December 7, 1925 – September 17, 2020
Darlene McCutcheon Hall, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2020 at the age of 94 years-9months. Darlene was loved and admired by all who knew her as a caring and compassionate person.
Darlene was born December 7, 1925 in Huntington Park, California to Howard Charles McCutcheon and Livina Hobson. Growing up as the baby in the family (her brother Glendon was 8 years older), she charmed all her relatives and family friends with her sweet spirit, kindness and beautiful singing voice.
In high school, Darlene played the lead of Yum Yum in the musical The Mikado and she was very proud of that accomplishment and many others. Her interest in music led her to her future husband, Walton Hall. Walt played first chair trombone and she played the base viola in their high school orchestra.
Following her marriage to Walt in October 1944, after his entry into the U.S. Marine Corps, Darlene worked as a volunteer to help the war effort. When the war ended, Darlene and Walt settled into civilian life and bought their first house in Compton, CA. There they had two children, Sherry Lynn and Kenneth Wayne. Walt became a meticulous carpenter, building their second house in his spare time. Darlene raised the children and kept a beautiful home for the family.
Because of their love of music, they established a dance combo called the Hi-Lites. Darlene played all the percussion instruments and was the singer. This was their hobby for many years and it increased their appreciation and love for one another. They had wonderful stories to tell about entertaining.
Darlene was a very beautiful woman, inside and out. Her friends remained her friends forever. She loved her family and was committed to them without fail. Her strongest bit of advice to her family members: Never tell a lie! She was proud of her 75 year-8 month marriage and took a lot of pride in caring for her husband, who predeceased her by less than 3 months. In the end, she missed him too much to stay without him. There is great comfort in knowing they are together again.
Darlene leaves her daughter Sherry (Daryl) Braun and son Wayne Hall, three grandchildren, Tiffany (Jeff) Miller, Wendy Robbins, Kristen (Keith) Konieczny, and four great-granddaughters, Kacey and Kylie Konieczny, & Jillian and Brielle Miller.
For all who had the privilege of knowing her, cherish the memories, as those times were pure and honest and lovely experiences. Darlene was a classic in the truest sense of the word. She will be missed more than we could ever express.