Darlene Yvonne Hawkins

September 23, 1943 ‒ November 11, 2019

Centerburg, Ohio

Darlene Yvonne Hawkins, 76, of Centerburg went to be with the Lord on November 11, 2019 at Bennington Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Cecil and Thelma (Luft) Hess on September 3,1943.  Darlene married her childhood sweetheart Larry the Barber 60 years ago.  They built a wonderful life together in Centerburg with their three children, Tami (Terry) Hook, Todd (Tammy) Hawkins and Kristian (Jenna) Hawkins.

In addition to her husband and children, Darlene is survived by siblings Michael Hess, Jerry Hess, Marla Harner, Carla Linkous, Donald Hess, and Cindee Hess,  grandchildren Jessica Donabauer-Hook, Jeremy Hook, Brandt Hawkins, Brynn May, Jarryd Hook, Bryee Guisinger, Bailey Sesma, Casey Byrnes, and Michael Johnson who lovingly called her “Nanny” and great-grandchildren Madeline, Lilliana, Asher, Brezlynn, Zyran, Aiden, Austin, and Lorenzo knew her as their precious Marme.

Darlene spent many years working for her family’s grocery store.  She eventually found her dream job at Morning View Care Centers, where she was Vice-President of Marketing.  Throughout her years at Morning View, Darlene traveled extensively as part of her job and especially loved visiting New Orleans.  During her travels she was also able to meet many famous people, from a boxing champion to the President of the United States.  She loved Christmas and volunteered to head up Jewell’s Kids, a local charity that provided gifts for needy children in the Centerburg area.  Her love of Christmas extended to holiday decorating.  She was known for putting a tree in every room of her house, for trimming hundreds of trees at Morning View, and even decorating trees that the company donated to theannual charitable auction known as “The Festival of the Trees”.

Anyone who knew Darlene knew how special she was within moments of meeting her. She had a unique gift for putting people at ease and was a friend to everyone she met.  People wanted to be around her just because she was so much fun.  She was the life of the party and had a knack for getting herself into situations that would leave people laughing and wondering what just happened. Darlene was truly loved and will be deeply missed.

A Celebration of Darlene’s Life, officiated by Minister Tony Shaver, will be held on November 21 at 4 P.M. at the Centerburg Church of Christ.  The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.  

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a needy child this Christmas in memory of Darlene.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Darlene  Yvonne Hawkins




  • Your mom was such a special lady. A true friend to those she met. Her laugh was her signature. Our thoughts and prayers for you all. God bless.
    Joe and Dell Ann

  • Wonderful lady and mom!Kris is like a brother to all of us Shultz girls.Darlene was always so kind and caring and loving to all of us.Prayers to all of you on the loss of a beautiful soul♥️love Alice

  • We are so very sorry for your loss!
    Our thoughts are with you!
    Toney,Jen (Stockwell) Curry and Family

  • Darlene was a strong loving lady, but most of all she was a strong Christian loving our Lord, the heavens have received a beautiful Angel, to.her family, may you have peace, Darlene will truly be missed. 💔🙏

  • Darlene was my second mother. She would remind me of that when Tami and I would want to run around town. We always had to clean the house first! I still remember the day we were cheering and trying to do cartwheels. She said move over… not only did she turn a perfect cartwheel she did the splits! Dar was always laughing, her laughter was infectious. She is loved by many as she never met a stranger. Now she has her wings 👼 Peace and prayers to family🙏🙏🙏

  • Dear Kris and the whole Hawkins Family,
    Your mom, wife , grandmother was a very special lady. She was a true friend of my mom and dads and our whole family. Kris is like our brother and you are family. I wish you peace at this time of loss and to have great memories to carry you through the days ahead. Love, Melody George

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of everyone through this difficult time. Darlene was a terrific lady.

  • I’m am so sorry for your loss, I’m glad I got to know Larry & Darlene through the horses and took care of Moonlight Sam. Got to know Kris through that and the Schultz & Steck families. She was a wonderful lady!
    Lee Ann

  • My deepest condolences to al the family Darlene was a great day Aways laughing A friend for many years My prayers are with all of you RIP Friend

  • Dear Kris and Hawkins family, I am so sorry to hear about ur loss. Our families have been friends for many yrs. We have made so many memories with u all through the horse racing business and small town living. Ronnie use to send kris and I all over this state racing horses back in the day. Fun times!! Please know we are thinking of u all and are here for you guys.

    With love, Rhonda Damron (Steck)

  • The Hawkins and Hess families have lost their loved one but Heaven has gained an Angel smiling down on them, my condolences to all who loved her.

  • I have many great memories of the years I spent working with Darlene at Morning View Care Centers. We were always laughing which made our jobs so much more fun and productive than they would be if laughter had not been a huge part of our times together. Darlene never knew a stranger and could talk to anyone as if she had always known them. My condolences go out to Darlene’s family.

  • Dear Larry, Tami, Todd, Kristian and families,

    Darlene truly was an angel from Heaven. She was my second Mom, along with the many others she took under her wing. I have so many fond memories of her while growing up in “the Addition”…the cartwheel she did for us girls, the years of decorating the Christmas tree at our Church, shopping for hours one year to get the exact decorations Dar wanted, picking us up from school, just to mention a few. And, as Tami and I well know, she always held us accountable for our actions and taught us to we had to work for the things in life we wanted. Dar also set a great example for us about motherhood and marriage…she loved Larry more than life itself. Take comfort knowing she is in Heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and you shall meet her again one day.

    Love, hugs & prayers,
    Jennifer “Jeffiner” as Dar always called me

  • Darlene certainly was a very special lady. We laughed until I thought my face would crack… kept the family in stitches when we were together.
    I know that Larry, kids and grandchildren will miss that infectious personality. I’m sure that the gates to heaven were shining brightly upon her arrival.

  • Thinking of you as you remember. Holding you in thought & prayer as you move through this difficult time.

  • My deepest sympathy to the Hawkins and Hess families on the loss of Darlene. I know how much she will be missed by her loved ones.
    Tom Foster

  • Thinking of you all during this difficult time of grief. Praise God for a woman that touched so many lives. May our prayers bring you all comfort and peace.

  • I’m so sorry to hear this. I loved Darlene so much. I used to work for her many moons ago. She was a beautiful person inside and out! Praying for you me family!

  • What a wonderful lady with the biggest heart! Always was available to help someone in time of need. So sorry for your loss, she will be greatly missed but god received an angel!!!

  • Larry and the whole Hawkins family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Darlene was truly amazing kind heart women. I know she will be missed by so many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Angie & Mike

  • Larry and family, Darlene had an infectious laugh. From high school to mother’s club to just running into her at the store she always had us laughing..God must have needed another Angel for Christmas. She will be missed.

  • Loving prayers to the family. Darlene was a very special Christian lady that I was privileged to see grow from a small child to womanhood.

  • Kris and family,
    We are sad along with you all. Another good woman off to heaven. Our condolences and prayers for all your family. Patti and Graham ♥️

  • May the Lord Bless and comfort the family of Darlene in her passing from this life. The Scripture says, “….to be absent from the body,and to be present with with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8. Shalom
    Fred & Sally Albrecht,Sr

  • My sympathy to Darlene’s family. I worked with Darlene many years ago and enjoyed numerous conversations and laughs with her. Darlene was such a blessing to Morning View Care Centers. She always enjoyed sharing a story about her family.

  • Darlene was a huge part of my personal and professional life. She was one of the kindness people anybody could meet. My sincerest condolences to the entire family. She will be missed. Love to you all Julie

  • Dear Kris, Jenna, and the entire Hawkins family, we send our deepest sympathy to you all. Your wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother was such a dear lady. We grew up knowing the kindness of Larry, Darlene and the entire family. We consider Kris our brother! Darlene was the most loving, caring, and sincere friend any one could ask for. She was one of a kind and we loved her with all our heart. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead as you learned to live without her. We know this journey is a long, hard, road but with our Savior, Jesus Christ by your side, nothing is impossible. We know for his love we will see her again someday. We love you all, Keith and Jona Baer

  • The Craig snd Duffee families send lovong condolences to Darlene’s family. What a loss but what memories you all have.

  • Larry, Kris, and the entire Hawkins family,
    Darlene was a gem and we are so thankful to have known her and her beautiful family! My family had many great times with the Hawkins family. It was evident in her smile that she was proud of her family and I hope that her memory and smile will carry you all thru the days ahead! God bless you all!❤️

  • Prayers to all the families. She was loved by so many. An angel on earth and now in heaven. Condolences.

  • If you were a friend of Darlene’s, count yourself lucky. I do. We spent a lot of time together in our teenage years(I could write a book). Then as young married couples, we spent time together.
    Mostly, I would take my baby daughter and walk down the street to Darlenes and we would spend a lot of the day together. At that time, she just had Tami💕loved Darlene dearly.
    Nancy Frost

  • Larry, Mike, Jerry, and the whole Hawkins/Hess families: Susie and I express our deepest sympathies for your loss. Darlene was a classy lady and joy to all who knew her. She stood for things, the right things, and the service and caring she gave to those around her is an example to be grateful for in these trying times of conflict. We are truly sorry for your loss but envy the time, and great times, you had with Darlene. Centerburg is not the same without her but memories of her example and love will still light our ways. May she rest in peace. Chris and Susie Cordle

  • So sorry for your loss. We are unable to attend the services but please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Brenda and i want darlenes family to lean on our lord as darlene has joined all of the angels that overlook us here on earth, all that knew darlene shall celebrate her life and will greatly be missed. Put your trust in god during these difficult times
    Sincerely. Mike& Brenda Pruitt

  • Ron and I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families for your loss Darlene’s sweetness, smile and laughter will be missed but not forgotten. Her love for family and her strong faith in God was evident to all that knew her. A celebration of her life is what she would want for those who loved her not sadness for we know she has eternal life now with the Lord.
    So I raise a glass and say “Cheers “ to my cousin Darlene “
    Jennifer and Ron Mccarty