Darlene Fae Barrow was born on November 24, 1933, the oldest child of George Allen Barrow and Exa Dee Meckel Barrow. She died on Sunday, February 22, 2009.
She was born and raised in Sonora, Texas, where she graduated from Sonora High School in 1952. On July 11, 1952, she married Jerrel Reid Hardesty at the Episcopal Church in Sonora.
The couple lived in Corpus Christi, Midland, Houston, New Jersey and Galveston. After her husband’s death, Darlene moved to her beloved ranch in Schleicher County, Texas, where she spent the remainder of her years.
Darlene was predeceased by her mother in 1944, by her husband in 1988, by her only sibling, George A. Barrow, Jr. in 1997, and by her father in 1998. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Her children are Danny L. Hardesty and wife Brenda of Eldorado, Texas, Lisa Gail Hardesty Brown of Eldorado, and Exa Ann Hardesty Garcia of Austin, Texas. Darlene’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Kyle Tillman Brown, wife Leighanne and son Paxton of San Angelo, Texas; Samantha Fae Brown of Eldorado; Doug Hardesty and wife Shaina of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kristi Garcia Fagg, husband Robert, and children Alex, Serenity and Robert of California; Ray Besa of Austin; and Lucas Garcia, wife Sabrina and soon-expected daughter Gabriela Grace of Austin, Texas.
Darlene was extremely proud of her West Texas heritage. Her father George Barrow owned the only jewelry store in Sonora for many years. Her grandfather Ben Meckel owned and managed several large ranches in Sutton and Schleicher Counties. Her maternal great-grandfather J. L. Davis, served as a Texas Ranger and as sheriff of Sutton County. Darlene continued those family traditions by carefully preserving and managing the ranch she inherited from her grandfather.
Next to her family, Darlene’s ranch was her greatest joy. She spent many happy hours searching for arrowheads, planting flower gardens near her home, observing wildlife and simply enjoying the outdoors. She amazed her grandchildren by fearlessly killing rattlesnakes with hoes, rocks or any handy tool. She was an excellent shot whether she was hunting deer or ridding her yard of destructive varmints. She enthusiastically participated in soil, grass and water conservation programs.
The family thanks Fazlur Rahman, M.D. and his staff for keeping her with us for as long as possible after her diagnosis of multiple myeloma. We thank Schleicher County Nursing Home, Meadow Creek Nursing Home, and Hospice of San Angelo for their tender care during her final days.
We particularly want to thank Marsela Mejia for being such a kind-hearted and loving friend to our Momma and Granny. We know that friendship meant so much to her over the years.
Family visitation was held at Johnson’s Funeral Home in San Angelo on Thursday, February 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 27, followed by a luncheon at the church and then interment at London Cemetery in London, Texas.
For those who wish to make memorial contributions, the family asks they be made to West Texas Boys Ranch or Hospice of San Angelo.
“A precious one from us has gone; a voice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant in our home that never shall be filled.”