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Daisy Barron Leland
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • John's Island Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund
    2550 Bohicket Rd
    Johns Island, SC 29455
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Ashley Hall for the Daisy Barron Leland Master Teaching Award
    172 Rutledge Avenue
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“Sending my thoughts and prayers at the loss of Miss Daisy. God Bless. ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: M. Elaine Proctor - SC

“What a wonderful teacher, I will never forget ... math and life skills!!! I just Loved Miss Daisy! ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Sheftall Donovan - VA

“Ms Daisey a sweetest lady. Blessings to the family. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Billy & Brenda Jenkins - Laurens, SC

“May God's loving arms wrap the Leland family with love, during this hard time. She was truly a lady of grace and kindness. The memory of her will...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Kelley Dwyer McLaughlin - Seattle, WA

“Dear Libby and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I met Daisy at Curves where we bonded as older women working out. I will miss her. ...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Ah, but Mrs. Leland was an Ashley Hall institution unto herself.How she put up with me during my years as her student is a testament to her patience...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Bambi Downs - Charleston, SC

“Dear Ones,We were saddened to read of Daisy's passing. She touched so many lives with her loving spirit. I grew up with her and Nancy in Forest Hills...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: David Suggs - Blythewwood, SC

“Aaron, Ellen, Libby, and families--Jim and I were so sad to read about Daisy in this morning's newspaper. What a lovely article and a testimony to...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Rosa Cherry - Kingstree, SC

“My wife, Eoline Few,,is suffering from Alzheimer's disease . She was a close friend to Daisy through JIPC and being a Converse grad. If she were...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Richard Few - Greenville, SC

“Our condolences goes out to the Leland Family and May God continued to keep you all in prayer.Frank, William and the rest of the Robinson Family. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Paulette Robinson - SC

“Miss Daisy was a wonderful role model for many students at Ashley Hall. She was a genteel woman who was the walking definition of grace and strength...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Amy Winfield - Hickory, NC


12 of 19 | Posted by: Marian Leland - Pawleys Island, SC

“I'm so sad to hear of Miss Daisy's passing. She was an integral part of my growing up and my years at Ashley Hall. Miss Daisy was dedicated to all of...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Mindy Spar - San Jose, CA

“I am so sorry to hear of Miss Daisy's passing. I can only imagine how many young girls she has positively influenced over the years- she certainly...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Melissa Cole Chiles - Knoxville, TN

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Miss Daisy. She was a life long friend of my mother, Ida Bennett. Having gone to High School together...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Rick Bennett - Huger, SC

“I worked under Miss Daisy during several summer school sessions. She was a delight to work for and I was always happy to run into her around town. I...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Maroney Walker - SC

“As an Ashley Hall Alumna (Class of 1966) and fellow AH Staff Member (Dir. of Development, 1980-1984), I had the privilege of getting to know Miss...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Deirdre (Dee Dee) Geraty Squires - MO

“So sorry to hear of "Miss" Daisy"s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Mr. Aaron and the family. She was such a sweet person and will be...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Leonard & Linda Baxley - SC

“I am so saddened to hear that Daisy has passed away. She was a source of great strength, advice and friendship to me as one of her faculty members in...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Joyce Newman - Johns Island, SC


Daisy Woodside Barron Leland, 82, of Wadmalaw Island, SC, wife of Aaron Whitney Leland, entered into eternal rest on May 2, 2018. A service of worship and celebration of her life will be held at Johns Island Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. A reception will be held immediately following the burial in the Fellowship Hall. The family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Daisy was born on September 20, 1935 in Columbia, SC to the late Charles Henry Barron, Jr. and the late Nancy Woodside Harrison Barron. She graduated from Converse College in 1958. Being a fourth generation student, she was dedicated to her alma mater. Daisy's Converse involvement included Class Representative for twenty years and President of the Charleston Chapter in 1962. She served as First Vice president of the Alumnae Association from 1982 to 1985. Converse recognized her with the S.T.A.R. Award in 1982 and the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1986. She was also named as one of the Converse 100 Award Recipients during the College's centennial celebration.

As a longtime member of Johns Island Presbyterian Church, Daisy was a Sunday School teacher, Bible School director, youth advisor and a member of the Pulpit Search Committee. She served two terms as Elder on the Session and was named Elder Emeritus in 2012. She had been quite active in the Women of the Church. In 1991, Daisy was presented with an Honorary Life Membership in the Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was also a member of the Candidates Committee of the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery for two terms. As well, Daisy served on the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Home of South Carolina from 1993 to 1998. She has also been a member of the Board of Advisors for Presbyterian Home for a number of years.

Daisy was a member of the teaching profession for 27 years, the last 22 of which were at Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC. She served as Head of the Middle School from 1974 to 1992. The students at Ashley Hall honored "Miss Daisy" with the dedication of the 1980 and 1992 The Spiral annuals and with a daisy garden on the campus of the all girls school in 1987. Daisy's colleagues at Ashley Hall gave her the Rosemary Nelson Hutto Award in 1988 for excellence in teaching. At her retirement in 1992, the students in grades 6, 7 and 8 planted three flowering trees in front of the Middle School building in her honor. In 1995 the school honored Daisy with the naming of the Daisy Barron Leland Award for Teaching Excellence in Mathematics and Technology. She was a dedicated administrator and teacher and took great pride in her work as well as much interest in her students.

Daisy's community involvement included memberships in the Junior League of Charleston, the Rebecca Motte Chapter of the DAR, and the Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary education society. She was a charter member of the Sea Island Republican Club. As well, she served as a scout leader for Low Country Girl Scouts and was also a member of The Carolina Assembly and White Pond.

Daisy was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother who loved nothing more than spending time with her family. She was affectionately known as "Grand Daisy" to her five grandchildren. She would often say that she went from teaching in the classroom to teaching in the fields of the family farm on Wadmalaw Island, Leland Farms, where her husband Aaron grew many crops, the favorite being strawberries. She loved tending to her yard and enjoyed arranging roses for many people and various functions from the garden her husband planted for her. In her later years, she began her card ministry from which she sent countless cards to family, friends and acquaintances to remember birthdays or to cheer them when sick. Daisy had a strong will to live and fought her illness with great determination and strength. She was a beloved child of God and there is nothing that brings her family more joy than knowing that she is now with her Lord and Savior in Heaven for eternity, well and full of life enjoying all that Heaven has to offer in the company of other family members who preceded her.

Her family is most grateful for all the loving care and attention Daisy received from her caregivers, Peggy, Debbie, Kathy and Eloise. They are also so appreciative of the faithful medical care and support that Dr. Sola Kim provided her.

Daisy is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years, Aaron; two daughters: Ellen Woodside Leland Wilhoit (Richmond) and Elizabeth Morrison Leland Puckette (Thomas); five grandchildren: Stephen Elliott Puckette IV, Richmond Thomas Wilhoit, Erin Whitney Puckette, Eliza Drayton Wilhoit, and Elizabeth Childs Puckette; and sister, Nancy Barron Smith. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Watt Elias Smith II.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Johns Island Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 2550 Bohicket Road, Johns Island, SC 29455; Presbyterian Communities of SC Endowment Fund, 2817 Ashland Road, Columbia, SC 29210-5009; Ashley Hall for the Daisy Barron Leland Master Teaching Award, 172 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403; Converse College for The Mrs. Robert I. Woodside Music Award, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.