|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1936|
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 2006|
Daisy Ann Teter Wilson was born in Denver, Colorado on 21 November 1936, the first child of Noel Teter and Leona (Dill) Teter. They chose to name their little girl after both of her grandmothers, Mary Daisy (Overby) Teter and Anna Georgia (Miller) Siegfried.
She grew up in Englewood but spent much of her time fishing and hunting in the Rocky Mountains with her family and dear family friend, Roy McKee. Loveland Pass was her favorite place. Her best friend Marlene Shaw Reynolds remembers Tony, as she was known during her teens, as a beautiful, vivacious girl with a wonderful laugh.
On 15 September 1956, Daisy married the love of her life, Burl "Bud" Wilson, in Raton, New Mexico. To this union four children were born. During the first year of their marriage, Daisy and Bud lived in Denver before moving to the Sheridan Lake, Colorado area where they lived until 1969. They moved to a farm near Hill City, Kansas 1 March 1969. Bud passed away there on 12 January 1992.
As a girl, Daisy had always wanted to marry a farmer. She loved living on their farm and having animals, particularly horses.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 29, Daisy eventually became a total quadriplegic.
To stave off MS affecting her hands, Daisy learned to knit and created beautiful sweaters for her family members.
In high school, Daisy had been very artistic, drawing and painting. Most of her subjects were horses. During the mid-1980's, at the encouragement of a caregiver, she resumed drawing, this time holding colored pencils in her mouth. She became so accomplished, she earned a scholarship from the Association of Mouth and Foot Artists of the World.
In 1993, Daisy was accompanied by her daughter and granddaughter as she fulfilled her dream of visiting Australia. Before that, she had never been on an airplane, seen an ocean or even been out of the United States. One highlight of the 3-week long trip was having a koala bear sit nose-to-nose with her on the wheelchair table. She also traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia and Atlanta, Georgia as well as various other locations within the United States.
Daisy will long be remembered for her cheerful, can-do attitude. She made the most of her life, in spite of the effects of the disease. While she was growing up, Daisy claimed she was going to live to be one hundred years old. After learning of the diagnosis, her father said, "Well, Daisy Ann, it doesn't look like you'll live to be 100." Surely fire flew from her eyes when she told him "Maybe not, but it won't be for the lack of trying!" No one could ever say she used MS as an excuse or that she failed at something because she did not try. Her spirit remained as defiant as it was on the day of her diagnosis.
Daisy Ann was Indomitable: "not easily discouraged or defeated". Someone who was easily discouraged or defeated would have given up long ago. She never gave up. She took the cards that life had dealt to her and she played them. She played them for all she was worth.
On 3 June 2006 at Hill City, Kansas, Daisy escaped from the prison into which the disease had turned her body and was reunited with her parents, husband and two granddaughters, Bonnie and Jessica Wilson. She is exalting in her freedom. And she earned it. Daisy bought and paid for that freedom with more than fifty years of her life. The disease may have won every battle, but Daisy won the war: she is finally and forever free.
Those remaining to celebrate her life are her four children, their spouses, 12 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, step-mother, two brothers and two sisters.
Chorus of "Far Side Banks of Jordan" by Terry Smith, as adapted for Daisy:
She'll be waiting on the far side banks of Jordan.
She'll be sitting drawing pictures in the sand.
And when she sees us coming, she will rise up with a shout,
And come running through the shallow waters, reaching for our hand.
Daisy's ashes were carried from the service in the arms of her youngest daughter, then given to her oldest daughter for the "last ride" to the cemetery on a Harley. At the cemetery, a bagpiper played "Waltzing Matilda".
"Who'll go a-waltzing Matilda with me?"
Daisy's family extends deep appreciation to Familykeeper for his sponsorship of this memorial.
Hill City Cemetery
Plot: Half of Daisy's ashes were buried beside her husband. The remainder will be scattered per her request.
Created by: Diehard
Record added: Jun 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14521215