Darlene Kiser McLaughlin, 72, of Charlottesville, Va., passed away peacefully at home with her family. She was born in Sugar Grove, W.Va., on Sept. 9, 1940, to the late Earl E. Kiser and Mabel Simmons Kiser.
She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Ward McNeil McLaughlin; two daughters, Gail M. Megahan and her husband, Renny Megahan, and Sandra K. McLaughlin and her husband, Myron Ripley, both of Charlottesville; sister, Bernadean K. Raney of Martinsburg, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Ellen M. Mitchell and her husband, Harold, of Sugar Grove, W.Va.; a very special grandson, Carter H. Megahan of Charlottesville, Va.; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Smith, of Brandywine, W.Va.; brother-in-law, Bill Raney, and niece, Keirsten Raney, both of Martinsburg, W.Va.
Darlene graduated from Franklin High School in Franklin, W.Va., and moved to Charlottesville in 1960 after marrying Neil McLaughlin. She was a member of Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous committees and was a member of the Adult Fellowship Class, where she served as president. She was an active member of Boy Scout Troop 37, where she served as Advancement Chair and on the Troop Committee. She also worked with the Stonewall Jackson Area Council helping to organize the Apple Harvest Camporee for 30 years and the Boy Scout Christmas tree sales for nine years. She previously served on the Administrative Board at the Wesley Foundation at U.Va.
She retired from the Summer Session Office at the University of Virginia, where she worked for 33 years. Darlene was a good planner and organizer. She enjoyed coordinating special events and meals for the church as well as the Boy Scouts. Many Scouts will remember her pizza parties and annual super trips. She especially enjoyed her family and their activities. In recent years, she spent time with family visiting their West Virginia home, Atlantic Beach, N.C., and The Homestead. She greatly enjoyed helping her grandson with homework, transportation to Boy Scouts, First Tee and planning special summer vacation destinations.
The family will receive family and friends at Hill and Wood Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a service of celebration at Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va., on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Lewis officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Sugar Grove, W.Va.
The family would like to express their special thanks to Dr. Linda Duska and Anita McCray at the Emily Couric Cancer Center and Christine Rogoskey and Allison Gollatz from Hospice of the Piedmont for their loving care during her illness.
Memorial donations can be made to Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church, 750 Hinton Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22902, or Boy Scout Troop 37, at Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church.
Friends may send condolences to her family at www.hillandwood.com.