Mother Mattie Ruth Daniels was born January 27, 1926, to Lezime and Edna Belton, in Boynton, Oklahoma. She was known among close relations as Ruthie, and by her siblings as “Bean”.
In the late 50's Alice invited Ruthie to move to Bakersfield, California where they would endeavor to open a restaurant together. After a short stay in Bakersfield, they moved to Los Angeles, CA for yet another short period of time. In 1959 they moved to San Diego, CA. Mattie joined the St. Luke Church of God In Christ, along with her two sisters Mary Alice and Marion. The pastor was the late Elder Gardner Lee who along with his wife, Mother Hanna Lee, became parental figures for the three Belton sisters.
A year after the passing of Elder Lee, the entire family then joined Mt. Olive COGIC in 1973 under the pastorate of the late Dr. Vernon Cooper Jr. and his wife Fredonia Cooper, at the recommendation of Mother Lee. Mattie immediately joined the choir as one of the lead singers.
Although we enjoyed her singing in the choir over several years, and cheered along her leadership within the Pastor’s Aide, it is her service as church Financial Secretary that came to be the most enduring and consequential role in which she served the Mt. Olive church.
Under Sister Daniel’s keen and prudent counsel and assistance, Mt. Olive’s current location began as a single lot with a little white house, then followed the purchase of an adjoining second lot during the church’s construction. Finally, when the third lot became available for purchase, the church was up against a financial hurdle which prevented it from taking advantage of the opportunity.
Over the course of Mother Daniel’s lifetime of ninety-three years she has rendered countless services and acts of kindness to her church, its individual members, her family, as well as her San Diego community, services too numerous to mention.
Mother Daniels worked as a visiting nurse for At The Terrace Hospital. When At The Terrace closed down, she became a County Eligibility Worker from which she retired after 20+ years of service.
Sister Daniels maintained a vegetable garden, along with planting fruit trees such as lemon, orange, plum and pomegranates, as well as various flowers, decorative plants, and shrubbery.
Like most all of her sisters Mother Daniels was a very good cook and enjoyed baking, especially pies and cakes. She was known for her light flaky crust used for her apple, raisin, or sweet potato pies, and for her layered coconut or zesty lemon cakes.
On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Mother Mattie Ruth Daniels transitioned from this life to life everlasting. She is survived by Nadia Anderson of Arlington, Washington, the daughter of her heart; Laurie Haymon of San Diego, her god-daughter, Vernell Stovall of San Diego, heart-adopted son, a number of other men and women who called her “mom”; nephews Kenneth Anderson and Dwayne Anderson of San Diego, Alan Anderson of Arlington, Washington, Melvin Monday and Chester Monday of Tulsa, OK, Joe Belton of Fairfield, CA, Clyde Rhymes of Jamaica, Queens, NY, Howard Belton of New Market, MD, and a host of nephews, great-nephews; nieces Marian Whiteside of Vallejo, CA, Ruby Griffin of Amarillo, TX, Norma Nickerson of Denton, TX, Edna Pannell of Tulsa, OK, Alberta Collins of Tulsa, OK, and other relatives and friends.