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Darnestown Presbyterian Church for the DPC Building Fund

(please note on memo line)

mailed to Darnestown Presbyterian Church, P.O. 3070,

Gaithersburg, MD 20885


Nancy Moseley Daughtry, loving wife and mother of three, passed away at the age of 79 after a lengthy and incredibly hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. She was the daughter of Lillian Bullard Moseley and Alvin Raffield Moseley of Laurinburg, NC.


She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Col. (Ret.) Ben P. Daughtry; two daughters, Beth Norton (John) & Cathy Kogler (Tim); and son, Bryan Daughtry.   She is also survived by six grandchildren: Evelyn & Joanna Norton (Joseph Williams), Emily & Katie Kogler, and Brooke & Ben Daughtry, II. In addition, she is survived by an extensive family including nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her grandsons Nicholas and Christopher Kogler, as well as her parents and sister Anne Moseley Hardaway.


Nancy attended Peace College in Raleigh, NC graduating with an AA degree; New York State University at the Plattsburg, NY campus; and the Inter American University in San German, Puerto Rico graduating with a B.S. in Education with Summa Cum Laude honors.  In addition, she completed a Master Equivalence Program with Honors through a Montgomery County Public Schools-sponsored program.


She married the love of her life, Ben, in 1961 and they began their great life journey together. For 24 years they were an Air Force military family, which often involved moving and starting over and she holds claim to having set up a total of 15 homes! They settled in Maryland in 1974 where she became a vital part of the community and her church.  Nancy was truly a “people person”, someone who never met a stranger.  She was the ‘pied piper” of friendship, always meeting new people and collecting new friends along the way, including making everyone she met feel important. As an extremely extroverted person with a God-given gift of hospitality, she was known for bringing people together for spontaneous gatherings and for hosting friends and strangers who were “coming into town”. Many years ago she claimed Flag Day as “her“ holiday and would throw an elaborate party with a parade for old and young alike as well as lots of patriotic songs!


Nancy loved animals, especially dogs and horses, and shared this passion with her family. She enjoyed riding and watching her children develop a love for their own animals throughout their lives. She had great compassion for the elder dog population and adopted several dogs later in their lives when most people would overlook them as too old. She loved gardening, especially flowers, and her wild birds that came throughout the year brought her great joy. She loved to “porch-sit” with friends and family or just in reflection with the Lord. Her ability to “whistle” her children home at the end of a day was a famous skill long before the days of cell phones. She was adventurous and truly lived every day of her life and taught us all not to take the gift of another day for granted. She was a great motivator, encourager and supported her friends and family in the pursuit of their dreams by teaching us to never settle for less than we can be and to make the world a better place.


Nancy was a career educator, and everyone wanted to have her as their teacher! She had a talent for captivating and engaging children, making learning fun and exciting. She taught for 33 years, the majority of which were spent at Travilah Elementary School in North Potomac, MD. She also taught for 3 years at Poolesville Elementary School. She retired from teaching in 1999, but continued to substitute teach for an additional 10 years. In addition, Nancy spent numerous years leading and inspiring children in their faith journey at Darnestown Presbyterian Church. One of her great joys was running into her “children” as they grew into adulthood and how she had influenced their life through her gift of teaching.


She left us these words, “Thank you for being the BEST family and for such supportive and amazing friends. I hope you’ll be reminded of me when you see happy children, dogs and horses, gardens and porches and an iced beverage in a tall glass. I have no doubt I’ll see you all again.”



Due to COVID19 a private graveside service is planned at the Darnestown Presbyterian Church (DPC) Cemetery where she had been an active church member and leader for 46+ years.  The service will be led by the DPC Senior Pastor Rev. Neill Morgan.  When the COVID19 situation allows for safe public gatherings, a memorial and celebration of life service will be planned at the DPC newly renovated and expanded sanctuary.  To be notified of this event, please provide your contact information to the following email address: 


The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution be made to the Darnestown Presbyterian Church for the DPC Building Fund (please note on memo line), mailed to Darnestown Presbyterian Church, P.O. 3070, Gaithersburg, MD 20885.

All arrangements are being managed by Hilton’s Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD 20838.



Nancy was so welcoming when we moved into our neighborhood and always had a smile and friendly words to share. Beth and Kathy became our favorite babysitters and our kids enjoyed swimming in their pool. Nancy was truly a gracious, kind, Southern Lady who left a wonderful legacy for her family. May she Rest In Peace. She will be missed.

From: Tina Kalil

Leo and I are so sorry to learn about your beloved Nancy’s passing. The obituary was wonderful and so captures who she was. Our family lived on Colton Lane and often interacted with Nancy and her family over the years we lived there. We enjoyed the live nativity scene especially and the Halloween nights. Nancy was always so friendly and hospitable and wanted everyone to have a good time. She was a beautiful godly woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Leo and Diane Dilling

From: Leo and Diane Dilling

I’m so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She will always have a special place in my heart! I taught 3year olds at The Barnesville School and once a week, Nancy came to my class to read a special book or just tell my students a special story. She helped the children remember her name by telling them it sounded like “Mrs. Dog-in-a-tree!” She was magical! Her gentle, loving manner was a thing to behold and she taught me a lot! I’ll always think of her with love and sincere admiration! What an incredible soul!

From: Janet Hamilton

I feel extremely fortunate to be one of Mrs. Daughtry's "children." She seemed to have no end of patience and kindness. I don't ever recall a cross word from her. Somehow, that woman got the pickiest eater at Travilah to eat her homemade strawberry preserves. I still love them to this day. She was a real lady, reminiscent to me of Katharine Hepburn, in her strength, her authenticity, and her way with people, regardless of station. She taught "from the front" as great leaders do, never afraid to get her hands dirty, literally or figuratively. She carried herself with self-assurance and confidence, but with absolutely no distance. She was a warm safe place. Always right there with you, constantly making sure every one of her "children" felt included and cared for. No one was left out. As kind as she was though, there was a no-nonsense air there. You knew not to test her. But of course, any first grade teacher needs that. It's like their superpower. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this wonderful woman. The wound of her departure will heal, but like most deep wounds, a scar will remain. Let it remind you of how much you loved her and how very much you were loved in return. I will always count myself lucky to have known the bright light that was Nancy Daughtry. I think I'll make myself an iced beverage in a tall glass, go out on the porch and watch the fireflies... and bask in the glow.

From: Casey Rader

Dear Ben and family, Words cannot truly express how deeply I send my sincere condolences to an extended family who have always treated me as one of their own, especially Miss Nancy, who never failed to have a kind word and invitation to visit. Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely always, Darryl

From: R. Darryl Holland

Nancy was a friend to me and a teacher to my girls. She made a difference to all who had the great honor to know her. She will be missed.

From: Jill Worley

Dear Ben,

It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of your dear wife Nancy. My wife and I met Nancy at the Lion's club auctions and were witness to the special relationship the two of you enjoyed. We send our condolences and sympathies to you and your family. You remain in our thoughts,


Your friend,

Dick Reba

From: Dick Reba

Nancy was a great friend, encouraging and consoling. She had a lot of energy, was a great cook and enjoyed entertaining. We shared a love of nature, flowers and animals. I am saddened at her passing and will miss her companionship and her love and encouragement of my art. I will remember our lunches together with church friends and hope to continue them, remembering her. Ben is such a gentleman and warm loving person - perfect match. How wonderful to share their life and interests together.

From: Sue Moses

Dear Ben and Family, We are so very saddened to hear about Nancy's passing. She was one of the nicest people we have ever known. She treated us like family. We will miss her so very much. Please don't hesitate to call on us during this very difficult time. Love, Lynne and Family

From: Lynne Vargas and Family

Nancy had the gift of hospitality. Her “Hello” was always warm and her joy a welcoming light in the window. Prayers for deep peace and comfort for Ben the family, and all who hold Nancy dear. Ruth Sweet

From: Ruth Sweet

Such a lovely, gracious, warm and humorous human being. What a gift she was to the world. Susan Snyder Smith

From: Susan Snyder Smith

To the Daughtry family, My deepest condolences. Mrs. Daughtry was my first grade teacher at Travilah Elementary School in North Potomac, MD, and I remember her well. She was always kind to me and I remember her fondly. Our prayers are with your family. Shannon Plaut and Family

From: Shannon Plaut

Please accept our deep condolence. We feel very lucky to be in Nancy's life. She was very warm to us since we moved to Maryland and the first time we visited Darnestown Presbyterian Church in 2014. She was always so nice to our daughter, Silvia - whenever she saw Silvia, she smiled and talked to her. We hope she is now in peace after her very brave and lengthy fight. - Maki, Kelvin, and Silvia Choi

From: Maki Inoue-Choi

Ben and family- You are all in our prayers asking for comfort and peace as you mourn at Nancy’s passing She was indeed a good friend, and we will always remember the visits on the porches! Love, Dave & Mary

From: Mary & Dave McClung

She was my favorite teacher at Travilah. She was full of knowledge and loved us kids as her own. We checked in from time to time up until 2 years ago. God received a GREAT one. We love you and will miss you, til we meet again, God Bless

From: Jen Jenkins

To the Daughtry family, My deepest condolences. Mrs. Daughtry was my first grade teacher at Travilah Elementary School in North Potomac, MD, and I remember her well. She was always kind to me and I remember her fondly. Our prayers are with your family. Shannon Plaut and Family

From: Shannon Plait

We were saddened to hear the passing of Nancy - Laura had known her for many years. Started with a Pony Club and then a little white pony named Jingles! Rex loved that pony and we continued giving him Champaign on New Year's through his life. Nancy was a very special lady and will be missed but the memories and stories will continue. Our prayers, hugs and love to your entire family.

From: Dave and Laura Bivans

Dear Ben and Family, Keith and I are so saddened to hear of the loss of Nancy. She will always be remembered as gracious, beautiful and oh so welcoming. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From:  Sue and Keith Gordon

The first I knew of Nancy was that she was a favorite kindergarten teacher of my daughter. Mary used to love the stories that she told! I later got to know her at the church as a gregarious and generous long-time member who made all newcomers feel welcome. She and Ben had a household and hearts large enough for all. I will miss her dearly.

From:  Sally Belcher

 I remember your family well and the hospitable Mrs Daughtry. I’ll never forget the tremendous bonfires you had at your home at the end of Brandon Way. What a beautiful family and property. Sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. Sending my regards. God bless, Allison Dilling Bliesner.

From:  Allison Dilling Bliesner

Ben, Beth, Cathy, Bryan and family, so sorry to learn of Nancy’s death. We will all miss her. Stay safe and take care of each other.

From:  Lola Daughtry Strickland

Ben and family, I and my young daughter (now 15) will never forget your welcoming hospitality when we went to Arlington National Cemetery on January 19, 2016 for a funeral. Your love warmed us on that brutally cold day, and your hospitality especially amazed young Lizi! The tour of Arlington and the dinner at the Fort Myers Officers Club will never be forgotten. Our prayers do comfort are with you, your family, and friends as there is little doubt that Nancy spread God’s love with so many!

From:  Beacham McDougald

 To the entire family - I am so very sorry for your loss. Nancy was the most warm, kind, giving person I have ever known. The impact that she has had on my life, and the lives of so many others, cannot be adequately expressed into words. So many memories, of which I will hold on to dearly for the rest of my days. I will be forever grateful to that old Sassy cat for sparking that first meeting between us so many years ago. She will be forever in our hearts.

From: Nikki Phillips

Nancy was such a sweet lady ,she will be missed, My prayers and thoughts are with you Ben and your family.

From: kim Mills shepard

Your many kindnesses to my family and to my wife, Jeri, will always be remembered with love and gratitude.

From: Hammer W. Hough

Sending love to Ben, Beth, Cathy, Bryan and all the family. Nancy meant so much to me and my children for many, many years. We love and will miss “Nana B” very much and hold all our memories close. Susan, Emma and Fred Tolin

From: Susan Tolin

Thank you Nancy for being the kind of friend that people dream of having. Your laughter, positive spirit, amazing hospitality and true love for people will always be a part of me! You and Ben are the most giving people and your children reflect this in every way. To say you will be missed is truly an understatement. There will never be a day that I won’t smile when I think of you. Forever in my heart. ❤️

From: Dewey & Mary Lou Yeatts

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.

From: The Hilton Family

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