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Marjorie (Pat) Darnell

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Marjorie (Pat) Darnell

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Marjorie (Pat) Darnell
April 26, 1908 - January 13, 2012

Born: April 26, 1908
Place of Birth: Wichita, Kansas
Death: January 13, 2012
Place of Death: Durango, Colorado


Memorial service for Marjorie (Pat) Darnell, 103, Durango, Colorado, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday in the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with Rev. Lisa Beavers, Pastor officiating.

Marjorie (Pat) Darnell died from a stroke Friday, January 13, 2012 at the home of her son Carl in Durango. Although she resided at Sunshine Gardens West, she considered Carl’s home her home.

Following the memorial service there will be a reception at the church, and then burial at the Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Known as “Pat,” she was born April 26, 1908, in Wichita, Kansas, to Bert and Eva McGinnis. The family moved to Goodwell, Oklahoma in 1915 where she attended school at Panhandle A&M. Pat was brought up on farm life and enjoyed many aspects of it, especially being outside and avoiding housework. She married James F. (Mike) Darnell on Christmas Day, 1935, in Dalhart, Texas. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major, after serving 27 years in the Army. Mike died on May 19, 1987.

Pat had a colorful career: She worked for The Victor American Fuel Co. in Denver, Colorado; as a school secretary in the Oklahoma A&M School of Agriculture; at the Federal Land Bank in Wichita, Kansas; for the Aetna Life Farm Loan Dept. in Lawton, Oklahoma; and spent ten years as school secretary for Lawton High School before retiring in 1972.

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Lawton, the St. Paul’s United Methodist Women, St. Paul’s choir, Friends of the Lawton Public Library, and the Comanche County Retired Educators Association. She lived in Lawton from 1952 until 2008, when she moved to Durango, Colorado, to be closer to family.

“She had an incredibly positive attitude and was the most humble, modest person imaginable. Many people who met her thought she was in her 80s,” Carl said.

Her eldest son Michael added, “She was a most even-tempered woman, in spite of sharing a home with three headstrong males. She was stronger than all of us!”

Pat attributed her long life to lots of exercise, walking to school, and proper diet. She said her mother was a good nutritionist.

Mrs. Darnell is survived by her son Michael and daughter-in-law Billie, of San Antonio, son Carl, of Durango, three step-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Roberta McGinnis of Colorado Springs, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, Bob and Bert McGinnis, and four sisters, Ruth McGinnis, Mary Shapley, Lois Baumgartner, and Josephine Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s Methodist Church People Fund or Comanche County Chapter of The American Red Cross.

There will also be a celebration of Pat’s life at Carl’s home in Durango sometime in February.

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