Doris “Dorie” Allen Darrone, 101, of Jamesville, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 at her home.
Born October 25, 1916, in Syracuse, she was the daughter of the late Charles Thomas Allen and Ethel Estelle Wright. A member of Erwin First United Methodist Church since 1925, she was the oldest member. It was at the church that she met her future husband, Donald William Darrone. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage, prior to his passing in 1999.
Syracuse University was a big part of Dorie’s life. She received her Bachelor’s degree with the Class of 1938 and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma as well as Eta Pi Upsilon, the Senior Women’s Honorary at SU. Dorie and Don hosted many foreign participants for the University’s International Radio and TV seminar. These cultural exchanges developed lifelong friends. Always a SU sports fan, earlier this month, Dorie attended a basketball game at the Dome and was honored on the court.
An inspirational conversationalist, she was admired by many. Dorie loved her family above all. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, photography, nature and camping. She made the best fried cakes, was well known for her spiritual slide shows, and enjoyed 71 summers on Henderson Harbor.
Throughout her life, Dorie served. She served Meals on Wheels, was on the Girl Scout Board, on the Girls Club Board, presided over the Rescue Mission Fellowship Council, and was always active in the Women’s Society of Erwin Church. She served as citywide chairperson for Mothers March on Polio in 1957 before the Salk vaccine. She received the Good Human Relations Award sponsored by Dale Carnegie International.
Dorie is survived by four children, Richard (LeeAnn) Darrone of Pawleys Island, SC, Allen (Marilyn) Darrone of Conway, SC, Dorothy (Gary) Emmick of Hammondsport, NY and David (Mary) Darrone of Londonderry, NH; nine grandchildren, Christine, Julie, Christian, Deborah, Kate, Scott, Tim, Heather and Taylor; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Virginia Doolittle and her infant sister, Dorothy Allen.
A private graveside service will be held Monday, March 26 at Oakwood Cemetery. A Celebration of her Life will follow at 11 am at Erwin First United Methodist Church, 920 Euclid Ave, Syracuse. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a gift to Erwin First United Methodist Church in her memory or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.