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Darlene Ann Gilliland
Darlene Ann GillilandDarlene Ann Gilliland (Burling), born in Bucyrus on March 26, 1941 to Alvin and Reatha M. (Ward) Burling, passed away on Monday evening, April 20, 2009 at the Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville after a brief struggle with cancer.

On July 18, 1959 she married Charles Gilliland.  They were long-term residents of York Center.

No life should be summed up by so few words, certainly not someone as feisty and cherished as Darlene. She silently enriched the lives of not only her family but of families throughout the local community and beyond. Though she never personally met the people she helped, she selflessly spent the past decade making handmade baby quilts with the Marysville First United Methodist Church Christian Quilters and Crazy Quilters of Union County distributed to hospitals and other organizations.

A retired beautician, she found her greatest joy in her children’s achievements.  Though she rarely recognized the merit of her own, she excelled at many things. She enjoyed travelling, was an exceptional quilter, participated in long-distance cycling into her early 60s, planted beautiful gardens, and managed to keep her little family firmly together.  She will be missed and never forgotten.

She is survived by her husband, Charley; a son, David of Marysville; three daughters, Debbie (Everett) Griffith of Farmington, New Mexico; Pamela (Steve) Kalb of Kenton; and Jamie (Ramon) Perez of Ostrander; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two younger sisters, Kathy (Boyd) Studer of Attica; Jeannie Klingenberger and  mother, Reatha M. Burling, both of Canyon Lake, California.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating.  Graveside services will be at 1:00 PM the same day in Nevada Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM on Thursday at the Funeral Home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church Christian Quilters, 207 S. Court Street, Marysville, OH  43040.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballingerfuneralhome.com

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#1 from: Dirk  Cheney &  Gina North
 
drcheney@yahoo.com Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with you. May the Lord hold you in His arms and comfort you in this time of need. May His grace shine upon you and give you strength. Dirk & Gina



#2 from: Carol Ewing
Bucyrus, Ohio
l12cewing@embarqmail.com Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 8:54 PM

My sympathy to her husband and her children.  I graduated with Darlene and remember her well.  She was a lot of fun.  Our class is getting ready to celebrate our 50th reunion.



#3 from: Man to Man Ministries
Victoria, TX
lead@mantomanonline.org Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 11:08 PM

We want you to know we are praying for you and the family during this difficult time.  God Bless...

Prayer Team at Man to Man Ministries



#4 from: Deanna Howell
Columbus, Ohio
Deannadst@aol.com Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Jamie, Ramon, and Family

I am sadden to hear about your loss.  May God bless and take care you during this time.  I pray for comfort and peace for all of you.



#5 from: Eleanor Cross (Hart)
Bucyrus Ohio
fritzconus@yahoo.com Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 6:00 PM

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to Darlene's family I truly enjoyed her visits and seeing her when she came to Bucyrus she was a wonderful person and will be missed God Bless you all!



#6 from: Roger and Barb
Richwood Ohio
congrove.9@osu.edu Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 6:50 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss, Our prayers are with you and your family. If we can help in any way please let us know.
                      Roger and Barb Congrove



#7 from: Laurie Rickert
Columbus, OH
laurierickert@gmail.com Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Jamie, Ramon and Family,

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.



#8 from: Cena Brown Ladefoged
 
cenabrown@yahoo.com Tue, May 26, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Pam, I am sorry to hear about your loss, and will keep you in my prayers.




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