Lana Sue Darnell

June 3, 1951 - March 28, 2004

Lana Sue Darnell went to be with the Lord after her courageous battle with cancer, March 28, 2004. She is survived by her loving son Gary Darnell, her brother Billy Lee Watkins, his wife, and a number of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Virgil (Jim) and T. Oneida Watkins. Born June 3, 1951 in McKinney, Texas. She was a life long member of Altoga Baptist Church. Lana was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to all. Lana’s laugh will forever live on in the hearts of all she touched. She worked at Homco for over 20 years and then became a nurse at Westpark Surgery Center in McKinney. The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Dr. Monte Jones and the staff of the North Texas Regional Cancer Center. A celebration of her life was held at Altoga Baptist Church, March 29 and a graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at Altoga Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lana Darnell Fund 3416 Cherry Blossom Lane, McKinney, Texas 75070.

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I'm missing Lana. But I could not ever wish for her to come back from Heaven! She is loving and praising the Lord and she is no longer in pain. I am thankful to have been with her when she took her last breath on earth. I will be thankful to reach Heaven's short someday and meet her there. She was a special person and is living on today in our home far away. Love, Charm Charm Cameron, September 23, 2006 Lana, I just wish I could have told you how much you meant to me and how very much I love you. I visited your grave today. I hope you could hear me talking about the good ole' days we had growing up in Altoga. Sharon Lee McCarty, September 24, 2005 GARY,I WANT YOU KNOW YOU HAD A GREAT MOM. ME AND MY SISTER GOT TO KNOW HER WHEN WE MOVED TO ALTOGA WHEN WE WERE KIDS. I REMEMBER YOU MOM LOOKED WHEN SHE WENT TO TOWN WITH YOUR GRANNIE. GRANNIE WOULD DRESS HER UP LIKE A LITTLE GIRL, BUT LANA WAS A LITTLE TOM BOY THAT WANTED TO WEAR BRITCHES AND RIDE HORSES. WE SPENT MANY TIMES AT THE GROCERY STORE OR AT WALMART AND TALK FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR. SHE ALWAYS HAD THE BIG SMILE ON HER FACE WHEN I'D SEE HER. I KNOW SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, BUT IF YOU LOOK UP IN THE HEAVENS YOU WILL SEE HER SMILING FACE. LANA SUE DARNELL, May 6, 2004 Gary, your Mom, Lana Sue, was my best friend throughout my entire childhood. She was always there for me. I will forever remember her spirit, her smile and her big heart. God be with her. Sharon Prince McCarty, April 29, 2004 Lana,my beloved, precious Aunt. You were and are much more than an aunt to me..you were a sister and a friend. All the good things in life. You brought laughter and sunshine everywhere you went and touched everyone's heart that knew you. No words can express how deeply I will miss you, until we meet again in Heaven one day. Gary, I luv you and you know you always have your family/friends to support and love you. you are our brother. Never feel alone. Patti Watkins Gardner, April 7, 2004 We are so sorry to hear of your loss Vivian! It sounds like she was a wonderful woman that touched alot of people's lives. Let the memories of the times you shared with her help you through this time. She was blessed to have you in her life also, and lucky to have such a great support group. Take care of yourself! Scott and Lisa Harrison, April 3, 2004 Gary, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was always so sweet and kind to me and I will never forget her smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I miss you and hope that if you ever need anything you know I'm always here. JRenee77@hotmail.com Julie R. Hendrickson - Williams, April 2, 2004 I never had the chance to meet Lana,but I knew of her thru Vivian and Patti.She was someone they loved very much and I got to know of her through them.I,m saddened at her family's loss,but I know she went straight to Heaven!Take care all! Susan Dennison, April 1, 2004 My dear sweet aunt...I will miss you forever. Life as we know it will never be the same without you. You were beyond special and so pure and good...much too good for this earth. You make me want to be a better person, Lana. I will see you later, sunshine. :) Nicole S Watkins, April 1, 2004 Gary, We are so sorry for your loss, but always know that she is with you in your heart. A mother's love will never fade. We did not have the chance to meet your mother, but by the memorials she was a wonderful and spirtitual person. Know that we are thinking about you and your family and praying for you at this time. We love you Gary and let us know if there is anything we can do for you and your family. Dr. Donna K. Flores, Lorrie, Sheryl, Suzanne, & Teresa Donna K. Flores, April 1, 2004 Always remember...Life is: the places we experience, the people we meet and the friends we make along the way. And then, there are those we bring into our inner circle and love deeply. All which create beautiful memories. Life is a journey. Cherish the journey you have had with your beloved Lana. God Bless. Terri Callahan (JCP associate of Vivian Berg), April 1, 2004 I only knew Lana for a short time through the eyes of her niece Vivian. She was a special person and greatly loved. She will be dearly missed. My deepest sympathy to all of her family. Lana, rest in peace. Diana Robinette, April 1, 2004 Lana's sweet smile and laugh. And her big wide hugs. She just brightened the room. She made you feel good. Now they're celebrating in heaven. And she's brightening the place up there too. Von Roy Dunn, April 1, 2004 Gary, dear I met your mother just a few years ago. The few times we had a chance to talk she left an impression on me that will never fade. I don't have to tell you how special she was you know. But, I do want to tell you how special you are to have had such a wonderful person as a mother and role model. Just remember all that has shown you. It has to be good cause she was Christ like. With warm memories, Galyn Galyn Olivieri, March 31, 2004 Gary (Sweetpea), My heart goes out to you and the whole family and I am here when ever you need me anytime day or night. Please know that Lana was very loved and will deeply be missed. I feel very special to have know her. Lana was truly a very loving and kind woman and I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. She was a true friend and loved people very much. I know that she must have been the best mother in the whole world to you and she loved you so very much and was so proud of you, Gary you are the best son a mother could hope to ever have and you did such a good job taking care of your mom. Please call me when things get settled down. Love Ya! Connie Connie DeTarville, March 31, 2004 Gary, I am so sorry for your loss. Lisa Rutledge, March 31, 2004 I would like to thank Gary and Lana for touching my life. I had the pleasure of meeting both of you at the Altoga Baptist Church when I sang and played for you on a beautiful Sunday morning. Lana was so friendly and made me feel so good and welcomed me with open arms. I will never forget her. She was a warm and loving person and I know God is pleased to have her with him now. Gary I wish you all the good fortune you can have and hope to see you again real soon. Love, Janet Janet Cave, March 31, 2004 I loved my Aunt LANA more than I can express..we were only 10 yrs apart and not only was she my aunt but we were dear friends...I am going to miss her but I know she is with my grandmother & grandfather among others we have lost.I love you Lana!!!! Vivian Marie Watkins-Berg, March 31, 2004 Gary,Bill and I know that Lana is an angel now and she is watching over you.My life has been enriched by knowing her.She will always be that little girl I knew when Bill and I married.She has always had a childs laughter and sweet spirit.I have such peace in my heart now knowing she is at home with no more pain.She is laughing in Heaven now, and it wont be long before we will all be there with her and she is waiting for us.You will always be in our prayers.You are the best son any mother could have.Take comfort in knowing you gave your all for her while she was here.Her love will be with you always.May God's riches blessings be with you. Carolyn Watkins, March 31, 2004 You were truly a ray of sunshine to our family. We will miss you terribly. God bless you and smile down on us as we wait to join you in the heavens. We love you. Sylvia & Mike Hodges & Family, March 31, 2004 Gary, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother is in a better place now and she smiles down on you everyday. She couldn't have asked for a better son than you. You both are in my prayers. Carly Larsen, March 31, 2004 Lana was the kindest soul I've ever known and a strong Christian. I'm so sad to see her leave this earth, but I feel so peaceful and happy knowing she is no longer suffering and is with God. I love her so very much and pray for us all to live as beautifully as she did. Kresta Amber Hodges, March 31, 2004 Gary, your mother was a wonderful person and she made you a wonderful man. My prayers are with you and yours. Keri A Sims, March 31, 2004 Lana Sue was such a special person.All that knew her were blessed.Her presence here on earth will be missed greatly but in heaven there is rejoicing.Patricia and I will pray for her family. Pat Cameron, March 31, 2004 I worked out with Lana and she went to Florida on vacation with us one year . She was a dear happy person that knew God as her personal savior . He took your hand dear friend,and led you from this place. He chased away your doubts and fear , wiped the tears from off your face . I will never forget you and cherish your friendship always love you . Katie Wiser, March 31, 2004 LAKE TEXOMA-ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS-I FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE KNOWN HER. DONNA S. HOLT, March 31, 2004 My heart is broken and I lost a wonderful childhood friend whom I loved dearly. Lana and Gary were a big part of my life and my childrens lives. I will miss that big smile that always touched my heart. Paula Jo Fowles, March 30, 2004 Gary, I just found out about Lana. I am very sorry for your lost. I know there is nothing to say to make you feel better, but if there is any thing I can do for you let me know. I wish I had known Lana had been sick. I work with Bernice Bell and she is the one that confirmed my fear of it being your mother when I saw the news paper. God be with you Charlotte Denman, friend from the past. Charlotte Denman, March 30, 2004