Beth Darnell

June 28, 1937March 24, 2018
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Mary Elizabeth Baughman Darnell passed into eternal life on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Beth, as she was known to all her family and friends, was born to Irvin and Eula Baughman in Grand Junction, Colorado on June 28, 1937, the youngest of ten children. Beth was the valedictorian of her high school class and went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Oklahoma. In 1958, she married the love of her life, Ross Darnell, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Beth and Ross had two daughters, Karen Marie and Kris.

The family settled in Idaho Falls in 1973 where they became very active in the local community. P.E.O. was very important in Beth's life and she was a two-term Past President of Chapter BI in Idaho Falls. Beth and Ross were members of Christ Community Church. Beth's Christian faith was extremely important to her. Playing bridge was something Beth enjoyed very much. In fact, her mind was still sharp and she played bridge just two weeks before she died. Ross and Beth spent time traveling with friends and went to exotic places like Thailand, Peru, and New Zealand. One of their favorite trips was to Alaska.

Beth and Ross spent many years building a cabin in the Teton Valley near Driggs. They loved spending time there with family and friends. Their cabin will be a lasting legacy for their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren where they can go to hike, ski, feed the chipmunks, and play games. When Beth was 48 years old, she was diagnosed with a significant brain tumor. Being a woman of faith, strength and determination, she faced this new challenge bravely. She never complained of her many medical problems and remained as independent as her body would allow. About a year after Ross passed away, Beth moved to Morningstar Senior Living where she lived for over seven years. At Morningstar, Beth was on the food committee, attended church services regularly, played bridge and bingo, and was often found working on puzzles. The family would especially like to thank the caregivers at Morningstar where Beth received excellent care.

Beth was survived by her two daughters, Karen Marie (Chuck) Sonnen of Arvada, Colorado and Kris (Ken Krebs) D'Antoni of Idaho Falls. Three grandchildren survived Beth: Nicole D'Antoni of Idaho Falls, Mark (Anna) Sonnen of Grand Junction, Colorado and Kevin Sonnen of Seattle, Washington. Five great grandchildren survived her - Lucas and Nathan D'Antoni, Danielle, Alaina, and Lauren Wright. Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Darnell, and by all nine of her siblings, Lois, Robert, Theodore, Mildred, Wayne, Dorothy, Richard, Shirley, and Ruth.

The memorial service for Beth will be held at Christ Community Church, 5742 S. 5th W. Idaho Falls, on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made for an educational scholarship to P.E.O. Chapter BI, c/o Carol Comstock, 1741 E. 16th St., Idaho Falls, ID 83404. Arrangements made under the direction of Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home


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Dara Bartel

April 7, 2018

I only know Beth through her precious daughter, Marie.
What a wonderful legacy of faith she and Ross gave to their children, grandchildren and extended family. They have left behind the flavorful salt of the earth kind of people many are blessed to call friend. No doubt the Lord is receiving her as a faithful servant and saying, "Well done, Beth."

Gloria O'Reilly

March 28, 2018

To Beth's family
I have lost a dear friend and I so admired Beth,
never in all the years I knew her did she ever
complain about her limitations and thought
many times I could not have been as gracious
or happy as she always was when I visited her.
We had many wonderful times together and
I will miss her dearly.
Will be praying for comfort for the family as
you deal with life without Beth. Love Gloria

Nancy baughman

March 28, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Beth was a lovely, sweet lady that I am glad I knew. I always enjoyed talking and listening to her. I always marveled at her sharp, well informed mind and easy talking style. I often thought what a wonderful teacher she would be.

Gary and I both wish we could be at her memorial service . We will miss her.


Nancy Baughman

Joy Russell

March 27, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in your warm memories of Beth and from others who remember her fondly. Psalms 147:3 says; "He is healing the broken hearted ones and is binding up their painful spots". God, as the hearer of prayer, will comfort you also, as you remember Beth.

Darlene Charlton

March 26, 2018

Beth was a lovely lady and good friend. I will always remember our fun times together at the cabin playing games. We liked to spend time together playing bridge or discussing our latest book club read. Beth will be sorely missed in my life. What a great friend! Darlene