Marji McDaniel

October 18, 1952 ~ July 31, 2020 (age 67)


Marji Anne McDaniel, 67, of Lakes of the North passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020 at her home with her loved ones at her side.  She was born on October 18, 1952 in Anderson, IN, the daughter of William and June (Brown) Miller.

Marji graduated from Highland High School and went on to attend the University of Minnesota as well as Ball State University.  On June 16, 1973, she married Joe McDaniel in New Columbus, IN and shortly thereafter they moved to Elkhart, IN.  In 1976, they moved to Drayton Plains, MI and moved several times around the Detroit area over the course of the next 30+ years.  She worked as a waitress for several years before she worked as an apartment manager for over 25 years.  In 2008, they built a home together in Lakes of the North.  Marji moved there permanently in 2016 while Joe was still working, and he moved up in 2019.

Marji was a devoted mother and grandmother.  She was always having fun with the kids and taking them on trips.  Whether it was the drive-in, the zoo, a fun show, or just to the park, she always had them involved in something.  In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting, sewing, playing the piano, and an occasional trip to the casino.  She also liked to spend time with her beloved cats.

Marji is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Joe McDaniel; two children, Justin McDaniel of West Bloomfield, MI and Brianne McDaniel of Mancelona; three grandchildren, Justin McDaniel Jr. of Denver, CO, Kapri McDaniel of Louisville, KY, and Nathan McDaniel of Macomb Twp.; one great-grandchild, Quintez II; and several half-brothers and half-sisters of the Lapel, IN area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and June Miller, and several half-brothers and half-sisters.

The family will hold a memorial service at their home on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or online at

Arrangements are in the care of the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign her online guestbook at

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