Linda Daniels, a Pullman Point Apartments resident since 1979, has plenty to be proud of—including serving with the Richmond School District (now known as the WCCUSD) for almost 30 years. This included time with several different schools—including Stege Elementary, Coronado Elementary and Lake Elementary—as a teacher’s aide, health aide and librarian.
But the Louisiana-born Daniels, a longtime Marin County resident who moved to Richmond in the mid-Sixties in order to be closer to her parents, clearly derives the most pride and satisfaction from spending time with her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“I just spoke with nine-year-old Sana, who reported straight A’s on his report card,” beamed Daniels, who also wanted to give a shout-out to three-year-old Jaylen, six-year-old Cory, eight-year-old Kaiden, and nine-year-old Jaden.
A California resident since 1943 and a graduate of Tamalpais High, Daniels has faced more than her share of tragedy over the years, including the sudden death of her husband in a 1974 bus crash and the shooting homicide of one of her four sons in 2013. Today she finds strength and solace from her church-going, loving family members and hobbies that range from planting—Daniels has a true green thumb—to collecting elephant figures and figurines. In fact, her trove of elephant collectibles is now approaching the century mark.
Daniels has definitely made her mark at the Pullman Point Apartments community, where she has done plenty of planting and beautification, founded a library (that was removed following complex renovations) and made many friends. She also said she greatly enjoyed bringing some of her grandchildren at Pullman to the recent Café Soleil special breakfast event featuring Bobby Seale, as it brought back memories of her Richmond church taking part in the original Black Panther breakfast program for children many years ago.
Twelve Questions—Linda Daniels
- Favorite movie you’d recommend: Fences
- Favorite food: Seafood
- Person who has inspired you the most in life: Her late sister, who was always encouraging
- Favorite actor: Denzel Washington
- Favorite animal: Elephants
- Favorite hobby: Spending time with grandkids/planting/elephant collecting
- Favorite place to visit: Muir Woods
- Favorite kind of music: Jazz, Pop, some Blues
- Favorite musician/s: John Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Smith
- Favorite TV show/s: Naked and Afraid, Survivor
- Pet peeve: Disrespectful children
- Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving, plus Halloween—which is also her birthday!