Dec. 17, 1937 – March 5, 2014
Virginia Daniels Chavers, an Uncrowned Queen of Buffalo, a nurse and a former model, died Wednesday in her Buffalo home. She was 76.
The former Virginia Daniels was born in Chicago and graduated from South Shore High School there, before coming to Buffalo, where she earned an associate degree at Trocaire College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College. In her nursing career, she was the first African-American supervisor at the Jesse E. Nash Clinic and was a charge nurse for Buffalo General Hospital. She retired from the Erie County Home and Infirmary in 1992.
She also worked as a professional model. She was hired by many area photographers and fashion coordinators, and she was often the only African-American model in their shows at that time. She was featured in many AM&A’s runway and Tea Room shows, as well as appearing occasionally on the television program “Dialing for Dollars.”
Following her advice to other women – “Never limit yourself, and don’t let anyone else limit you” – Ms. Chavers had another job as a licensed real estate agent with the former Stovroff & Herman Realtors.
Even with her professional success, Ms. Chavers considered her greatest accomplishment to be her Christian life. She was baptized at the Linwood Church of Christ in 2000 and served there as chairwoman for Cornerstone Manor Ministry, assisting families in the manor’s women and children’s shelter.
Active in the community, she was involved with the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, where she held a variety of positions, and with the NAACP. The Gloria J. Parks Community Center and the African-American Cultural Center both honored her for her service.
Ms. Chavers is survived by her mother, Virginia Watson; two daughters, Crystill and Brenda; a son, Douglas; five sisters, Eddie Mae Williams, Barbara Berry, Addie Bea Williams, Susan Cooper and Donna Hall; three brothers, William, Pleas and Timothy Daniels; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Cathleen Osborne.
Services will be held at noon Tuesday in Linwood Church of Christ, 2523 Main St.