OBITUARY

Mary S. Darby

May 18, 1926April 19, 2019
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Mary S. Darby (92), of Strabane Woods, Washington, formerly of Clarksville, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019.

She was born on May 18, 1926 in Lumberton, N.C., the daughter of the late Viola Shifflet Stickel and Ulysses Grant Stickel.

She attended grade school in Isabella, Pa. where she met a classmate, John A. (Jack) Darby, who was to become her husband. Her family moved to Richmond, Va., where she graduated from John Marshall High School and then attended business school. She was employed by Southern States Co-Op and also A&P Food Company in Richmond where she worked in the statistical department of the main office. By coincidence she met her former classmate, Jack Darby, who was stationed at Camp Perry while serving in the Navy. They became engaged and were married by the Reverend William Barkley of the Fairmont Baptist Church on February 9, 1945.

Upon her husband’s discharge from the Navy, they moved to Pennsylvania and resided in the Clarksville area for over 50 years. When her health permitted, she enjoyed crocheting, reading and working in her yard. She also baked and sold decorated cakes.

Mary retired from the Jefferson-Morgan School District after 20 years as a cashier in the food service department. She was a member of PSEA and SEIU Local 3. She was actively involved as a former member of the PTA and in raising money for various charitable organizations.

Mary was a 25 year member of the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, where she held every office and was president until it disbanded. She was also a long time member of Filer-Sadlek Post 954 American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as chaplain.

She was a member of St. George’s Anglican Church in Waynesburg for over 30 years, where she served as chairperson for the Hospitality Committee and United Thank Offering. She also served on the Vestry as Junior Warden for several terms.

With her bright blue eyes and sweet smile, Mary’s warm personality and quick wit added to her charm. Her friends and family regarded her as a compassionate soul and a true confidant. She was also a true Pittsburgh sports fan and never missed an opportunity to watch her Steelers and Penguins.

Deceased is her husband of 50 years, John A. Darby Jr., an infant son Shaun Grant Darby, a brother Ulysses Grant Stickel (Laura) of Richmond, VA., a sister Margaret Parham (Bill) of Powhatan, VA., a sister-in-law Priscilla Shaw (Kermit) of Richmond, VA., a sister-in-law Donna Darby of Berea, OH, and a son-in-law Thomas Boyer of Washington, PA.

Surviving are three children, John A. Darby (Lauretta) of Canonsburg, Kathie Boyer of Washington, and Tami Norton (Kevin) of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Shauna Piedrahita (Ron), John M. Darby (Martine), Jennifer Tullio (Aaron), Michael and Maeve Norton; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Emma Darby, Luca and Casey Tullio, and Julie Piedrahita; brother-in-law Gene Darby of Berea, OH, and sister-in-law Blanche Darby of Brownsville, PA. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

  • FAMILY

  • John (Lauretta) Darby, Son
  • Kathie Boyer, Daughter
  • Tami (Kevin) Norton, Daughter
  • grandchildren, Shauna Piedrahita (Ron), John M. Darby (Martine), Jennifer Tullio (Aaron), Michael and Maeve Norton; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Emma Darby, Luca and Casey Tullio, and Julie Piedrahita; brother-in-law Gene Darby of Berea, OH, and sister-in-law Blanche Darby of Brownsville, PA. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church
  • Servant Song Ministries
  • American Heart Association

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 27, 2019

Memories

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Kellie Grimes

April 28, 2019

Mary (ary) was an amazing lady and true friend. She was always there to help me through rough times with just listening to me and telling me God will help me. I was her "Ellie", and i will forever wear that name with pride. It was honor to take care of her but a blessing to call her friend. She will forever be in my heart, and i hope she knew that i love her very much. Fly high as an angel Ary.
Love, ELLIE

Debra Kuczykowski- Sarafian

April 24, 2019

Mr. and Mrs. Darby, were two G. I. Town icons. I never new a friendlier family, while growing up there. Memories are so very precious!
Our Sympathies to the Family, Friends and everyone who knew this wonderful woman and the Family.

Marsha Milliken

April 23, 2019

John, Kathy and Tami
Your mom was the most wonderful woman I’ve ever known. Mary had the love and the most beautiful sparkling eyes of an Angel. She never knew an enemy. She loved everyone. She was a mother with more love than anyone and whenever I seen her she always had a big kiss for me. She was the mother I always longed for. This breaks my heart. She is a loving woman that I will never forget. God has gained a perfect Angel. Mary I love you and until we meet again.
Love Marsha WERNER - Milliken

Adrienne Davis

April 23, 2019

Dear Darby Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. What a wonderful and kind woman.
I was so lucky to have Tami as one of best friends and blessed to spend so much time with your family throughout high school. We shared everything within our group of friends including our parents. I remember sleep overs, family dinners (cookies!) and hanging out with the neighbor kids. “Mom and Dad” Darby were always there to keep us in line and offer an encouraging word. Her eyes, smile and laughter lit up the room as she made everyone feel “at home” in her home.
Please accept our sincere apologies as we are out of town this weekend and will be unable to attend the services. Our hearts will be with you as you remember and honor her life. At your request, we will be making a donation to Servant Song Ministries in her name.
Our family is holding your family in our thoughts and prayers. She was an amazing person and will be greatly missed. Please continue to tell your favorite stories and keep her memory alive.
Love and God Speed “Mom” Darby.
Adrienne, Dale, Drew and Dylan Davis

Angela Harrison

April 23, 2019

You will be dearly missed.

<3 The Harrison Family

Donna Taylor

April 23, 2019

I will miss Aunt Mary's phone calls she always checked on me, and I love that she lived in the same house for 40+ years. She was content with her life.
Love Donna ❤️
From Powhatan Va

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Biography

Mary S. Darby (92), of Strabane Woods, Washington, formerly of Clarksville, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019.

She was born on May 18, 1926 in Lumberton, N.C., the daughter of the late Viola Shifflet Stickel and Ulysses Grant Stickel.

She attended grade school in Isabella, Pa. where she met a classmate, John A. (Jack) Darby, who was to become her husband. Her family moved to Richmond, Va., where she graduated from John Marshall High School and then attended business school. She was employed by Southern States Co-Op and also A&P Food Company in Richmond where she worked in the statistical department of the main office. By coincidence she met her former classmate, Jack Darby, who was stationed at Camp Perry while serving in the Navy. They became engaged and were married by the Reverend William Barkley of the Fairmont Baptist Church on February 9, 1945.

Upon her husband’s discharge from the Navy, they moved to Pennsylvania and resided in the Clarksville area for over 50 years. When her health permitted, she enjoyed crocheting, reading and working in her yard. She also baked and sold decorated cakes.

Mary retired from the Jefferson-Morgan School District after 20 years as a cashier in the food service department. She was a member of PSEA and SEIU Local 3. She was actively involved as a former member of the PTA and in raising money for various charitable organizations.

Mary was a 25 year member of the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, where she held every office and was president until it disbanded. She was also a long time member of Filer-Sadlek Post 954 American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as chaplain.

She was a member of St. George’s Anglican Church in Waynesburg for over 30 years, where she served as chairperson for the Hospitality Committee and United Thank Offering. She also served on the Vestry as Junior Warden for several terms.

With her bright blue eyes and sweet smile, Mary’s warm personality and quick wit added to her charm. Her friends and family regarded her as a compassionate soul and a true confidant. She was also a true Pittsburgh sports fan and never missed an opportunity to watch her Steelers and Penguins.

Deceased is her husband of 50 years, John A. Darby Jr., an infant son Shaun Grant Darby, a brother Ulysses Grant Stickel (Laura) of Richmond, VA., a sister Margaret Parham (Bill) of Powhatan, VA., a sister-in-law Priscilla Shaw (Kermit) of Richmond, VA., a sister-in-law Donna Darby of Berea, OH, and a son-in-law Thomas Boyer of Washington, PA.

Surviving are three children, John A. Darby (Lauretta) of Canonsburg, Kathie Boyer of Washington, and Tami Norton (Kevin) of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Shauna Piedrahita (Ron), John M. Darby (Martine), Jennifer Tullio (Aaron), Michael and Maeve Norton; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Emma Darby, Luca and Casey Tullio, and Julie Piedrahita; brother-in-law Gene Darby of Berea, OH, and sister-in-law Blanche Darby of Brownsville, PA. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Friday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Behm Funeral Homes, 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Barb McMillan officiating. Immediately following the service a luncheon will be held at the Jefferson Community Center, Jefferson. Following the luncheon we will have a procession to Acklin Cemetery, Brownsville for interment. Condolences may be expressed at www.behm-funeralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, 112 W Pike St, Canonsburg, PA 15317, Servant Song Ministries 720 E Greene St, Waynesburg, PA 15370, or the American Heart Association, POB 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or online at www.heart.org.