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The ashes of the last KC area native to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were laid to rest yesterday along with those of her husband at her parents burial plot in the grounds of  the Truman Presidential Library in Independence.  “This was her home,” said Clifton Daniel, the oldest of her four sons.

Margaret Truman Daniel was an accomplished singer, broadcaster and author, as well as a devoted daughter, wife and mother.

Those at the Saturday services remembered a person who lived much of her life in Washington and New York, but whose values and outlook had been shaped by her childhood in Independence.

Among her many accomplishments as a singer, author and broadcaster, “she seemed to regard the role of president’s daughter as a worthwhile job,” said Clifton Daniel. “She gave it her all, but believed you should be able to turn it off at the end of the day.

“She was around the rich and famous, but she treated them like everyone else.”

Daniel said he still found it astonishing that his mother was often described as a sickly child in her youngest days.

“I thought she was tough as nails,” he said.

Margaret Truman Daniel was a pioneering broadcaster in the early 1950s and the author of 23 popular mysteries, as well as nine historical works.

Friends and acquaintances outside the immediate family also extolled her fidelity to her Missouri and Midwestern roots.

Longtime friend U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, a Missouri Democrat, said there were always two great influences in her life. The first was her parents, from whom she took a very direct and egalitarian approach to everything in life, Skelton said.

“Second, she was a Missourian and so proud of it,” he continued.

We were proud of her, too.