Joan R. Washington, 54, clerk for Postal Service

November 16, 2005

Services for Joan R. Washington, a retired Postal Service clerk, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Berean Baptist Church, 3523 Hayward Ave., where she had been a member.

Mrs. Washington died Friday of injuries she suffered when a Maryland Transit Administration shuttle van in which she was riding to dialysis treatment and another vehicle collided. She was 54 and suffered from diabetes and kidney disease.

Born Joan Roslyn McDaniel in Baltimore and raised in Pimlico, she was a 1969 graduate of Northwestern High School.

She was a clerk for the Maryland State Police at its Pikesville headquarters before joining the Postal Service in 1979, where she worked in mail processing at its downtown headquarters. She retired in 2004 because of ill health.

Mrs. Washington enjoyed singing and playing bingo.

"She was a humble person, spiritual and quiet," said Janet Richardson, a cousin. "She accepted the adversity in her life with great dignity.

Family members said she suffered the loss of her 19-year-old daughter, Lori McDaniel, a Morgan State University sophomore who was studying civil engineering. Lori McDaniel was fatally shot in 1996 outside a Greenmount Avenue club.

Mrs. Washington's brother, Jerome McDaniel, an Ashburton Elementary School teacher, was killed in a 1989 robbery at Druid Hill Park.

Her husband of 14 years, Benny Washington, an electrician who worked for the city of Baltimore, died in 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Terri Elaine Hayes of Baltimore; a brother, Hilton McDaniel of Mission Viejo, Calif.; two sisters, Elaine Schley and Yolanda Gallman, both of Baltimore; and a granddaughter. Another daughter, Angela Washington, died in 1987.

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