Darla Rae Heck, 67, of Conway, Ark., and Greenville, passed away Feb. 4th, 2017, due to complications with diabetes.
She will be remembered by friends and family as a quiet, humble, behind the scenes servant of God. Whether buying school clothes for needy students, taking in foster children, taking in those in need of a place to live (human or animal) her door was always open. She would likely come to your rescue with her big great dane, Shaka, at her side and a covered dish to feed you.
Darla was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, serving terms on the vestry, the school board, a member of Daughters of the King, as a lay reader and a member of "Joyful Noise" praise band. She served Habitat for Humanity and Fish Ministries. In Conway, she attended St. Peter's Episcopal Church and was a member of Daughters of the King. She taught school for 26 years for both Boles Home and Quinlan High School as a special education teacher, and leaves behind a legacy of love and generosity that extends far and wide.
She was preceded in death by her father, Howell Henry Heck of Conway, Ark., and ex-husband, James Wilkerson Case of Newport, Ark.
Survivors include her mother, Betty Rae Heck of Conway, Ark., who took great care of her comfort in the end; daughter, Darla (Case) Reeder and husband Tom of Chicago, Ill.; granddaughter, Taylor Bland and fiancé Colton Perry of Paris, Texas; and brother, Howell Heck of Palm Bay, Fla. Her extended family of friends, who were equally as loved, include Terry and Norine Tribbey, Smith and Beverly Gilley, Debbie Cantrell, Sparky Byrd and Bob Eisenberg.
An intimate service, the day of Darla's death, was graciously performed at her mother's home by Mother Teri Daley of St. Peter's in Conway. Mother Teri prepared the service with Darla, before her passing. Her family believes it was perfect.
Memorials in her honor may be made at either St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, or St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Conway.
She will be laid to rest in a family plot, with her father, in Missouri.
Before she died, she stated that if anyone wants to celebrate her life, please do so with mashed potatoes and chocolate!
Published on February 13, 2017