CENTERBURG — Darlene Yvonne Hawkins, 76, of Centerburg, went to be with the Lord Nov. 11, 2019, at Bennington Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Cecil and Thelma (Luft) Hess Sept. 3, 1943.

Darlene married her childhood sweetheart Larry “the Barber” 60 years ago. They built a wonderful life together in Centerburg with their three children, Tami (Terry) Hook, Todd (Tammy) Hawkins and Kristian (Jenna) Hawkins.

In addition to her husband and children, Darlene is survived by siblings Michael Hess, Jerry Hess, Marla Harner, Carla Linkous, Donald Hess, and Cindee Hess; grandchildren, Jessica Donabauer-Hook, Jeremy Hook, Brandt Hawkins, Brynn May, Jarryd Hook, Bryee Guisinger, Bailey Sesma, Casey Byrnes, and Michael Johnson who lovingly called her “Nanny”; and great-grandchildren Madeline, Lilliana, Asher, Brezlynn, Zyran, Aiden, Austin, and Lorenzo knew her as their precious “Marme.”

Darlene spent many years working for her family’s grocery store. She eventually found her dream job at Morning View Care Centers, where she was vice president of marketing. Throughout her years at Morning View, Darlene traveled extensively as part of her job and especially loved visiting New Orleans. During her travels she was also able to meet many famous people, from a boxing champion to the President of the United States.

She loved Christmas and volunteered to head up Jewell’s Kids, a local charity that provided gifts for needy children in the Centerburg area. Her love of Christmas extended to holiday decorating. She was known for putting a tree in every room of her house, for trimming hundreds of trees at Morning View, and even decorating trees that the company donated to the annual charitable auction known as “The Festival of the Trees.”

Anyone who knew Darlene knew how special she was within moments of meeting her. She had a unique gift for putting people at ease and was a friend to everyone she met. People wanted to be around her just because she was so much fun. She was the life of the party and had a knack for getting herself into situations that would leave people laughing and wondering what just happened. Darlene was truly loved and will be deeply missed.

A Celebration of Darlene’s Life, officiated by Minister Tony Shaver, will be held Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Centerburg Church of Christ. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a needy child this Christmas in memory of Darlene.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Darlene Yvonne Hawkins.


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