Darlene Ann Nelson, a beloved school teacher and a devout Christian, passed away on October 9, 2023, at the age of 85. She was born in Kerens, Texas, on April 12, 1938, to Melba Louise Darby Rea (mother) and Lloyd Bradford Rea (father).
Darlene's life was dedicated to the nurturing and education of young minds. She embarked on her journey as a school teacher after completing her education at Kerens High School and Texas A&M Commerce. Her passion for learning and teaching ignited a spark in her students' hearts, leaving an indelible mark on countless lives throughout her celebrated career.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Darlene's true joy came from being a mother to her children, Delta Mattingly and Kelly Bruce Berry. To them, she was not only a source of unwavering love and support but also their guiding light through life's challenges. Her dedication to her family extended to her role as a grandmother, through which she found immense happiness watching her grandchildren grow and flourish.
A woman of great faith, Darlene found solace in the church community that she held dear to her heart. She cherished the moments spent attending services, surrounded by like-minded individuals who shared her devotion to spirituality. It was this unwavering faith that helped guide Darlene throughout her life.
In addition to her strong faith, Darlene was known for her vibrant personality. Always beaming with joy and radiating positive energy wherever she went, she had an infectious smile that could light up any room. Those who knew Darlene can attest that she embraced life with unyielding enthusiasm and brought happiness to all who crossed paths with her.
Outside of the classroom and church community, Darlene pursued various interests and hobbies. She delighted in attending sporting events where her children and grandchildren participated—the cheers of excitement erupting from the sidelines were ample evidence of her unwavering support. Movies, dancing, gardening, and dinners with friends also brought immense joy to her life.
Darlene Ann Nelson's passing leaves a profound void in the lives of those who knew and loved her. Her memory will be cherished by her surviving family and friends. As her Memorial Service approaches, family and friends will gather on October 19, 2023, at 1:00 pm at 15555 Stuebner Airline Rd, Houston, TX 77069. The service will be a testament to the remarkable impact Darlene had on everyone fortunate enough to have known her.
May we remember Darlene for her dedication to education, her unwavering faith, and the boundless love she possessed for her family and friends. Her legacy will live on through the lives she touched as they continue to carry her spirit forward.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to [charity name], in honor of Darlene's lifelong commitment to education and nurturing young minds.
Darlene Ann Nelson will forever be remembered as a nurturing mother, inspiring teacher, devout Christian, and an embodiment of joy. May she rest in eternal peace.