Darlene O. Loriaux

August 10, 1927 ‒ January 17, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio



On January 17, 2021, Darlene O. Loriaux left the Mount Vernon Health and Rehabilitation Center for her heavenly home.  She was 93 years old.

Darlene was born in Ashland, Ohio on August 10, 1927, the daughter of Thomas and Winifred (Devore) Walker. She graduated from Utica High School but lived most of her life in Knox County.

Darlene was a golfer and loved everything about the game, especially spending time at Irish Hills Golf Course. She was an avid Cleveland Indians fan, but her true sport passion was following her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting activities.  She attended every event possible. Football, basketball, baseball, track, and soccer, she was always there to support and cheer for them.

Spending time with her family was the most important thing to her.

Darlene is survived by her daughter, Cherryl Pursel; three granddaughters, Jodi Pursel, Anne Marie Orr, and Heidi (Bill) Hanna, all of Knox County; six great grandchildren, Ryan Clinedinst, Kyle Clinedinst, J.D. Orr, Nate Orr, Mack Hanna, and Macy Hanna and 7 great great grandchildren. All of these were truly her pride and joy.  She is also survived by beloved niece, Terry Vaughan of Lakeland, Florida, as well as several great nieces and nephews.  Darlene and her little dog, Josie, were perfect companions.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Walker; three sisters, Ouida Walker, Edythe Ferris, and Chloris Fritz.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Camille, “Hank”, Loriaux.

No public service will be held, but the family hopes you have a special memory you can share at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

Memorial contributions can be made in Darlene’s honor to the Knox County Dog Shelter.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Darlene O. Loriaux.


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  • My prayers are with the family. Darlene was such a joy to get to know over these past 3 years. She was an answered prayer to us to care for our Josie girl the past few years but little did I know in the beginning how much that little dog would come to mean to Darlene. I loved when we would get to visit or call. She would rave about the cute or silly things Josie would do as well as brag about so many of her family members. She was so proud of everyone & was really a light in this world. It was truly a pleasure to say I knew her. I pray you all find comfort & peace as you celebrate the life & memories she left with each of you.

    The kids, Josie & I will be making a donation to the Knox County Dog Shelter in her name this weekend.

  • I met Darlene a few years ago when she and her sister Edythe used the same hair salon as I do in Lakeland and we used to have great fun chatting about this and that and, believe it or not, motorcycles … lol. They were both a couple of cards and so quick witted, as I try to be, but they usually got the last word…lol. I was saddened when Edythe passed and then Darlene left, moving back to Ohio. There was a great void in the salon as I’m sure there is with all the family now but their memory will live in my heart forever.