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MERTHA LEE DANIELS

Kansas City, Kansas

January 1, 1949 - May 16, 2024

MERTHA LEE DANIELS Obituary

Mertha Blackmon Daniels, also affectionately known as “Mama”, “Maw Maw”, or “Grandma Ma” was born on January 1st, 1949, in Morrilton, Arkansas to Elliot and Althaline Hammond Blackmon. She was the eleventh of twelve children born to this union. In 1953 the Blackmon family moved to the Kansas City metropolitan area, to enhance their way of life from being in the south. Mertha began her early childhood education at a preschool provided by a friend of the family, Mrs. Irene Loney, of Kansas City, Kansas. At the age of Eight, Mertha accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and was baptized by the Dr. I. H. Henderson Sr. Pastor of the Eight Street Baptist Church. Where she actively participated in Sunday School, Baptist training union, youth choirs and the Girls softball team. The softball team was coached by her late brother Phinas Blackmon, at which the team won several City-Wide Championships, which two of the three Mertha participated in.

Mertha received her kindergarten through high school education in Kansas City, Kansas Public School District, where at this time schools were segregated. She attended Douglass Elementary, Northeast Junior High and Sumner High school. Mertha was an Alumna of the Sumner Choir and Girls Glee Club. She also participated in the School District City-Wide music competitions in her sophomore through senior year. Mertha was an Honor student in the Kansas City, Public school, she was also inducted into the National Honor society, senior year at Sumner high school, where she graduated in 1967. At this time, Mertha also exuded outstanding leadership skills in the youth mission’s ministry, in which she was elected as the Kaw Valley District Youth Misson President.

Mertha attended the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District during a segregated time. Mertha was a student at Sumner High School. After Graduating High School Mertha commenced her higher education journey and earned her Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, from Kansas City Kansas Community College. 

Mertha was united in Holy matrimony with Joseph A. Daniels on December 20th, 1975. Together they had four children. Deirdre Elayne, Arza, Lamont and Valda. God, Faith, Family and Love were of great importance to both Mertha and Joseph. In addition to the established family came three grandchildren. Joshua, Isaiah and Makayla Daniels, whom they provided care and nurtured for, well into their adult lives. Metrha And Joeseph created a family cleaning business, named after them JIM’s (for Joshua, Isaiah, and Makayla) Gems Cleaning services.

Mertha worked and served in the Communications field for Southwestern Bell, which now is known as AT&T. She was employed for over 20 years as a Teller in the Kansas City Business Office and 10 Years in ATT Communications Control office in Kansas City, Mo. Mertha retired with 30 years of service.

In 1996, Mertha and her family joined the Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. Where she was a devoted member, served on the Deaconess board and served on the New Members Counselors. She enjoyed teaching Vacation Bible School and interacting with the Youth ministry being a mentor within the church. 

In 2007 Mertha attended University of St. Mary’s, where she graduated and obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009. In 2015 Mertha went back to receive her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology.

Mertha was a part of the family gospel group, known as the “Christianos Ministries” which was formed by her sisters and brothers and Rev. Kenneth Hammond. The Family ensemble ministered and traveled all around the Kansas City Metropolitan area and statewide around and throughout Arkansas.   

The Daniels family united in Christian fellowship with the Oak Ride Missionary Baptist Church of Kansas City, Ks in 1996. Mertha and late husband Deacon Joseph were devoted members of the Oak Ridge Family. Both Mertha and Joseph served devotedly on the Deacon and

Deaconess board. Mertha also served on the Grief Ministry, and she served as a New Members Counselor. Mertha enjoyed attending Sunday school, teaching vacation bible school and serving in the youth ministry department. 

Mertha enjoyed cooking and shopping, one of her greatest joys were preparing seasonal meals for the family. The menu consisted of meatloaf, cabbage, greens, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and iced tea. Called the “Mert Meal” which has been known all through the South to the Midwest. She was also known for baking her famous Sweet Potato Pies, and Peach Cobbler.

Mertha transitioned to her eternal resting place on May 16, 2024. She was proceeded in death by late husband Deacon Joseph A. Daniels: Her mother Althaline Hammonds Blackmon, Elliott Blackmon: Three brothers, Rev. Quinton Blackmon (Hazel); Rev. Harold Blackmon (Irma); Deacon Phinas Blackmon. One sister, Sadie B. Cole; 2 nieces Beth Cole-Young and Kimberly Blackmon. Two Sister in laws Mildred Ruff (Lonnie), Jacque Blackmon. Two brother in-laws Dorsey Daniels Jr. (Lee Alice) And James Daniels. Three Extended grandsons, Zachary Covington, Andre Williams and Lionel Womack. There are many who will greatly cherish her memory including her Children: Deirdre (Kansas City), Arza, Lamont and Valda (Kansas City). Grandchildren: Joshua Daniels (Las Vegas, NV), Isaiah L. Daniels Sr. (Houston, Tx), Makayla Daniels-Bradley (Kansas City) Gabriel T. Daniels (Kansas City). Tony Crockett, (Kansas City), Marlon Crockett (Kansas City), Darah Daniels (Phoenix, Az). Siblings: Prentice Blackmon (Kansas City), Johnique Love (Beltsville, Md), Earl Blackmon (Upland, CA) and Rev. Janice Blackmon (Kansas City).Extended Grandsons Dominic Kennedy (Cassandra) (Phoenix, Az), Joshua Hatchett Sr. (Kansas City) and Dewayne Smith Jr. (Veronica) (Kansas City). 25 Great Grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.  

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Mertha Blackmon Daniels, also affectionately known as “Mama”, “Maw Maw”, or “Grandma Ma” was born on January 1st, 1949, in Morrilton, Arkansas to Elliot and Althaline Hammond Blackmon. She was the eleventh of twelve children born to this union. In 1953 the Blackmon family moved to the Kansas City metropolitan area, to enhance their way of life from being in the south. Mertha began her early childhood education at a preschool provided by a friend of the family, Mrs. Irene Loney, of Kansas City, Kansas. At the age of Eight, Mertha accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and was baptized by the Dr. I. H. Henderson Sr. Pastor of the Eight Street Baptist Church. Where she actively participated in Sunday School, Baptist training union, youth choirs and the Girls softball team. The softball team was coached by her late brother Phinas Blackmon, at which the team won several City-Wide Championships, which two of the three Mertha participated in.

Mertha received her kindergarten through high school education in Kansas City, Kansas Public School District, where at this time schools were segregated. She attended Douglass Elementary, Northeast Junior High and Sumner High school. Mertha was an Alumna of the Sumner Choir and Girls Glee Club. She also participated in the School District City-Wide music competitions in her sophomore through senior year. Mertha was an Honor student in the Kansas City, Public school, she was also inducted into the National Honor society, senior year at Sumner high school, where she graduated in 1967. At this time, Mertha also exuded outstanding leadership skills in the youth mission’s ministry, in which she was elected as the Kaw Valley District Youth Misson President.

Mertha attended the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District during a segregated time. Mertha was a student at Sumner High School. After Graduating High School Mertha commenced her higher education journey and earned her Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, from Kansas City Kansas Community College. 

Mertha was united in Holy matrimony with Joseph A. Daniels on December 20th, 1975. Together they had four children. Deirdre Elayne, Arza, Lamont and Valda. God, Faith, Family and Love were of great importance to both Mertha and Joseph. In addition to the established family came three grandchildren. Joshua, Isaiah and Makayla Daniels, whom they provided care and nurtured for, well into their adult lives. Metrha And Joeseph created a family cleaning business, named after them JIM’s (for Joshua, Isaiah, and Makayla) Gems Cleaning services.

Mertha worked and served in the Communications field for Southwestern Bell, which now is known as AT&T. She was employed for over 20 years as a Teller in the Kansas City Business Office and 10 Years in ATT Communications Control office in Kansas City, Mo. Mertha retired with 30 years of service.

In 1996, Mertha and her family joined the Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. Where she was a devoted member, served on the Deaconess board and served on the New Members Counselors. She enjoyed teaching Vacation Bible School and interacting with the Youth ministry being a mentor within the church. 

In 2007 Mertha attended University of St. Mary’s, where she graduated and obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009. In 2015 Mertha went back to receive her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology.

Mertha was a part of the family gospel group, known as the “Christianos Ministries” which was formed by her sisters and brothers and Rev. Kenneth Hammond. The Family ensemble ministered and traveled all around the Kansas City Metropolitan area and statewide around and throughout Arkansas.   

The Daniels family united in Christian fellowship with the Oak Ride Missionary Baptist Church of Kansas City, Ks in 1996. Mertha and late husband Deacon Joseph were devoted members of the Oak Ridge Family. Both Mertha and Joseph served devotedly on the Deacon and

Deaconess board. Mertha also served on the Grief Ministry, and she served as a New Members Counselor. Mertha enjoyed attending Sunday school, teaching vacation bible school and serving in the youth ministry department. 

Mertha enjoyed cooking and shopping, one of her greatest joys were preparing seasonal meals for the family. The menu consisted of meatloaf, cabbage, greens, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and iced tea. Called the “Mert Meal” which has been known all through the South to the Midwest. She was also known for baking her famous Sweet Potato Pies, and Peach Cobbler.

Mertha transitioned to her eternal resting place on May 16, 2024. She was proceeded in death by late husband Deacon Joseph A. Daniels: Her mother Althaline Hammonds Blackmon, Elliott Blackmon: Three brothers, Rev. Quinton Blackmon (Hazel); Rev. Harold Blackmon (Irma); Deacon Phinas Blackmon. One sister, Sadie B. Cole; 2 nieces Beth Cole-Young and Kimberly Blackmon. Two Sister in laws Mildred Ruff (Lonnie), Jacque Blackmon. Two brother in-laws Dorsey Daniels Jr. (Lee Alice) And James Daniels. Three Extended grandsons, Zachary Covington, Andre Williams and Lionel Womack. There are many who will greatly cherish her memory including her Children: Deirdre (Kansas City), Arza, Lamont and Valda (Kansas City). Grandchildren: Joshua Daniels (Las Vegas, NV), Isaiah L. Daniels Sr. (Houston, Tx), Makayla Daniels-Bradley (Kansas City) Gabriel T. Daniels (Kansas City). Tony Crockett, (Kansas City), Marlon Crockett (Kansas City), Darah Daniels (Phoenix, Az). Siblings: Prentice Blackmon (Kansas City), Johnique Love (Beltsville, Md), Earl Blackmon (Upland, CA) and Rev. Janice Blackmon (Kansas City).Extended Grandsons Dominic Kennedy (Cassandra) (Phoenix, Az), Joshua Hatchett Sr. (Kansas City) and Dewayne Smith Jr. (Veronica) (Kansas City). 25 Great Grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.  

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