God called Loretta Darling to her eternal home on May 8, 2013. Loretta was in good health, and passed away suddenly.
Born October 18, 1942, in West Stewartstown, N.H. to Harley and Mabel Hook. Loretta went to school in a one room schoolhouse, until she moved to Northville in first grade.
Loretta’s earthly riches were her family and friends. She married George W. Darling, who died in February of 1990, and had seven children, Shawn, Heidi, Seth, Trina, Naomi, Bodie, and Aaron.
Loretta was employed at Allen & Palmer True Value Hardware in Northville, where the employees were like family members, and she touched the community in many other ways, including the Northville Historical Society, Northville Girls, and by planting flowers everywhere she spent time, either at home or in the boxes in front of Allen and Palmer on Main Street. We will forever remember Grandma’s flowers.
She was a member of the Northville Baptist Church, serving as Sunday School teacher, as well as many other capacities over the years, including missions committee and VBS teacher. Loretta will always be remembered for her commitment to church and her love for missions and missionaries.
Survivors include her children, Shawn (Stacey), Heidi, Seth (Trinidad “Bebot”), Trina, Naomi (Cliff Parker), Bodie (Elizabeth), and Silja – Aaron’s wife.
Loretta is also survived by cousins, nieces, and nephews, including her niece, Sandra Bennett, who she thought of as a sister; and her two best friends, Dorothy Edwards and Nancy Jensen; and a menagerie of animals.
Some of her best memories were times spend with family, and she especially cherished the times she was able to get together with her grandchildren, Alison, Lauren and Andrew Parker, Yani and Ashton Darling, Kaela (Darling) Ford, Caleb and Michael Darling, Mariah, Mikayla and Sarah Darling. She was especially looking forward to the birth of another grandchild in Fairbanks, Alaska and the birth of her first great-grandchild in Hawaii.
Loretta was predeceased by her husband, George; her son, Aaron in 2009; her parents, Harley and Mabel Hook; her brothers, Stanley, Scott and Steve Hook; and her sister, who she cherished, Gertrude Grover.
A service to celebrate Loretta’s life will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Northville Baptist Church, 11 N. First Street, Northville at 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Missions Fund at the Northville Baptist Church. Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.