December 17, 1936 – October 28, 2019
Darlene (Memmott) Hillmon of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on 28 October 2019, at the age of 82. Her final days were spent in Castle Rock, Colorado; surrounded by the love and support of her family, near and far.
Darlene was born in Murray, Utah, the daughter of Clinton L. Memmott and Neva (Bishop) Memmott; who have preceded her in death. Darlene was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in the Shoal Creek Ward for many years. She held church callings in Relief Society and as the Ward librarian. Darlene loved serving her Ward family and community.
Darlene graduated in 1955 from Granite High school, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following her graduation, she was offered an opportunity to attend art school or cosmetology school , however, she chose a different path by becoming a wife and a mother of 2 beautiful daughters.
As her path in life kept pressing forward, it redirected her at becoming an artist. This special longing was a burning desire that resided within her heart. Darlene has been honored by having her paintings hung in multiple homes, offices, businesses, with photos of her paintings also placed in Kansas City Missouri Temple corner stone time capsule, during the Temple dedication ceremony. She is still known for her Kansas City Temple paintings and the blank greeting cards, which were produced from all of her Paintings throughout her life.
Darlene was a hard worker all her life and was extremely self - sufficient. She worked for Art Galleries, craft stores, Sears, and with many other businesses; she even made time to teach art classes in her home to.
As a mother/grandmother, she showed her family how to educate one’s self, by learning to do things, by being becoming self - sufficient and independent. She restored 5 homes later in life, as well. She had a great deal of wit, and a keen sense of humor that was appreciated by those who knew her, right up to the very end of her mortal life.
Surviving Darlene are her two daughters; Kelly (Albrand) Vandiver (along with her husband Daryl); And Gina (Albrand) Burkhart (along with her husband Tim), her older brother Floyd Memmott (and his wife Carol), and her youngest brother Darrell Memmott. She took special pride in her 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 1 fifth-generation grandchild; along with several adoptive/step grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Darlene’s loving caregivers from the Oncology Department at Kansas City University Hospital, and New Century Hospice in Castle Rock Colorado. We truly appreciate their dedication, love and continued support over the past several months. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to KU Endowment, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 3012, Kansas City, KS 66160, to benefit The University of Kansas Caner Center. Online contributions may be made at www.kuendowment.org/give . Please indicate that donations are for the Darlene Hillmon memorial. Or with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint https://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/humanitarian-services/funds/humanitarian-general-fund in behalf of Darlene as well.
Darlene (Memmott) Hillmon’s Celebration of Life Service will be held April 17, 2020, 10:30 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint building, 5550 N Jackson Avenue Kansas City, Missouri 64119. Luncheon to follow. The final resting place for Darlene (Memmott) Hillmon will be with her parents in Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Sanpete County, Mount Pleasant City, Utah.
Celebration of Life Service
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
5050 Jackson Ave.
November 3, 2019
I was blessed to be Darlene's visiting teacher and sister in Christ for many years. We spend many of our visits talking of family, talents and our love of our Savior. Darlene was a very interesting and loving person and will be missed by all. Until we meet again at Jesus feet.....you are loved and remembered.
November 1, 2019
I've known Darlene for a really long time. Her daughter, Kelly, and I have been friends for about 30 years, I believe. Darlene and my mother both had the same birthday, December 17th. I have always felt close to Darlene because of her warm spirit and her loving personality. You couldn't help but love her if you knew her because she was just that kind of person. I was always amazed by her artistic talent. It was definitely a gift from God and she was definitely a gift from God to all of us.
November 1, 2019
I was a close friend to Darlene when I lived in North Kansas City MO. We use to hang out and just talk, or even sit together in church. She always made me laugh, Darlene showed me all her paintings and even gave me one of the Salt Lake Temple she painted, Amazing artist that Darlene was.
I'm very sad to see her pass, I will miss her love she shard for people and the love she shared with me about her daughters. Darlene my friend, I will miss you terribly.
My condolences to her family.
November 1, 2019
Darling was one of my best cousins out of them all!!!In fact I was married in her parents back yard way back when! We got to know each other better when facebook came around and we could share our stories. She was so talented and so kind!!! Darling gave Bishop a good name!!!i am sure Uncle Clint and Aunt Neva are so happy to have her with them along with all the others family members who have been patiently waiting for her to be called home!!! I will miss her and her pictures very much! Good job Cousin ♥️♥️♥️♥️