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Doris Swan O'Daniel.
Doris Swan O’Daniel.

Doris Swan O’Daniel, 85, a long-term resident of Dosher Nursing Center, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at Dosher Nursing Center.

Mrs. O’Daniel was born June 9, 1930 in Brunswick County, the daughter of the late Charles Henry Swan and Ella Lee Russ Swan. She was the first baby born at J. Arthur Dosher Hospital in June 1930. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Marie Swan Royal and Janice Holden.

Doris was known for her sense of style and fun, and was considered by many to be a true southern belle. She was the first Live Oak Festival Queen. This festival later became known as the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival.

During Doris’ early career, she worked at Dosher Hospital. In the 1960s she and her husband John D. O’Daniel moved to Panama. Doris returned to Southport in 1973 and subsequently attended floral design school in Florida. Additionally, her career included working at the Brunswick County Tax Department, and the N.C. Department of Transportation in the N.C. Ferry System.

Surviving are two nephews, Michael Royal (Kim) of Austin, Texas, and Dean Holden of Southport; and a niece Annelle Royal (Angie) of Southport.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 in the Peacock-Newnam and White Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Charles A. Drew officiating. Burial will follow in the Northwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock-Newnam and White.

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