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Darlene Brown Baxter, 74, of Sulphur Springs died Sunday February 3, 2013 at her home. Funeral services will be held at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home 2:00 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013 with Rev. Mike Shupp officiating. Burial will follow in McDonald cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday 6-7 P.M.
Darlene was born in Direct, Texas August 7, 1938 a daughter of William Joseph and Lillie Lee Smith Brown. She married Howard Preston Baxter on July 16, 1954 in Clovis, New Mexico. They spent 46 years together enjoying going to flea markets and antiquing. They raised 6 children of their own and raised a grandson, Chip Thomas, after the death of their daughter, Brenda. There were many other children they considered their own. They also enjoyed spending time with their family playing games and cards. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard; daughter, Brenda D. Baxter; brothers, Bill, Jimmie “Buddy” and J.W. Brown; and a sister, Elsie Young.
She is survived by children Paula Brown, Howard Baxter, Jr. and wife Deana; Sandra Dawson all of Sulphur Springs; Glenda Wood and Jeff Sessums of Paris and Trish Bounds and husband John of Blossom; grandchildren Chris Baxter, Chip Thomas, Christi Long, Carolyn Rigby, Cory Moore, Brian Baxter, Tabitha Blackburn, Jason Wood, Justin Wood, Amanda Dawson, Jordan Dawson, Derek Atnip; 18 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild and numerous others that were family to her that called her “grandma”. She is also survived by a sister Jewell Ellsworth of Cooper and brothers Rex Brown of Venus and David Lewis (PQ) of Lubbock.
Pallbearers will be Howard Baxter, Jr., Brian Baxter, Justin Wood, Jordan Dawson, Derek Atnip, James Baxter, Jr., Chris Baxter and Caton Thomas. Honorary pallbearer will be John Bounds.
Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A mass is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6th, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Father Morgan White officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
Mrs. Wiljakainen, the daughter of Henry & Marie Labonte LaFond, was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Gardner, Mass.
On Sept. 6, 1938, she married Amos W. Wiljakainen, building fifty-seven years of family and memories before his death on July 15, 1996.
She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.
Her parents and a grandson, Christopher, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Lynn Taylor & husband David of Paris, a son, Alan Wiljakainen & wife Jeannette of CA, grandchildren, Mark, Lisa, Natasha, Danielle, Monique, Shawna and Sean, great grandchildren, Colin, Dabin, Caitlyn, Travis, Gavin, Shiloh, Faith, Kaiden, Angelique, Santiago and Isaiah along with several nieces and nephews.
To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.