By Joe Bruno
Verona Daniels Danieley, 87, passed away Friday at Moses Cone Hospital after a brief illness.
Verona was the wife of president emeritus Dr. James Earl Danieley and will be remembered as being an enduring and prominent presence in Elon.
For Verona, life at Elon began in 1940 after being awarded a partial scholarship to attend school. After completing a secretarial course, she was hired as former President Leon Smith’s Secretary and drew attention from a recently hired faculty member- James Earl Danieley.
Verona and James Earl married in 1948. Shortly after, they moved to Chapel Hill, where she served as secretary to UNC’s business manager of athletics while James pursued his doctorate.
In 1953 she returned to Elon and was inducted First Lady in 1957 when her husband became the sixth president of Elon College.
Verona has been recognized for providing leadership based service to organizations including the Elon Community Church and the southern conference of the United Church of Christ.
To recognize her dedication to Elon University, the board of trustees unanimously voted in 2004 to name a lake on East Campus, “Lake Verona.”
She is survived by her husband, president emeritus James Earl Danieley; her three children and their spouses, and seven grandchildren.
“Whenever I have the opportunity, I always say what a difference Elon has made in my life,” Verona Danieley once wrote of the university’s importance to her family. “Elon has been good to us, and we hope we have been good for Elon.”
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, June 27, at the Elon Community Church, with burial immediately following at Magnolia Cemetery in Elon. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lowe Funeral Home, 2205 South Church St., Burlington, N.C.
Sympathy cards to the Danieley family can be mailed to Elon University, c/o Office of the President, 2185 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244.