Daisy Junor, of Regina, SK, was born on July 10, 1919 and died peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2012.
Daisy was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Dave; parents Chris and Marina Knezovich; brothers Jim Francis and Willy Francis; and sisters Ruby Martz and Julie Joorisity.
Daisy is survived by numerous nieces and nephews; and very special friends Marj and CB Wilson of Regina.
Daisy was born and raised in Regina and lived her entire life in the province of Saskatchewan, with the exception of many winters spent with Dave in Mesa, Arizona. Daisy was a fun-loving and energetic person, active in sports most of her life. She spent 4 years playing in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (mainly with the South Bend Blue Sox in Indiana). Having been named an All-Star outfielder, Daisy was once interviewed alongside Joe DiMaggio on a U.S. radio program. Production staff from the 1992 film A League of Their Own interviewed Daisy, where she shared many stories about her years in the AAGPBL. Daisy’s baseball career culminated in inductions into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in Regina, the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in North Battleford, and the American Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. While Daisy’s most notable sport was baseball, she was also an accomplished bowler and golfer, winning both city and provincial titles in both sports. Daisy and Dave were long time members of the Wascana Golf and Country Club in Regina, where they spent many years enjoying their favourite sport together, and where Daisy was a 4-time Club Champion. In recent years, The City of Regina honoured Daisy’s many sporting accomplishments with the naming of Junor Drive in northwest Regina. Daisy will be missed by all who knew her.
A special thank you to the staff at Sunset Extendicare for all of their kindness and support during Daisy’s final weeks.
At Daisy’s request, no funeral service will be held. A private, family memorial will be held at a later date.
Flowers gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make a donation in Daisy’s name to a charity of their choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home (306) 789-8850.
Author: Regina Leader Post, Regina, Sask., Canada
Contributed By: Dolly White
Copyright: Regina Leader Post, Regina, Sask. Canada