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Darla Lynnette Dove, 81, of Duncan, Oklahoma passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at her home with her family at her side.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Heritage Oaks Nazarene Church with Randy Southerland officiating, interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, Oklahoma, and arrangements have been entrusted to the family care of Carter-Smart Funeral Directors.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m. at the Carter-Smart Funeral Home.
Darla was born Oct. 24, 1935, in Comanche, Oklahoma, to Elmer and Alma (Ellis) Willmon.
She is survived by three daughters, Debra Kay Simmons, of Duncan; Sheila and her husband Robert Corp, of Duncan; Monica Kim Wilkinson, of Duncan; a son Victor Lynn Dove and wife Sharon, of Meridian; two sisters, Pat Barnes, of Duncan; Linda Cheek and husband Ben, of Meridian; a brother Jim Willmon and wife Janie, of Waurika; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerry and Ron Willmon; her son, Steven Lee Dove; a grandson, James Dove; a granddaughter, Ashley JorDan Weaver.
Darla learned early the value of hard work and self-sufficiency growing up on a farm, which served her well her entire life. She often worked three jobs to support her family including working at the Sunray Refinery and as a supervisor for Duncan Regional Hospital. By the age of 3, she was already exhibiting signs of outstanding artistry skills and creativity. Her greatest joy and accomplishment was creating handmade, beautiful, porcelain dolls including designing their own original dresses. Her creative talents also helped to support her family as she sold much of what she created.
Darla loved her family and devoted her life to taking care of and being there for them. When asked a few days before her death what she thought her greatest accomplishment was, she answered without hesitation, that it was her kids. Her children knew this to be true. She was their "Rock" and best friend.
Darla was a woman of faith and always knew that God would take care of her. She was mischievous, always finding humor in the most difficult of situations. She loved life and adventure and was always planning her next project. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Online condolences may be sent to www.cartersmartfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 7, 2016
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