Darlene Armstrong was born and raised in Georgia. She began her journey on this Earth as a wonderfully sweet child who loved her siblings and parents dearly. She would go on to keep that same kind spirit as she helped care for her ailing mother in her earlier years and one of her adult daughters in the final years.
Born and raised in the church, Darlene Armstrong was a fierce woman of God who made sure her daughters were aware of where her faith and strength originated. She valued a true relationship with God and was a lifelong student of the Bible. She had a voice that could move you to tears when she sang and fingers that could make you want to jump and shout when she played the organ.
Darlene helped instill in her daughters a love of classic hymns, gospel, and contemporary Christian music. Never to be pigeonholed, she had her kids singing along and swaying to everyone from Mahalia Jackson, Kirk Franklin, and O’Landa Draper to Yanni, Charlotte Church, and anything Michael Flatley – fancy feet anyone?
Always ever mindful of letting God shine through her, Darlene was giving to everyone she met. She took care of others, often at the expense of herself, without an expectation of recognition. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would've ever labeled her as selfish or unkind.
Darlene took on the challenges of having three kids aged 3 and under with grace. Though she was petite and often soft-spoken, Darlene had an intensity about her that dared her kids to cross her. Her kids said, “Yes, ma’am!” to everything from eating chicken liver to assisting her in her role as grillmaster of the family. She was ahead of her time in loving to document everyday moments in photos, a trait she definitely passed down. In doing so she gifted her family memories that will bring smiles for years to come.
Darlene taught her family the meaning of true determination with her drive to never let her circumstances limit her possibilities. She had a desire to try new things and a true thirst for knowledge. Darlene could show you how to wrap gifts like an expert and work a runway like a model. She was an amazing woman who took on so many roles in her lifetime.
Darlene reminded those around her that we should celebrate her life when her time had come. In the words of one of her favorite classic gospel songs, she knew she was “Going up yonder to be with my Lord!”
Darlene is survived by her daughters Sarah (Matt), Rebecca (Johnny), and Tabitha; grandchildren Christian "Chris", Elizabeth "Ellie", and Taylor “Naomi”; and countless cousins.
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