Maude Elisabeth Aurand McDaniel


Maude Elisabeth Aurand McDaniel, born in Wheeling, W.V.a, on Jan. 8, 1930, passed away in her daughter Ellen's home in LaVale on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
Maude Aurand was the daughter of Pastor Charles G. Aurand and Maude Fahs Aurand; with older brothers, Pastor Charles W. Aurand, Pastor John M. Aurand and James Aurand.
She graduated from Triadelphia High School, Wheeling, in 1947, and from Gettysburg College in 1951, and earned a master's in sociology from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in 1953. Had they been ordaining women at the time, Maude always said she would have sought a divinity degree to become a Lutheran minister. Maude was an exceptional singer, performing with many choirs and choruses as a lyric soprano. As a soloist in the Gettysburg College choir she sang in many venues and met her future husband, Lee, through the choir. On May 29, 1953, she married Lee A. McDaniel, who was studying at the seminary to become a Lutheran minister while she finished her sociology degree - as she said, "Marrying Lee was one of the best choices I was ever privileged to make." She worked at Doubleday Books as a proofreader for two years after their marriage until Lee graduated from seminary.
Following Lee's seminary graduation and his career as a minister called to serve various churches and counseling centers, Maude and Lee moved to Sunbury, Pa., where she began her career as a minister's wife/singer/writer, then to Bloomfield, N.J., then College Park, on to Pittsburgh, Pa., and finally to Cumberland, where they set down roots beginning in 1973. From her home on Irons Mountain Lane, Maude wrote and sang and hosted wonderful Thanksgiving get-togethers for extended family, often as many as 35 attending.
Maude sang in church choirs from age three, and in addition to the Gettysburg College choir, sang in the University of Maryland Chorus, the Pittsburgh Mendelssohn Society, and the Cumberland Choral Society, performing numerous solos with each. She gave many programs for local civic groups consisting of songs and humorous lectures, including a much requested one on "The Uses of Dust." She also played roles in local theatre, as the mother in "Amahl and the Night Visitors," the mother Abbess in "The Sound of Music," and a valkyrie in a parody of iconic fairy tales.
Maude was a prolific writer. She wrote about 500 published book reviews for the Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, Book Page, and other publications. She was also a bi-weekly columnist for the Cumberland Times-News beginning in 1979 and was published in the op-ed page of the Washington Post and several feature pages. Two book reviews were cited in the annual compilation, "Contemporary Literary Criticism." She was listed several times in "Who's Who in Media," and she was a member of the National Book Critics Circle from 1980 for about 30 years. She wrote several unpublished novels ("Michael," "The Father," "How it All Happened") and a self-published novel ("Spite the Devil").
She played an active role in her church ministries, including teaching Sunday school for over 40 years, Catechism classes, being a youth group leader, producing numerous plays, and visits to meaningful sites and guiding youth choir in some of the churches where she and Lee served.
Though she claimed not to be artistic, she fashioned papier mache creches, angels, Santas, and Chrismons; sewed cross-stitch samplers, and other creative works.
Although born and raised in an urban setting, Maude loved animals and nature and during her life she had eight dogs. She loved camping, vacations which the family began in the late 60s, travelling through New England to Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. She read constantly and loved history, conveying her love of history and reading to their children, Carol, Keith and Ellen.
Maude McDaniel was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lee A. McDaniel; by her parents and by two brothers, James and Charles.
She leaves behind daughter, Carol Adoum and her spouse, Djimé Adoum; son, Keith McDaniel and his wife, Linda Grant McDaniel; and daughter, Ellen McDaniel-Weissler and her spouse, Richard (Raz) Weissler; six beloved grandchildren, Zane and Sophia Adoum, Lianna and Adelle McDaniel, and Bracken and Alasdair Quinn McDaniel-Weissler; one brother, John Aurand; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was survived only three days by her brother-in-law, Girard Calehuff, a former resident of Bel Air and executive at Luke Paper Mill, who died Wednesday, Aug. 14 in Rochester, Minn.
Maude McDaniel's viewing/welcome of friends will be held at Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the funeral on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at St. John's Lutheran Church beginning at 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with a welcome of friends, the funeral itself to follow at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 400 Arch Street, Cumberland, MD 21502.
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