Funeral services for Darlene Frederick McBride, 85, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church conducted by the Rev. Thomas Dowdell. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 6 to 7 this evening; followed by a Rosary devotional at 7 at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Born September 24, 1927, at Foss, Oklahoma, to the late Phillip and Amanda (Schreck) Schones, Darlene graduated from high school at Mount Saint Mary, Oklahoma City, the class of 1945. She later attended Cosmetology School and became a licensed cosmetologist and hair stylist.
She and Adrian Glenn McBride were married on December 18, 1948, at Elk City, Oklahoma. The parents of three children Adrianna, Steven and Karen, they had been married for 49 years when 'Mac' passed away, December 17, 1997.
Darlene and Mac retired and moved to Ardmore in 1979. Darlene maintained residence also in Port Isabel, Texas. An accomplished artist, while living in Port Isabel, Darlene had painted a decorative mural at the Cameron County Courthouse and at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Most recently, she was responsible for a Grotto that was built at St. Mary Cemetery.
A member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Women's Club, Darlene was also active in the Republican Women's organizations of Ardmore and Port Isabel. She nurtured a passion for antiques and enthusiastically collected and refinished them. She never met a stranger and having lived in many different states, made friends all over the U.S.
She always anxiously waited for the changing of the seasons to return to Port Isabel to enjoy the Island of South Padre and her dear friends. A unique and loving lady, Darlene always held an interest and concern for family and friends, offering guidance, support and love.
Following an extended illness, Darlene passed from life, to life everlasting, surrounded by a loving family, Monday, February 4, 2013, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Erenfeld; sisters, Leona Schones and Phyllis Rekar; brothers, Coy Schones and Jerry Stewart; and brother-in-law, Jack Richards.
Survivors include her daughter, Adrianna Bivens and husband, Richard; her son, Steven McBride and his wife, Toni; and her sister, Catherine Richards all of Ardmore; brothers, Robert 'Bob' Schones and his wife, Janet, Burkburnett, Texas, and Arnold Schones and his wife, Shirley, Bentonville, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Sue Goff, Danville, Arkansas, and Thelma Carpenter, Winston Salem, North Carolina; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jason Bivens, Kevin Bivens, Drew Bivens, Kevin Penrod, Casey Manion and Todd Blakley.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church for the support and maintenance of 'The Grotto' at St. Mary Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.