Frances Darby Clary

March 10, 1952December 28, 2017

COLUMBIA - A Mass of Christian Burial for Frances O’Neale Darby Clary will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 3600 Devine Street on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. with visitation following until 6:30 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Private burial will be at a later date. Friends are invited to 6519 Queens Way following the Mass. Fran passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 after a long illness, surrounded by her daughter, and siblings. Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Susan Darby. She graduated from Cardinal Newman High School and Midlands Technical College. Fran worked for 44 years at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood. In addition to her parents, Fran was predeceased by her husband, Joel. She is survived by her sisters, Susan Sexton, Beth Simpson (Allen) her twin, Anne Tharp, Teddy Hearn (Reid); brothers, Bates (Angela) and James (Dawn); her children, Joy Clary Edwards (William), Annette Clary, Dennis Childs (Tracey); grandchildren, Devon Grimes (Sabrina), Westley Edwards (Teal), Brynna Edwards, Brittney Bacon (David), Connor Woodward, Antigone and Brandon Childs; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces, all of whom she showered with affection. Fran was a true believer in doing small kindnesses for people that made a difference in their lives. She was a fierce advocate for the mentally ill, the underdog and did all she could for those less fortunate. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ruiling Yang (Self Regional) and Drs. John Wrangle and Joseph Collins (MUSC) as well as the nursing staff of Amedisys Hospice of S.C. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to The Therapy Place, 3620 Covenant Road, Columbia, SC 29204. Please sign the online guestbook at


  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, January 2, 2018

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 2, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018


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Vince DiMaria

January 4, 2018

To ALL of the Darby Family,

So sorry to learn of this loss. May your sadness be comforted by those most fond memories and knowing there are so many friends thinking of and praying for you at this time.

James and Debra Brown

January 2, 2018

James and Dawn, we are terribly sorry to hear about the passing of your sister. Just know that we are here sharing in your sorrow. Thinking of your family with love, friendship and prayers.

Vincent Dial

January 1, 2018

Fran was always the same no matter if was sitting in class with her at Cardinal Newman, or seeing her some forty plus years later at the school's farewell reunion. She was still Fran!
May the peace and comfort of Christ be with Fran's family.

Francis & Gayle Werts

January 1, 2018

She was a wonderful neighbor. We will miss her in this neighborhood.

Jim & Kay McCullough

January 1, 2018

Beth, you are in our thoughts

December 31, 2017

Fran's smile and laughter could light up a room.
She touched many lives.
She took time to share caring tips with Lander nursing students.
Nurses from all over have used Fran's tips to provide quality care.
Her light is Eternal now.

Louise Partridge

Brandon Hall

December 30, 2017

My condolences and sympathies to Frans' family, loved ones, and every one mourning the loss of her. Fran was and always will be an amazing woman. She was a loving friend and "sister" to my mother. She was someone who knew me my whole life and always cared to ask my mother how I was regardless of the where or why. She had a profound affect on my life that I am eternally grateful for. She truly was a blessing. I love you Fran. You will be missed on this Earth. "Later"

Wanda Carr

December 30, 2017

My heartfelt condolences for the Clary and Darby families at this time. Fran was a true Angel on earth and such a joy to know. She helped me in many ways throughout my life and I'm eternally grateful that God put her and Joe in my world many years ago. Rest now precious lady and know you will be truly missed. Love you.


December 30, 2017

Joy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for your loss but hope you are able to find peace knowing Fran is now a guardian angel shining down for all. Love you Joy!


December 30, 2017

I am sorry for your loss. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 ,17 .