Ada Pearl (Denton) Darby, 80, of Gowen, died Monday, January 22, 2018, at her home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 25, at Brumley-Mills Chapel in Hartshorne with the Rev. Clint Pope officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of Hartshorne.
Ada was born on April 14, 1937, in Gowen, to John and Rosa (Stone) Denton. Upon her graduation in 1955 from Wilburton High School, she married Clyde Darby, also from Gowen.
She was a faithful member of Cornerstone Baptist Church until her health declined.
She was a mother and homemaker and worked many years for Charles Komar and Son.
Later, she began doing what she loved most and became the cook for the Kibois Head Start in Hartshorne where they called her Ms. Ada. She enjoyed working with the teachers and loved all the school children.
Upon her retirement, she loved to cook for her children, grandchildren and anyone who loved to eat. She enjoyed watching her grandkids participate in sporting events and spending time with her family. Her house was always open to anyone needing a good meal or just a place to rest.
She is survived by her four children, daughter, Marlene Adams and husband, Johnny, of Gowen, son, Clyde David "Buddy" Darby, of Tulsa, daughter, Denise McCullar and husband, Keith, of McAlester, and son, Steve Darby and wife, Tina, of LaGrange, Texas; nine grandchildren, Denton "Denny" Adams and wife, Cindy, Dustin Darby and wife, Sheila, Crystal Hoskins, Brody Adams, Jennifer York, Mallori Rodgers and husband, Preston, Jacob Darby, Sebastian Darby, Matthew Darby and Daniel Darby; three step-daughters, Betty Roberts, Phyllis Schmalijohn and Kay Sorenson; 16 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Roberta Turner, of Gowen, and several nieces and nephews.
Ada was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Darby; her parents; brothers, John Denton and Charles Maples; her sisters, Pearl and Rosa Darby, and brother-in-law, Robert Darby.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Denton "Denny" Adams, Dustin Darby, Brody Adams, Jacob Darby, Sebastian Darby, Matthew Darby and Daniel Darby.
Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons, Wyatt Darby and Jordan Gilreath.
Published on January 24, 2018