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Dolores Jerene Darlington

August 24, 1930 ~ January 18, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Obituary

Our mother, Dolores Jerene Darlington, 92, of Battle Creek, passed away on January 19, 2023 in her home surrounded by her children.

Dolores was born on August 24, 1930 to George and Anna (Anderson) Stephens in Bena, MN. She grew up in Bemidji and graduated from St. Philip High School. She moved to Battle Creek in her early 20’s and on January 4, 1955, she married Ronald K Darlington. They were a handsome couple both having red hair and brown eyes. Together they raised five red-haired children. Mom said we were like Garrison Keillor’s fictional Lake Wobegon families, “Where the women are strong, the men are good looking and all the children were above average,” and we believed her. Ronald preceded her in death February 21, 2002.

Dolores is survived by two daughters, Nanette Brown, Lorraine (Paul) Swafford and two sons, John (Barbara) Darlington and Richard (Donna) Darlington; eleven grandchildren; and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Sisters Alice Vickery and Kathy Lindahl (Al), and cousin Kay Lynn Courter (Greg) and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by husband, Ronald Kenneth Darlington; her son, Ronald Darlington. Parents, George and Anna Stephens and three brothers, George, Arnold and James Stephens,

We were very fortunate to have a stay-at-home mother. She nurtured us, loved us unconditionally and was the prayer warrior for all of us. Even the great-grands knew who to go to for intercessory prayer. She was the best mother for us.

A special thank you to friends and neighbors, Denese and Jon Hazel who helped and watched over her. Blanche Wilson neighbor of 40 years. Dr James Maher and the Oaklawn Hospice Team who made her last months at home comfortable.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2023, 12 pm - 1 pm at Kempf Family Funeral & Cremation Services, 2838 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek, MI 49015, where a memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. Deacon Al Bell will officiate the service and private interment will take place in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be given in her name to the Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries or Haven of Rest Ministries. Please visit https://www.kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, sign the guest book, and leave condolences for the family. For assistance with memorials please visit the funeral home.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 3, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
2838 Capital Ave SW
Battle Creek, MI 49015
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Memorial Service
Friday
February 3, 2023

1:00 PM
Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
2838 Capital Ave SW
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Guaranteed delivery before the Memorial Service begins

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August 24, 1930-January 18, 2023




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Donations

Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries
448 N Burdick St, Kalamazoo MI 49007
Tel: 1-269-345-2974
Web: https://www.kzoogospel.org/

Haven of Rest Ministries
11 Green St., Battle Creek MI 49014
Web: http://www.thehavenbc.org/

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