Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI


Joyce Arlene (Fulton) Darling

October 12, 1932January 30, 2020
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Joyce Arlene Darling (Fulton) died peacefully in Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan on January 30, 2020, in Lansing, Michigan at the age of 87.

Joyce is survived by her beloved husband, Kenneth of Saint John; son, Kerry (Carolyn) of Potterville, Brian (Kim) of Dewitt; daughter, Lori Darling of Garner, North Carolina; 7 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Joyce was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Allen.

Joyce was born on October 12, 1932 to Ernest Joseph and Frances Enid Fulton of Eaton Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1950. She married Kenneth, a mechanic with GM Oldsmobile in Lansing, on February 3rd, 1951. After moving to Mason, Michigan, she was a volunteer librarian for Steele Street Elementary School and worked for Scholastic Books. She began driving a school bus for the Mason school system and later became the bus driver supervisor for the Mason schools. She was on the Mason Travel Advisor Commission 1976 - 1982, she also volunteered for the Ingham County Election Board. After retirement, Joyce moved with Kenneth to Prudenville, Michigan, where she was the Secretary for Cherokee Village, volunteered for Mercy Hospital and enjoyed participating in painting classes.

Viewing will be held Monday, February 3rd from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, with funeral service on Tuesday, February 4, at 11:00am at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home of 621 S Jefferson St, Mason.

All are welcome to attend to celebrate Joyce’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan which provided such loving care to Joyce, or the Alzheimers Foundation.


  • Sparrow Hospice House of Mid Michigan
  • Alzheimers Association


  • Visitation Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020


Joyce Arlene (Fulton) Darling

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paul Fulton

February 1, 2020

Kerry and Family:

Our condolences to you and the Darling-Fulton Families who share your loss. We fondly remember your Mom from the Fulton Family Reunions. She was a lovely lady.

Paul and Jolinda Fulton
Homosassa, FL

Colleen Briggs

January 31, 2020

That smile, in the picture shown, is what I remember the day Mrs. Darling found me crying in the back of the bus at the end of her route. As a kindergartener I got put on the wrong bus and did not know it. She was so kind and assured me that she would get me to my Mom and she did.
Alzheimer's/dementia is a difficult disease to deal with as you lose your Mom twice. Once slowly. I dealt with this too. But now our Moms are in heaven and are back to their wonderful kind caring and loving self again. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Douglas Carpenter

January 30, 2020

As a co-worker and friend I will never forget Joyce's wonderful smile and love for life, her love for her children and her desire to make her world and the world in general, a better place. She will be missed by many, but the memories of this wonderful soul will live on.

Lori Darling

January 30, 2020

My mom was a special person. She cared about everyone, and put everyone before herself. She had a tender heart and cared for people.
Seeing her go through Alzheimer's was the hardest thing I could imagine.
Mom had a life that was vibrant and full of hope and dreams. She believed in dreams.
She believed everyone had value and had goals they could meet. She tried to encourage everyone.
She knew most of the students in Mason, and she liked all of them. She had a kind heart.
I will miss her so much. I loved the talks we had, and her ability to listen and just give good advice. She loved me and I knew she loved me. She was special in so many ways.
I'll miss you mom. I'll miss talking to you and hearing your advice. I'll miss your cooking and your crazy way of laughing at everything. I'll miss your pretty hands, your sweet smile, your wonderful soprano voice.
I love you mom, I always will. I will always miss your presence in my life. I was blessed to have you for so long, but it was not long enough.
I'll miss you so much.


Joyce Darling - 1978


Joyce Darling - Age 3


Joyce Darling - 1939 - 7 years old


Joyce Darling - 1978


Joyce Darling - Age 3


Joyce Darling - 1939 - 7 years old


Joyce Darling - Age 13 ?


Joyce Darling - 1948 - 16 years old



Joyce Arlene was born to Ernest Joseph and Frances Enid Fulton on October 12, 1932, in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.
She was their only child and they loved her unconditionally and she adored them. Her father was an upholsterer and her mother was a homemaker.

Joyce attended Eaton Rapids High School and graduated in 1950. She was an accomplished singer (soprano) and took piano, dance, singing and baton lessons. She excelled at anything she tried. Her parents doted on her and provided her with a warm, loving home.

Joyce sold hot dogs at the high school football games and that was how she met her beloved husband, Kenneth. He purchased a hot dog from her.
She thought he was handsome and he knew it. She thought he might be too vain about it. Kenneth went home from the game with Joyce on his mind. He said he was 'lovesick' over her. He could not eat or sleep for thinking of her. He thought she was the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen.

Kenneth and Joyce eloped on February 3, 1951. Kenneth worked as a mechanic for GM Oldsmobile in Lansing. They bought their first home in Mason, MI and raised all of their children there. They would have celebrated 69 years together on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Their first child, Kevin Allen was born on January 27, 1952. He was born with Spina Bifida, and the medical community at that time had little options for treatment. Sadly, Kevin passed away on his first birthday - January 27, 1953.

Joyce went on to have three more children: Kerry Allen, born November 4, 1953, Brian Joseph, Born March 11, 1958, and Lori Ann, born July 3, 1959. She was proud of all her children and their accomplishments. She had 7 grandchildren - Michele, Jennifer, and Melissa (Kerry), Brandon, Kayla, Lynea (Brian) and Angelina (Lori). She had 6 great grandchildren - Bryce, Ravi, Kylee, Norah (Melissa), Juli and Tyler (Jennifer).

Joyce taught herself how to decorate cakes, knit, and crochet. She loved baking cakes for various events and covering them in beautiful roses and flowers. She enjoyed knitting slippers and mittens for family and friends.

She loved to travel and would go anywhere at any time. They had a motor home and she loved to travel in it because it had a full kitchen and she loved to cook. She traveled to the Holy Lands as her first big trip out of the United States. After that she visited Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Alaska.

Joyce loved antiques and depression glass and acquired a beautiful collection of glassware. She used them on a regular basis as she believed they should be used, not just displayed.

Joyce was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011 and faced her disease with dignity and worked to remain independent for as long as she could. Kenneth provided most of her care up until she entered the hospice house on December 30, 2019.

The Sparrow Hospital Hospice House of Mid-Michigan provided wonderful and loving care for Joyce. They were kind and gentle with her.

Joyce passed away peacefully at 1:25am on Thursday, January 30, 2020. She passed as she lived, calmly, quietly, and with dignity.