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Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery

13313 North Kelley, Oklahoma City, OK

OBITUARY

Darlene Estes

November 17, 1944February 5, 2020
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What can be said in one paragraph or less to sum up Darlene Estes' life?

To begin, Darlene cared more for others than she did for herself. Meaning, Mom would do whatever it took to help anyone in need if they asked, no matter the obstacle; large or small, financial or emotional. Darlene Estes was the mother and friend that would never turn her back on you.

As a mother to 3 very stubborn boys and a wife to a truly strong-willed man, it was a wonder she ever made it to 30 let alone 75 years old! Mom was compassionate yet stern, strong-minded yet tender inside and out. Darlene Estes leaves behind three sons, Joe Estes and wife Michelle , Kenny Estes II and wife Shamaria , and Brian Estes; brother, Billy Burks and wife Mary; nine grandchildren, Shawnessey Ware, Chandler Estes, Abby Estes, Shianne Borror & husband Patrick Borror, Charlie Walker, Tyler, Traye, Tiana, & Tiara Estes, and two great-grandchildren, Lliam Gray Borror and Laney Ware. Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and beloved husband, Ken Estes.

Darlene retired from a full career of 32 years with the Edmond Public School System as one of its cafeteria managers. From there, she enjoyed the next few years touring the United States to see all the wonders and beauty this place has to offer. She saw everything from the smallest grains of sand on the California beaches, to the miraculous depths of the Grand Canyon, all the way to the bone chilling waters of Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist in Buffalo, New York. With each new destination, she would pocket another memory she could carry with her into eternity.

Darlene loved the occasional card game or dominoes with family and friends. She also enjoyed sitting on her deck listening to the squirrels and birds in the morning while drinking her coffee. To say that Darlene lived an active and full life would be an understatement. Darlene lived a life filled with memories of shared joy and excitement with others. She was one to always be the first to say hello. Darlene never met a stranger. If asked to sum up in one word the woman, mother, wife, family member, and friend Darlene Estes was to those who knew her it would have to be EXUBERANT but that's hard to spell, so let's just call her MOM.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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Judi Colley

February 12, 2020

Darlene and I worked closely while I was principal’s secretary at Santa Fe. She always had a smile and was so kind. I’m very sad to hear of her passing. She was a special person.

Dot Bailey

February 12, 2020

Darlene, not really a relative, but always felt like one. I always loved visiting Bud and Darlene, there was always fun and food. They had great kids and when we all got together, all the kids loved playing together. Darlene’s house was always open. The last few years we loved our Texas Hold’em games. They were very competitive, but so much fun. She had a beautiful smile, one I will always remember. I’ll miss you Darlene, but I know your in heaven with Ken having a good time with him.

Sean Hensley

February 12, 2020

A sweet lady, met her in the Santa Fe lunch room, always had a smile, a wonderful lady.

Shamaria Estes

February 10, 2020

Darlene always told me I was the daughter she never had. I well miss are talks. She was always like a mother to me. Always caring and understanding and always gave good advice when I needed it. Miss you so much!!!!

Kenny Estes II

February 10, 2020

As with many, we can all remember those special occasions that stand out the most, and help to put a smile on our face when we remember the joy and happiness Mom brought to us. I believe the bond that I shared one on one with my Mom was one that was unmistakably unbreakable. Although I have many memories of vacations, childhood, growing pains, moments of well disserved discipline, and praise from my Mom. My most precious memories of my Mom, are the ones when we did nothing at all but just sit in silence in one another's company and then talk to each other about how we were feeling in that moment. Happy or sad, energetic or exhausted. I will truly miss our time together on this earth but I know that one day we will be together again and you will open your arms to me and give me the welcome back hug I looked forward to with every time I saw you. I love and miss you Momma.

Brian Estes

February 9, 2020

What I remember and will miss the most about my mom, is her being that one friend I could always talk to. No matter what it was. It didn’t even matter if she agreed. She would always listen and I always knew she cared. I feel like I’ve lost my best friend. One that can never be replaced. I love you momma!

Sandy Taylor

February 9, 2020

Darlene is precious to me. She always made me smile. She would always stop and say good morning before proceeding with the day. God has called home an angel. To Darlene, thank you for being someone so beautiful.

Gayla Delay

February 7, 2020

My husband, Bob, and I have many fond memories of Darlene and her husband Ken. We first met them and their three young boys in Broken Arrow, OK at the Nazarene Church. We moved to Edmond in 1983. We reconnected with them in Edmond when they started attending Waterloo Nazarene Church.

Bob and I have many fond memories of eating and playing cards with Darlene & Ken. Darlene and I were partners against Ken and Bob in lots of card games in the mid to late 80’s. She was a cunning and a sly card partner! I remember Darlene and I winning our share of card games. I also remember the four of us laughing to the point of tears many times!

We once attended a couples retreat together while attending Waterloo Nazarene. We shared a room at the lodge. I remember the four of us sharing lots of jokes and lots of fun during this time also.

We believe Darlene is with Ken now in heaven. Bob & I look forward to “reconnecting” someday with old friends.





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