CASTALIA - Carrie Ayscue Daniels, 69, of Castalia, died peacefully in her home Monday morning after a short battle with cancer.
Carrie was a daughter of the late Burl and Elizabeth S. Ayscue. She was born in Vance County, and lived her whole life in Franklin County.
After graduating from Franklinton High School in 1964, Carrie worked at Burlington Mills. One night in 1965, a boy hopped into her car at Dick's Drive-In. That boy told his friend later that night, he was going to marry that girl. Two years later they were married and recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.
Family and friends were Carrie's joy. She loved her children and her grandkids even more. Nothing made her happier than the time she spent with us in the kitchen whipping up something good to eat or being outside with us. She had a sense of adventure and from our early childhood was taking us on vacations, cooking new dishes, or learning new craft hobbies.
If there was one thing Carrie loved to do, it was staying active. She farmed tobacco and hogs, kept a beautiful house, was an excellent seamstress, became a Master Gardener, and for a time taught doll making and ceramics at Vance-Granville Community College and was a Guardian ad litem advocate. She especially loved gardening and had a beautiful yard of flowers and garden full of vegetables. In recent years, Carrie became very interested in tracking the family's genealogy. She researched online and went to many courthouses and graveyards to gather information to build a quite extensive family genealogy on ancenstry.com.
Carrie loved her church family at Cedar Rock First Baptist, where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, was a member of the Women on Mission, and over the years joyfully served in many positions to meet the needs of the church. She had a special calling to decorate the sanctuary and she would pick and arrange flowers from her garden every Sunday to place on the altar.
Carrie is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, A.C. Daniels, Jr; daughter and son-in-law, Vanessa and Keith Rising of Bunn; sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Janice Daniels of Bailey; David and Tara Daniels of Rocky Mount; sisters, Patricia Beckham (Ronnie); Charlene Finch (Freddie); brothers, Hugh Grice, Joe Grice, Ed Medlin, Gar Ayscue (Judy); Bill Ayscue (Pat); 8 loving grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. prior to the funeral.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Cedar Rock First Baptist Church, 4879 NC 56 Hwy. E., Castalia, NC 27816.
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.