Remembering Madalene Daniell

In 2009, Madalene Daniell was presented the Forrest General Hospital Heathcare Award for her energy, enthusiasm and passion for life and helping others, and her years of dedication and service, improving the health and well-being of moms-to-be and new moms. Pictured with her is Forrest Health Vice President Millie Swan.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (August 6, 2021) Forrest General Hospital staff was saddened to learn of the death of Madalene Daniell, who for the past 44 years had overseen Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit of Women “Fitness for Two” classes. Daniell passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021.

Daniell, who also worked with her family business, Daniell Motors, was instrumental in the “Fitness for Two” program which was introduced 44 years ago. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Arts and planning to work at William Carey University as an educator, found herself facing the unfamiliar challenges of motherhood. In a story from 2018, Daniell was quoted, “While teaching one day, this still small voice that can only come from the Lord said, ‘What do women do when they don’t know what to do?’” Well, Daniell helped hundreds of women and their families across the Pine Belt know what to do.

Forrest Health Vice President Millie Swan understands the impact Daniell made in our community. “I am so deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Madalene Daniell,” she said. “Words cannot truly express what Madalene meant to our Women and Children’s Services. I found an email dating back to January 2018 where Madalene was thanking us for celebrating her 40 years of teaching “Fitness for Two” classes. For the past 44 years, she touched so many lives. I can see her vivacious smile and hear her laughing now as I said to her many times, ‘I want to clone you. What would we do without you teaching these programs?’ She had such a gift that gave way beyond what she even realized. Madalene, thank you for sharing your gift with us. You were loved by so many and will never be forgotten.”

 

Madalene understood the highs and lows of life. “We do experience joys together, but the network of relationships gives us long-time commitments to walk through life together,” she said. “We love it when it’s all joy, but we also rejoice that we have each other when it’s tough things that life brings.” It’s times like these when Daniell’s wisdom and legacy, along with the relationships she cultivated and memories she created, will help carry us through.

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