Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our sister Ruth Darling, surviving spouse of Rev. Steven Darling, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 28, 2017.
Ruth was a partner in ministry with her husband, Steve serving the Foster City, Los Altos, Novato, Rancho Cordova, Redding, San Jose Alum Rock, Lafayette, and Lodi Salem churches before retiring in 1997. Ruth was a retired nurse, known for her funny, dry sense of humor and her sweet, gracious spirit. She loved to read, play solitaire, tend her rose garden and watch the Giants and A’s play baseball.
Memorial gifts may be made in Ruth’s name to First United Methodist Church, 200 West Oak Street, Lodi, CA 95240, to the United Methodist Committee on Relief at P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087, or to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498.
She is survived by 3 children, Kevin Darling of Portland, OR, Yvonna Wilson of Coquille, OR, and Cheri Darling-Romero of Lodi, CA, 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Condolences may be sent to the family at 511 Acorn Way, Lodi, CA 95242.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11am at the First United Methodist Church, Lodi. Rev. Lori Sawdon will preside.
Let us continue to give God thanks for Ruth’s life and witness and hold her family close in prayer. In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
P.O. Box 980250
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0250
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