The Lady with the Funny Bone

Posted: Dec 01, 2011

Although Daffy was born in the small town of Eden, Texas in 1932, she was destined for big things. She joined the Girl Scouts at the age of 10, where she helped the war effort by collecting scrap iron and walnut shells to make gas masks.  She worked hard through her school years, and later attended Baylor University on a scholarship. She graduated in 1955 with a degree in Sociology, and received the honor of “Most Representative Girl.”

During this time, she began leading Girl Scout troops, and after a summer of traveling and a year of teaching third grade back in Texas, she began working at the Permian Basin Girl Scouts (now called the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest). This position jump-started her many years as a dedicated staff member of the Girl Scouts. During her years at Permian Basin, she directed numerous programs, trained troop leaders and Girl Scouts, and directed summer camp programs.

During her time as camp director, Girl Scouts of the USA (GS USA) chose her camp (Mitre Peak) to produce a film introducing the Cadette level of scouting. Her efforts impressed GS USA so much that they asked her to come to New York for an interview. She was immediately hired as Camping Specialist, and moved to New York.  Soon after, she was selected to lead the Piper Project at National Headquarters—a traveling Girl Scouts program aimed at building and retaining membership.  With her bright smile and excitement for Girl Scouting, she traveled all over the United States for performances and speeches at rallies, workshops and major events. Piper is considered the most successful project at increasing membership in Girl Scouts history: girl membership increased by 285,000.

Daffy at a rally (year unknown)

In 1971, Daffy moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to venture into private business. However, her true calling—Girl Scouting—soon brought her to GSACPC.  Utilizing her wealth of knowledge and expertise in public relations, Daffy served as the Community Relations Director here at GSACPC from 1972-1979. Her vivacious personality, confidence, and that undeniable “spark” made her impression on our council. Here, she continued to strengthen the presence of Girl Scouting in Arizona and made lasting friendships. 

Daffy singing in her home (1986). 

Even after her time with GSACPC came to a close, Daffy remained committed to helping children reach their full potential. She even began an informal outreach program with children in the downtown Phoenix area.  Using her front porch as a gathering place, she mentored and provided educational and skill-building activities to young children struggling with poverty.

Daffy moved back to Texas in 2001 to be closer to her sisters. She passed away last month, on November 4, 2011 at the age of 79.

In an article by Scottsdale Progress in 1986, Daffy was described as being “dedicated to helping young women set goals and increase their self-awareness by becoming competent, capable individuals.”

Proof of her lifelong dedication was captured in the many notes left on Daffy’s online obituary after her passing: Girl Scouts from across the country took time to thank Daffy for the impact she made on their lives.

We also would like to thank Daffy for her many years of providing and advocating for Girl Scouting in Arizona and across the US. She will be missed by many.