Darlene Marie Rush was born in Baltimore Maryland, on June 27, 1949. She was adopted at age 3 by loving parents, the late Frank and Viola Nickinin Magnolia. She was called home on March 1, 2020.
Darlene was devoted to her family and friends. She loved to talk and meet new people everywhere she went. Her children “were her heaven” and she adored her eleven grandchildren beyond measure.
Darlene loved all the little things in life. Sharing the things closest to her heart with the ones she loved…those were the moments that always took priority over everything else. Music filled her home and you could always find her dancing, laughing and smiling. She valued family more than anything and she'd often be found quietly sitting and taking it all in. She had a love of scary movies, collecting knickknacks, gardening, hummingbirds and fresh tomatoes from her garden. She loved family gatherings, the bigger the better! She loved cooking and teaching her children how to make the family recipes she enjoyed most from her childhood. She spoke often and fondly of her cousins, who she loved dearly. She loved the shore, crabbing, and endless days on the water. Most of all, she loved the outdoors and took every chance she could to teach her children how to camp, fish, garden and enjoyed canning everything they grew. Life with her was always an adventure, whether playing barefoot in river beds or running amuck exploring nature and new towns as often as possible. She never stayed still for long. She was spirited with a zest for life that was simply contagious. She was the biggest kid of all. She will be profoundly missed as she was loved by all who met her and more so by the ones she touched.
Darlene is survived by, and will be deeply missed by her soulmate and husband, John Wynes, her children, Dougie, Kimberly, Heather, Nicole and Natasha and her grandchildren Ashley, Corey, Jimmy, Aubrey, Kadin, Kayla, Dylan, Colin, Johnathan, Brittany and Chloe. As well as her nieces and nephews whom she adored, Tina, Renee, Ronnie and Frankie.
“But whether I'm the rose
Of sheer perfection
Or freckle on the nose
Of life's complexion
The cinder or the shiny apple of its eye
I gotta fly once
I gotta try once
Only can die once, right, sir?”
~ Funny Girl
Her wish was cremation. A Celebration of Life will be held in late Spring.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Diabetes Association .
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