Lila J. Darling

Born: Fri., Nov. 4, 1932
Died: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Nov. 04, 2017
Location: Eldred United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Nov. 04, 2017
Location: Eldred United Methodist Church

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Lila Jean Robson Darling, 84, of North Chili, NY returned to her heavenly home on October 28, 2017. Her devotion to her family and her abiding trust in God supported her gave her peace.
Jean was born on November 4, 1932 to the late Robert J. and Hazel Robson, both respected life-long residents of Eldred, PA. Jean was a graduate of Eldred High School and attended one-year at Roberts Wesleyan College where she met the love of her life Richard. She married Richard Morse Darling, on June 12, 1954 in Port Allegany, PA. In 1953, she graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College. She taught school for several years near Albany, NY while her husband completed school.
Jean was blessed with a large and loving family and her true calling and passion was being a homemaker and raising four wonderful sons. Jean was a perfect match for Richard. Her support, love and devotion to him was evident to all. Together they raised their children with patience, discipline and humility. From the very beginning, she dedicated her children to God and encouraged them follow the Lord with all their hearts. Their home was filled by her warm spirit of hospitality and generosity. She loved to travel, do ceramics, was actively involved in community services such as teaching English as a second language and the Christian Women’s Association. She held deep and abiding friendships and was very proud of her family legacy.  
Jean is survived by, Richard her of husband of 63 years; her sons Jim (Carolann) of Groton, NY, Ed (Donna) of Baldwinsville, NY, Tom (Miki) of Rockville, MD and Bill (Beth) of Amherst, NH. Grandchildren: Jamie, Amanda, Danielle, DeAnna, Paul, Lydia, Caleb, Alexis, Sam, Isabella, and Ezra. Great Granddaughter: Iris. Her Grandchildren were a tremendous joy in life. She was predeceased by her brothers, John Robson and Earl Robson and her parents.
Friends may call Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at United Methodist Church in Eldred, PA. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am. Officiated by Pastor Paul Livermore, Ph.D. Burial will be at the Lamphier Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 pm, November 11, 2017 at Pearce Memorial Free Methodist Church, North Chili, NY. Officiated by Orrin Bowman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roberts Wesleyan College “The Roberts Fund,” in memory of Jean at

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Rebekah Trittipoe
   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
The passing of a loved one is so difficult. May God grant you an extra measure of grace and perspective in this heavy time of grieving.

Steve 7 Diane Daycock
   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
Please know that we are all thinking of you, Dr. Dick, Ed, Donna and the rest of the family. Some people, especially Jean, come into our lives and leave 'footprints' on our hearts and we are never the same. Jean was a beautiful lady and will be missed dearly.

tish manning
   Posted Thu November 02, 2017
To the Darling Family,
You are in my thoughts & prayers at this difficult time.
May you hold tightly to your cherished memories.
with love,
friend of Bill & Beth & family

Mark G Wheaton
   Posted Thu November 02, 2017
It has been my pleasure to know Jean and her family for nearly 40 years. Her persona was one of kindness, propriety, class, and grace. Always a charming hostess, she would make you feel like part of the family. She was an elegant lady in definition and practice. It is with tremendous sorrow and loss, that Darla and I extend our deep sympathy and love to Dick, Jim, Ed, Tom, Bill, and their extended families. She will be fondly remembered, respected, and missed by all.

Mark G Wheaton
North Chili, NY and Wolfeboro, NH

Richard L. Darling
   Posted Fri November 03, 2017
Uncle Dick and the family. Aunt Jean was a wonderful person. She is at peace with the angels. Our hearts are with you.
From the Darling family in St. Louis