Kathryn Marie Daniels
A brilliant ray of light removing darkness and lifting the sunflowers from the ground into full bloom, that is Kathryn Marie Daniels
Kathryn Marie Daniels, 70, of Los Angeles, California passed away on January 8th, 2023 due to complications of surgery after a life long battle with Lupus and Crohn's disease.
She was born August 1st, 1952 in Maysville, Kentucky to mother Callie Marie Jordan aka. Bloomfield.
She never found out who her biological father was.
Kathryn Marie Daniels is being cremated with an intimate private ceremony at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Following the cremation she will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California amongst the stars and legends of the
During her early life she lived between Kentucky and Ohio and lived with different families due to unstable childhood experiences. She was raised primarily by Ersal Bloomfield and family in Ohio.
She may have had an unstable childhood but she was strong and resilient and never let anything get her down.
In fact, that's how she lived her entire life. She was a very mentally strong and stable little girl and the same as an adult. She
loved the countryside as a young girl and developed a love for sunflowers over time. Often wearing clothing with sunflowers printed or embroidered.
As a teenager she started noticing that she had health problems but no doctor could diagnose anything like Lupus or Crohn's Disease in those days. Those early symptoms didn't stop her from enjoying herself. She loved to dance, sing and listen to music. Music and movies became
a big part of her life. She had a love affair with Hollywood and everything to do with the entertainment industry starting early on in her life.
Kathryn married twice. First to Charles Edward Arnold, and then later to Thomas Stephen Daniels. After her two marriages ended she had a long affair with what would become the love of her life, Jim McHugh, although they never married and ended up being more like best friends
towards the end of her life.
Kathryn had three children starting at an early age. First born Shawn Dewayne Arnold, Dustine Dawn Arnold, and Madonna Rae Daniels. Because of the autoimmune disease Lupus, it took her some time to recover after each childbirth. But she always bounced back and took the best care possible of her children. She never let her illnesses keep her down for long. She was her own psychologist lifting herself out of the dark after each battle with her diseases.
Kathryn worked various jobs as an adult from house cleaning to helping take care of large estates in Kentucky. She worked for prominent estate owners in both Maysville, Kentucky and Lexington, Kentucky including the historic Walnut Hill Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
She also ventured away from Kentucky and Ohio and moved to South Florida to be near her son. She also visited two of her children who moved to Los Angeles California which eventually
became her final place of residence. She worked for prominent people in Los Angeles including doctors and screenwriters and even worked for a championship bodybuilder for a short time.
Kathryn always made the most of her time on earth. She traveled Internationally mostly to the United Kingdom and to many areas inside of the United States.
Kathryn was never too serious, always radiating love in all directions everywhere she went. She was a simple woman although in ways complex. She looked straight into people’s eyes when
talking to them and made each person she talked to feel like they were the most special person in the room. She had that magical way of making everyone she touched and met feel special.
She never judged anyone before getting to know them. Never spreading gossip or talking bad about anyone unless she had the facts in place to do so. She was a forgiver and always wanted peace and happiness for everyone. She loved her children more than anything else on earth. She kept cards and letters from her children when they left home and started their own lives. No matter how far away her children were, she always had them close to her heart and stayed in contact with them regularly.
Her bond with her children was magnetic and lifelong.
She never took anything for granted and although she did like the finer things in life toward the middle and end of her life she was never materialistic. When she was asked what type of jewelry she wanted by her children she would reply, "I prefer small stones, nothing too big or
over the top". She preferred dainty jewelry over big and flashy. As she got older her taste for more elegant clothing and dresses started to reign supreme. She was more of a tomboy as a child, but as she got older she was feeling increasingly more feminine and glamorous in her
style and personality. From humble beginnings she became much more sophisticated as she got older especially after moving to Los Angeles.
Kathryn believed that all humans should be treated equally. She would give to the homeless on the streets and would be a listener for anyone who needed someone to talk to about a problem or issue. She gave honest opinions and always thought before speaking to make sure that her truth was understood. "She never met a stranger", as she would always say. Anyone with good intentions was always invited to her party.
Kathryn preferred to be called Kathie, although she had several nicknames including Poppy by her local Trader Joe's staff in Hollywood. She had very close relationships with some of her family members. Especially her sister Joann Boyd Bernard.
In her last few years she lived in a beautiful apartment in the center of Hollywood, California with every amenity possible. She loved Hollywood and she was truly living her best life in her Hollywood sanctuary. People all over the Hollywood area knew her by name or by nickname.
She may have started her life in a small Kentucky town,
but she ended it in her favorite place on earth, Hollywood, California.
Kathryn is survived by her daughter Madonna Rae Daniels and spouse Jeff Merza
Her son, Shawn Dewayne Arnold and spouse Peter Staudenmaier
Her siblings Roy Boyd, Larry Bloomfield, Naomi Boyd Lanter
Grandchildren Sierra Dawn Arnold, Alexis Rae Arnold, Jo Arnold
Many other relatives are not mentioned but equally important
Kathryn was preceded by Grandparents William and Zelda Jordan
Ersal Bloomfield who raised her
Siblings Joann Boyd Bernard, James Boyd, and William Boyd
Her Mother Callie Marie Jordan Bloomfield
Her daughter Dustine Dawn Arnold
Please make donations to:
Lupus Foundation of America https://www.lupus.org/
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/