Gertrude Darst

December 18, 1962 ‒ March 16, 2009

Cardington, Ohio

Gertrude “Birdie” Sumner Darst, 46, of Cardington died Monday afternoon at the Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus. She was born December 18, 1962 in Perry County, Kentucky to Boyd Sumner and Bertha Marie (Jones) Sumner. She grew up in Delaware and met and married Steven E. Darst on July 20, 1985. They were married by the now deceased Don Saunders. She enjoyed cooking and was an exceptional homemaker. Along with her husband, she is also survived by her father of Delaware; 3 sisters, Alice Sumner, Janie (Rodger) Schnees, and Nora (David) Thacker, all of Delaware; 2 brothers, Arlie (Lauana) Sumner of Delaware and Boyd Sumner Jr. of Kenton, Ohio; special nieces, Dana (Ryan) Bushong and Tarra Thacker and great niece Riley Bushong; special nephews, Justin Sumner and Rodger Boyd Schnees. The family will receive friends on Thursday March 19th from 4 – 8 pm at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware and where funeral services will be held on

Friday March 20th at 11:00 am with Pastor Tony Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will then host a reception, to continue fellowship, in the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home Community Room immediately following the graveside services. Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting