Darlene R. Elswick, 62, of Edwardsburg, MI, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Goshen on March 24, 1960, to Ronald E. Hershberger and Shirley Jean Swain.
Darlene is survived by her loving husband, Dennis Elswick; children, Mark (Dawn) Hershberger, Jamie (Bethany) Freeze, Dakota (Joanna) Elswick, Alice (Brett) Eldridge, and Billie Jo Hershberger; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; father, Ronald (Jean) Hershberger; brothers, Kris (Sharon) Hershberger and Ronald Hershberger Jr.; sisters, Debbie (Denny) Trigg, Pamela (Troy) Longbrake, Connie (Michael) Teeter, and Terrie (Mike) Johnson. She is preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Swain; daughter, Denise Arnett; and sister, Janet Swain.
In accordance with Darlene’s wishes, cremation was chosen. Family and friends are called together for a celebration of life visitation on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from noon to 2 p.m. with a sharing of memories service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart. The family kindly asks that all guests dress casually. Memorial Donations may be given to Rio’s Rainbow c/o Community Foundation of Elkhart County, P.O Box 2932, Elkhart, IN 46515 or donate online at: https://riosrainbow.org/donate/.
Darlene worked at Bob Evans for over 25 years, making friends with the regulars that would stop in. Even when she left Bob Evans, the patrons that came to know and love Darlene would always say hello to her and her children, making sure to give them their well wishes and showing how appreciative they were of the impact she left on them.
Darlene was a selfless and caring lady who enjoyed helping those in need and getting to know others in her community. She loved to bake and cook for others, particularly her famous zucchini bread, pumpkin squares, and banana bread, making sure others were always taken care of. She showed kindness by giving to those in need by sharing with others something sweet to indulge in. She wore her heart on her sleeve, always sharing kindness and love to those she was around, while also being independent, having a good sense of humor, and being very outspoken. In her spare time, Darlene enjoyed playing card games with her family such as Euchre and Canasta, something her family will always cherish and miss.
Darlene, along with her lasting impression on others, will live on in the hearts of those who she loved so dearly in this world. She will be greatly missed.
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