March 23, 2012
Mrs. Darling was born in Alsen on June 23, 1927 to the late Reuben and Lillian Legg Christiana. She was the wife of the late John Byron Darling who predeased her on January 11, 1985.
Rita was a 60-year member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of Hose Co. #1 and the Catskill Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary. She loved to crochet, travel and camp. She was also a member of the First Reformed Church in Catskill.
She is survived by her three children: John (Eileen) Darling of Catskill, Gail Darling of Catskill, and Lillian Cole of Florida; eight grandchildren: John (Kellie) Darling III, Alicia (Joe) Helmedach, Stephen (Kimberly) Darling, Jennifer (Alex) Leon, Rodney (Nicole) Stacey, Candance (Vince) Polocano, Tiffany (Walter) Vargas, and Amanda (Anthony) Francese; twelve great-grandchildren who she loved dearly, in addition to several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four siblings.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 1 p.m. in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill with Rev. Vicky Eastland, Pastor of the First Reformed Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Ladie's Auxiliary will conduct services at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene at 47 Liberty St. Catskill, NY 12414 or the Ladie's Auxiliary of the Catskill Fire Company at 1 Central Avenue, Catskill, NY 12414. Electronic condolences may be posted at www.millspaughcamerato.com
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