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Official Obituary of

Darlene R. Pollard

November 18, 1960 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old

Darlene R. Pollard Obituary

Darlene R. Pollard passed away peacefully on February 24, 2024, in Smiths Station, Alabama. She was born on November 18, 1960, in Opelika, Alabama,

Darlene's life was a testament to the power of love and the strength of family bonds. She is survived by her adoring daughters, Naomi Miller and Melinda Trussell; her nephew, Chris Wilson, whom she cherished as her own child; her beloved grandchildren, Tabitha Tasker, Maygan Miller, Jordan Miller, Laila Lane, and Logen Lane; her caring siblings, Brenda Wilson, Jennifer Hamilton, and Deirdra Peterson; and numerous nieces and nephews who were all bright stars in her universe. Her faithful canine companion, Lucy, was a source of constant joy and comfort. Darlene was preceded in death by her sister, Kimberly Talley, and her mother, Betty Hill, both of whom had instilled in her the values of kindness and perseverance.

Darlene's professional life was a reflection of her innate ability to see the extraordinary within the ordinary. After retiring from the C.O.O.R. ISD in Roscommon, Michigan, she left behind a legacy as a gifted teacher who dedicated her career to children with special gifts. Her love for her school, her students, and her fellow educators was evident in every lesson she taught and every life she influenced. Darlene's analytical mind, combined with her passionate heart, made her a beloved figure in the educational community.

Her interests were as vibrant and varied as the hummingbirds she adored. Darlene found joy in the simple pleasures of life, from savoring a hot cup of coffee paired with a sausage biscuit to indulging in her love of shopping. Country music filled her home with melodies that resonated with her soul, and nothing brought her more happiness than spending time with her cherished grandchildren.
 

In celebrating Darlene's life, we are reminded of the impact one person can have on the world. She showed us that to live passionately is to live fully, to love deeply is to truly see others, and to leave a mark on this earth is to nurture the gifts within each person we meet. Darlene R. Pollard's story is one of unwavering love, a passion for life, and the enduring power of education. Her light will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who were blessed to know her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Darlene's name to the Special Olympics - Ways to Donate (specialolympics.org) or the Valley Haven School Donate | Valley Haven School.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home directing. 

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