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Best-Selling Author Janet Dailey Dies in Branson

BRANSON, Mo. -- A best selling author, and well-known Ozarks resident has died. Janet Dailey wrote nearly 100 romance novels. Family members say Dailey died at her home in Branson this weekend at the age of 69.
BRANSON, Mo. --A best selling author, and well-known Ozarks resident has died. Janet Dailey wrote nearly 100 romance novels during her 26 year career, according to her website.

Family members say Dailey died at her home in Branson this weekend.  She was 69 years old.

In addition to her prolific writing, Dailey was also an investor in Branson.  One of Janet Dailey's last big projects was the rebuilding of the Old English Inn in Hollister, a vision she realized with the help of Garland Dimetroff.

“She dove into this full bore and was committed to it. Her 2nd love in life, I guess you would say.”

Janet Dailey’s first love was writing. During her 26 year career she sold more than 300 million copies of her 100 novels. 

Even her close friends like Jo Kliever and Don Ingrum could attest to her character. 

“The fame she achieved as an author would probably be her primary and crowning accomplishment.”

“I read a lot of her books. I'm really more of a mystery person, but the one I really enjoyed was her Calder series. I read every one of those, I really enjoyed them.”

“But those close to her say they'll remember her more for her community activism than for what she wrote.
There was the author part of her, but the personal side of her, the kind of caring person that she was--it was amazing.”

She and her late husband Bill owned several theaters and properties like the Americana Theater and the Country Music World Theater.

Dailey remained an active board member and contributors for charity groups like the Skaggs Foundation.

“She and her husband were very involved in the community and did a lot for the community. You couldn't ask for a better person. She was just ideal. Never had an unkind word.”

Daily's friends say she stayed busy constantly, even during the last few months while she underwent a series of operations.

“She was just passionate about everything she did.”

An author, a community activist, a friend…Janet Dailey's legacy will last in Branson, and not just as a name on a book cover.

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