Geraldine McClure Darling
1929 – 2016
Geraldine (Gerry) Darling went to be with God on June 21, 2016 as her husband, Jack, their 5 children and 2 grandsons were at her side.
Gerry was born on November 15, 1929 to James Gordon and Dorothy Grace McClure in Los Angeles, California, where she was raised.
She attended the University of California at Davis where she met the love of her life, Jack Darling. They were married on August 25, 1951 and started a family right away; eventually moving back to live in the L.A. area. In 1967 Jack and Gerry visited the Seattle Area, loved the beauty, and moved to Snohomish in 1968. In 1971 they moved to Redmond and finally in 2002 built a home in Arlington.
Gerry had a unique passion for nurturing and beautifying everything living in her yard; she spent countless hours outdoors beautifying her yard.
Gerry was always crafting gifts for her family, always giving of herself in what she created.
Along with her husband Jack, she was a shining example of the importance of unconditional love, unselfishness through sacrifice and good-naturedness, always wearing a smile. Throughout life’s changes, she always had a sense of humor.
In 1994 their son-in-law passed away and Jack and Gerry spent the next eight years helping their younger daughter, Dianna, raise her 2 young sons - Austin and Cantrell.
As Gerry became disabled later in her life, she always remarked to her family how blessed she was to have the loving care of her husband Jack, who, in turn would tell the family that HE was the blessed one, to have the honor of caring for her.
Gerry is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jack, their 5 children - David, Meredithe (Ibrahim), Tim (Sheila), Dianna (Erik), and Tom (Julie), seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, her brother Robert McClure (Virginia) of Laguna Hills, California, numerous nieces and nephews, and Josie, whose daughter-like love and care through the years was and is appreciated.
There will be a memorial celebrating Gerry’s life at a later date.
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