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Darlene Stansberry

Darlene C. Stansberry, 83, of Carey, felt Heaven’s warm embrace on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the Wyandot County Skilled Nursing Facility with her loving family by her side following an extended illness.
On July 4, 1938, Darlene was born in Seneca County, one of six children of the late Eugene and Bertilla (Clouse) Elchert. She endured the loss of her mother when she was only six years old.
During school, Darlene fell for an upper classman, Melvin L. Stansberry, and they got married on Aug. 14, 1954. Together they shared 59 years of marriage and lovingly raised five children: Melvin Jr., Curtis, Brian, Melanie and Chris. He preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 2014.
A loving homemaker, Darlene took great pride in caring for her husband and family. She was a wonderful cook and baker, making sure no one ever left her house hungry. She and Melvin always cherished their family get togethers.
With a huge heart for babies, Darlene truly loved babysitting. She was the first one to try and get her hands on her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also loved watching the little ones from all of her many friends in and around town.
Very faithful, Darlene was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Carey.
When she wasn’t babysitting, Darlene could be found at a game of Bingo or buying scratch off tickets. She was Melvin’s sidekick, driving all over to check out cars and motorcycles at the nearby car lots. She also enjoyed playing cards with her brothers every month.
The matriarch of the family, Darlene lived for her family. Her world revolved around her husband, children and grandchildren.
She will be missed by her three children, Curtis (Mony) Stansberry of Upper Sandusky, Melanie (Harris) Hill and Chris (Jodi) Stansberry, both of Carey; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Stansberry; 18 grandchildren, Anthony, Jay, Amber, Gabriel, Amy, Trisha, Jordan, Logan, Ashley, Melissa, Erik, Janet, Shelly, Harry, Mike, Winston, Lincoln and Lawyer; 42 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two siblings, Ronnie and Darl Elchert; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Melvin Jr. and Brian Stansberry; one sister, Leanilla Filliator; one brother, Marvin Elchert; an infant brother; and her step-mother, Yvonne Elchert.
Her family will greet friends from 4-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, where scripture services will be held at 7:30 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street, Carey, with the Rev. Tom Merrill, OFM Conv., officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carey.
In memory of Darlene, memorials may be made to OLC School or Hospice of Wyandot County in care of Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.StombaughBatton.com.

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