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Daral Ann “Darla” Kidwell, 73, of Charles Town, passed away at Jefferson Medical Center on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

She was born on April 6, 1948 in Jefferson County and was the daughter of the late Wincell Francis Dunn and Gladys (Rickard) Dunn.

For many years, Darla had been a sales associate at Jamesway in Charles Town. She loved nothing more than being with her family. She was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was an avid shopper and was an excellent cook and baker. Her specialty dessert Oreo Balls, were a favorite among guests.  She and her late husband Gene welcomed many to their home, especially their granddaughter Brittany’s friends. Their home was the “go to” place and enjoyed many nights around the bonfire watching movies on a big outdoor screen constructed by Gene.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Shade and husband Mike of Charles Town, grandchildren, Brittany Shade-Durrett and husband Jonathan and Austin Shade, great-granddaughter

and the light of her life,

Harper Ann Durrett. Darla is also survived by her sister, Nancy Hitt and husband Bill of Ranson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 49 years, Eugene T. “Gene” Kidwell and her sister Dorothy Dunn.

Funeral services will be held at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Brother Brian Hotaling officiating. Interment will be at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Darla’s memory to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

Please visit our website www.mtstrider.com to view her obituary and sign the online guest registry.

Arrangements by The Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home.

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