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Ona Smith Darden

February 16, 1921December 7, 2011

DARDEN, ONA ELIZABETH SMITH, age 90, of Helena, Alabama, died Wednesday morning, December 7, 2011. She was born February 16, 1921 in West Blocton, Alabama, and lived several years in the Tarrant community of Birmingham, Alabama. A Jefferson County High School graduate, Ona was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She served several years as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and was a long time member of Inglenook Church of Christ and more recently, Helena Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest E. Darden; her parents, Layton Hay Smith and the former Linnie Fountain; and her sons-in-law, J. Ronald Harris and James B. Gurley. Survivors include Ona's two daughters, Faith D. Harris of Birmingham and Anita D. Gurley of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Kelley Harris English (Alan), David Forrest Harris ( Sara), and Joel Darden Harris ( Carrie), all of Birmingham; great-grandchildren, Philip English, Anna Elizabeth English, Catlin Brooke Harris, Zachary Forrest Harris, and Emma Grace Harris; and Ona's special “sister," Jean Gurley. The family will greet friends from 11:30 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham, Alabama. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Birmingham.

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Steve & Sherry Philbeck

December 9, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories and knowing that she is rejoicing in a brand new body with her Heavenly Father bring you comfort. We love you!

December 9, 2011

My childhood memories at my Grandmother Barnett's home was made even better because of the Darden family. Mrs. Darden made many of my clothes and my friendship with Anita and Faith was wonderful. God has a special place for her in heaven. Janice Eades, Anniston, AL

Carla Valdes

December 9, 2011

I have known Mrs. Darden for so many years that I have lost count. She was a lovely lady that adored her family. My fondest memory of her was when she pierced my ears. I can still remember the sound of the needle as it went through my ear lobe. She was loving and reassuring to a young girl who was just a little nervous. She will always stay in my heart. She will be missed by all and honored as the giving, warm, and beautiful lady she became.

NC

December 9, 2011

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mrs Darden/Smith. May you find comfort and peace from the assurance at Psalm 147:3..He is heaing the broken hearted ones and binding up their painful spots. Continue to cherish the wonderfu memories she left as they become more precious in the days to come.

Life Enrichment

December 8, 2011

Mrs. Darden was a delight to care for at Fair Haven. She always greeted us with a smile. Her faith was evident and we rest assured she is in a far better place. We remember you all in our prayers and hope you find comfort in the days ahead.

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