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Services for Darline Imogene Patricia Baldwin will be 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service with Reverend Dave Mewbourne officiating. Burial will follow at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens. Darline took her eternal flight to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at Wood Manor Nursing Home after a long illness. She was 81.
Darline was born in Bushyhead, Okla. on Nov. 7, 1934 to Arlie Virgil and Mary Jane (Brown) Freeman. Her young years were spent in Pryor and Claremore. Before moving to Claremore, she, along with her mother and her sister, Betty were in the great tornado that hit Pryor in 1942. The three of them were kneeling by their bed praying when the whole house lifted off its foundation and blew away. The only thing left was the bed they were kneeling at and a small brick chimney that partially crumbled on Darline. God's protection that day helped establish a life-long faith that she passed on to her children. After the tornado, she moved to Claremore were she was educated in the Claremore Public Schools system.
At the tender age of 16, she married her husband, George Baldwin. Gorge was a widower and had been married to Bessie Griffin.
They had five children: Bill Baldwin, Jim Baldwin, Chester "Whoopy" Baldwin, Jerry Baldwin Fretz and Georgie Baldwin Lamb. When Darline and George married they had two children, Fabian Baldwin Rines and Darrel Baldwin. She always enjoyed her large family. Darline and George, along with the children, lived in Springfield, Missouri and Devine, Texas before they settled in Claremore where she lived until her passing.
She worked for Humpty Dumpty in the Ne Mar Center as a cashier for 18 years. After their closing, she went to work at Nu Par Manufacturing. When she retired, she became active in the Senior Companion program where she assisted the ladies with day to day activities. She also did volunteer work with the American Diabetes Association and the March of Dimes. For a short time, she had Darline's Darling Dachshunds. She bred dachshund puppies and this began her love for them, and had four of her own: Minnie, Lady, Pearl and Oscar. Darline also had her own business, Darline's This and That Antique Store. She loved shopping and also traveling at every opportunity.
One of her greatest joys was to have a large family dinner and be with her children. She hosted several get-togethers over the years and always had good food for everyone, and 'the more the merrier' was her motto. She was affectionately known as "Nanny" to everyone. Dean Martin and George Strait were her favorite entertainers. She made it her goal to see George Strait in concert; when she finally did she was absolutely thrilled.
Darline was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and cousin. All of our family will miss her tremendously. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Betty and six grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Published on September 1, 2016
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