Joan Alice (Ackerman) Darrell, 83, passed on peacefully surrounded by the love of her family Sunday, November 25, 2012 at The Hospice House in Concord. She was born in Lynbrook, N.Y. July 27, 1929 and raised in Rockville Center, N.Y. After several relocations after she married she moved to Concord in 1972.
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She was predeceased by her devoted husband, Kenneth A Darrell, Jr., in 2007; her parents, Elizabeth and Robert Ackerman; her sisters, Janet Ackerman Couture and Valerie Ackerman Krick.
She leaves behind her legacy of five children: Kenneth C. Darrell of Merrimack, Douglas R. Darrell and his wife Gail of Barnstead, James D. Darrell of Laconia, Susan Darrell Hodgkins and her husband Peter of Laconia, Robert L. Darrell and his wife Jane of Bow; 13 grandchildren: Jessie and her husband Rob; Samuel and his wife Heidi; Nariel and her husband Will; Rosalie; Nicole and her husband Jeremy; Adam and his wife Roxanne; Pamela; Robyn and her husband Kevin; Justin, Sherry, Emily, Taylor, and Sofia; and two great-grandchildren, Aylin and Kenley; several nieces and nephews, and her very special sister-in-law, Patricia "Pat" Darrell of East Northport, N.Y.
Joan began a modeling career in NYC at age 15 and continued for several years. She met her husband, Ken, and married on March 28, 1947 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007 before his passing. She devoted her life to her family, church, and God. Her faith was strong and present in her life-long journey here on earth. She spent several years volunteering in church and in youth groups working with her children as a leader in the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Indian Guides - truly showing her diversity in guiding and exploring with her children in their individual interests! She spent several years as a successful Mary Kay consultant and mentor. Joan was above and beyond with positive force and influence to every person she met as she touched the many lives she encountered. She will be so greatly missed by her family and friends. We are all so very fortunate to have had her in our lives. To say we are lucky is an understatement - she was one in a million!
Services to celebrate Joan's life will be held this Friday, November 30th, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Baptist Church, 80 Clinton St., Concord. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall and then a burial at the Veteran's Cemetery, Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests your donations go to the extraordinary services of the CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord NH 03301.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Nov. 28, 2012