Priestess are invited to be in attunement during the rite or can offer kind thoughts for her in whatever manner feels appropriate.
*Her official public obituary~
Johnice Louise Daniel
December 1, 1950 - August 26, 2015
Johnice Louise Daniel, a Baton Rouge native and resident of Scottsville, KY passed away at The Medical Center at Bowling Green, KY on August 26, 2015 after battling chronic illness. Johnice was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and studied Fine Arts at LSU prior to beginning a career as a television news producer. Johnice returned to an arts career creating leather goods and jewelry before moving on to teaching herbology, naturopathy and Native American traditions. She was preceded in death by her father, John L. Daniel, Sr. Johnice is survived by: her son, Jason Bargas of New Orleans; her mother, Josie Daniel; her brother, John L. Daniel, Jr., his wife Debbie - all of Baton Rouge; their children, Melissa Daniel of Birmingham, AL and John L. “Trey” Daniel, III of Dallas, his wife Meredith and their daughter Sabrina Claire.
Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East 11000 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA from 10 - 11 AM on Friday, September
4th. A private family burial will be held at later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Joseph’s Academy and Lupus Foundation of America
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