Cleo Genevieve Darby, 97, of McCamey, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the Senior Care Nursing Home in Midland.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012, from 9am until 8pm, with the family being present from 5pm to 7pm at the Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home in McCamey. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1pm at the Hillis and Hardwick Funeral Home Chapel in Zanesville, Ohio. She will be entombed along with her husband at the Zanesville Memorial Park.
Cleo was born on August 7, 1914 in Zanesville, Ohio to John Earl Harris and Hazel Lampton Harris.
Family was most important to Cleo. She had even left school in the tenth grade to go to work at the ice cream store to provide for her family. Working there she met the love of her life, Thomas Julian "Juke" Darby. They married on June 20, 1936 in Zanesville. They moved to Texas in October of 1973. Cleo was known for her cooking and baking, and she was still baking for her family until October of 2011 at the age of 97. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, as well as gardening.
At the age of 59, she attended Midland College to obtain her Dietary Certification. She cooked at the McCamey Hospital and Nursing Home until she retired at the age of 72. In 2006, Cleo published "Cleo's Recipes" which is now in its second printing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Julian "Juke" Darby on December 13, 1984; her parents, John Earl Harris and Hazel (Lampton) Harris Gatton; six siblings, Louise Watts, Verna Adams, Earl Harris, Doris Wilson, Claire Stotts, and Ray Gatton; and two step sisters, Ruth Highnam, and Dorothy Steinmitz.
Cleo is survived by her two daughters, Joanne Darby of McCamey, and Sue Keyser and her husband Bob of Columbus, OH; four sons, Thomas Darby Jr. and his wife Louise of Columbus Grove, OH, Dick Darby and his wife Sonie of Zanesville, OH, Jim Darby and his wife Jacquie of Midland, TX, and Doug Darby and his wife Kris of Odessa; one brother, LeRoy " Gee" Gatton and his wife Mary of Zanesville, OH, a sister, Charlene Smitley of Duncan Falls, OH; 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Home Hospice, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, Texas 79701.