Barbara Ann Daly
Surrounded by her family in laughter and prayer, Barbara Ann Daly, returned to her heavenly home… to her mother and father (Mary Jane and Larry Charles Vetter) and her sisters (Theresa and Janet) on August 3, 2020.
Barbara was born, July 13, 1943, and raised in Covington and Park Hills; her daddy Larry owned a family corner bar and she recalled the grown ups had a beer in the front while the kids drank cokes and listened to the juke box in the back. She lost her dad at 12 and was raised with 6 kids by her mom, an IRS auditor. She was an exceptional student and writer, loved to sing and play piano. She married her childhood sweetheart Kenneth Daly, August 13, 1960.
The family moved to Independence and Barbara started working for Kenton County as a school bus driver and later as a cafeteria manager at both Ryland and Beechgrove Elementary schools. She was known and loved by all of the children in her schools. They had fond memories of mom always smiling and welcoming them as they came in. As well, mom made sure underprivileged children had a warm meal and milk every day.
She was active at St. Patricks’s parish in CCD and the choir and looked for any opportunity to work with children all while raising her own busy family, with four children.
Barbara’s later years found her to be a vicious Scrabble and Yahtzee player and the entire family remembers bloody card games where she annihilated all contestants. She loved to travel and enjoyed cross-country car trips around the United States and a big adventure in Italy.
As her health waned, she turned to her life-long-love of reading (any mystery book), computer games and competitive Bingo. She loved her farm, the visits from her hummingbirds and her vast collection of feral cats.
As a long-time member of St. Patrick’s church, she found courage and strength in the mother-Mary and her Catholic faith.
Her family is eternally grateful for having been raised by a mother who always put her family first. They know they owe her their work ethic, their sense of humor and their ability to love others.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Kenneth Daly, her adoring children, Jacqueline Daly Hoofring, Cynthia Daly, Keith Daly, Sheila Fejeran and her brothers, Johnny, Chuck and Joe Vetter. Her grandchildren all remember her for her “school pizzas”, cafeteria cheese, midnight milk shakes, candy, video games and scary movies: Sarah Hoofring, Zach Hoofring, Garrett Green, Jordan Green, Nathan Daly, Nina Daly and Jeffrey Daly. Her great-grandchildren Siena, Corvin and Jackson wish they had met her when she was still riding roller coasters and popping corn for drive-in movies.
If you’d prefer a donation to honor mom in lieu of flowers, please donate to Mom’s favorite charity: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patricks Church, 3285 Mills Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015 on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11 a.m. with Visitation held prior starting at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens following Mass. Floral Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Daly family.
Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, masks must be worn, hand sanitizing prior to entry to church and proper social distancing guide lines adhered to.
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