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Ardmore First National Bank vice president dies at 63

By Holly Hollman
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2445

ARDMORE — The First National Bank branch in Ardmore, Tenn., has never operated more than two months without Doris J. Daly.

Her death on March 17 ended her more than 40 years of service. She was buried Saturday.

Daly, who was vice president, loan officer and organizer of the bank's senior and Heritage clubs, started working at the branch two months after it opened in 1963.

Janet Watson, who handles marketing at the bank's Pulaski, Tenn., office, said Daly helped her fellow employees during their first days on the job.

"She was the matriarch of that branch," said Watson. "She would take each one under her wing as if they were her own child. She had a way of making each and every customer feel very special and was a staunch supporter of her community."

Watson said Daly loved "God, her family and friends, her bank family and her town." She was the wife of Billy W. Daly, and mother of Jane Daly. She was a director of Ardmore's Boys & Girls Club and a past president of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce.

Loretta Ekis, a friend of Daly's, said Daly died in her sleep after having a gallbladder operation. She was 63 years old.

"Doris was also a good friend, and I will miss her," Ekis said.

So will those who had grown accustomed to seeing Daly when they went to the bank.

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