As you may or may not know, Darlene has had a chest cold most of this week, Sometime Weds night or early Thurs AM she got up to do something and fell. The aid that was suppossed to get her up yesterday found her on the floor. We know she was on the floor several hours but are unsure how long. She was taken to the ER where she started having trouble breathing, became unresponseive and slipped into a coma. We are not sure what causeed these issues but, the nurses and doctors do not think she will come out of it. She does not respond to voices or commands but, we are told she most likely can hear us. Breathing became harder all day yesterday and her lungs began filling up. Most of the enternded family (me included) went in last night for what we think are final "see you laters (because we will in heaven) and I love you's.
As of this AM she is still hanging on and her breathing is a small bit better. Darlene's mom and Sister (my mom) are with her and her 2 brothers are close at hand. We do not want to prolong this and we pray that the end comes quickly and with as little pain as possible
I will keep you posted and again please pass this on to people who may want to know. I will try to answer questions if I can
Well, it saddens me to write this but God decided he wanted a beautiful angel with Him in heaven today. He called our "sister" Darlene home to be with Him about an hour ago. Please keep her family in prayer.
This is a very sad day for all of Darlene's On line friends. We have met someone here L-O-L that has touched each and every one of our lives, and most of us have never even met Darlene. We will need to say many prayers to get us through this. Knowing that Darlene is dancing with God and His Angels right now makes me smile, but the earthly sadness of the event and the suddeness, will take some time. God bless you Darlene, you will never be forgotten. Prayers for Darlene's family, and her friends, of which she seemed to have millions. Darlene was rich in spirit, kind in heart, and strong in faith. And I am very proud to say she was a true friend.
Darlene will surely be missed, but our loss is God's gain. She was a truly special person and I for one will miss being able to chat with her in LO. This angel is enjoying being without pain and in the company of God.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die".
The doors of Heaven opened today and took in another angel for the Lord
She will be missed and we will be sad, but we would not want her back in more pain, she could not afford
The love she had for each of us will surely be missed
Each of our lives by her joy was kissed
So sweetie Darlene we rejoice this day
And for your loved ones we will pray
I"ve been away too long and just got the news from the chat room. My prayers go out for Darlene's family. And what a small world. It turns out that I may have met her after all. Her congregation in Hampton had adopted us when I was at the seminary and I had the honor of guest preaching there more than 25 years ago.
And Darlene will be waiting for each of us! Our Lord sent us His Son to take away our sin. We believe Jesus is our Savior just as Darlene did. Darlene is now in our Lords heaven. In heaven there is no chat room rule # 7 and 8. We will ALL sing together praises to our Lord.
Come Lord Jesus. Come quickly.
Thank you God for our sister Darlene, for being with her through her trials, and for taking her home to be with you and removing her from her constant pain. We will miss her, but know she is getting the green sofa ready in His mansion for the rest of us one day.
My prayers for Darlene and her family. I have saved her emails on my computer through the years. Glad I did now. She could make us laugh when she was in pain. She did say chat was her life line to the outside world and it meant alot to her. Last longer note I got from her was last day of Feb. Said she had spasms quite bad, and fell out of bed and hit her head. But she just went on to update me on how people were doing in chat. Anyone who had some strife or health issues. What a wonderful truly blessed person who got to know Darlene.
I feel I am one of them. The gift of laughter and her faith were inspiring.
I believe she is now without pain, trials, and strife...and so happy that she is no longer ever going to have to suffer again. I shall miss her deeply of course. But in just knowing her, I can hear her laughter and joy...I pray she knew how much she blessed us . God bless her, and all of her family. Linda in SD
This is from Brian's mom, who is Darlene's sister:
Thanks to each and every one of you that were friends with Darlene. She enjoyed and treasured each and every one of you. Her online friends were her link to the world outside of the care center.
The arrangements have been made: Visitation will be from 5-8pm, Tuesday March 29 at Sietsma-Vogel Funeral home in Hampton, Iowa. Funeral home does have a website you can obtain all the info also.
The funeral is on Wed. March 30 at 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.
She requested no flowers and would rather have memorials given to the church.
Cards can be sent to our mother:
925 1st St. NW
Hampton, Iowa 50441
Am sure she would enjoy how you knew Darlene and where you were from.
There is no medical explanation as to why she went into a coma after she fell. She did have fluid in her lungs and also other infections but neither of those should have caused the coma and there was no head injury from the fall.
I feel in my heart that it was God's way of sparing her from any more pain and suffering and was also a sign to us that the end was near. It was a blessing that she went this way rather than from the MS--God was surely looking out for her and her family.
Her suffering is over and for that I am very thankful!!
Thank you again and God Bless You All for helping her!!
My deepest sympathy to Darlene's family and friends. She has touched the hearts of many people with her sense of humor and a little wisdom thrown in and had not met them. She was planning a "purple" wedding for me too. lol Darlene will be missed in chat and on the message boards.
Heaven has a new angel who will no longer be in pain.
What a comfort all your kind words are to me--I thank you. I am younger than she and she helped me through many rough times. Very nice of you to write a poem about Darlene, even though I don't know all the "inside" meanings, I appreciate it.
She lived in Iowa for many, many years so is not the Darlene that the one post was asking about.
Thank you once again!