Darla Jean (Long) Smith
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DORNSIFE - Darla Jean (Long) Smith, 64, of Dornsife, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at her family's home in Greenbrier.

Darla was born Aug. 30, 1956, in Kittanning, and was raised in the Vandergrift area as the youngest child and only daughter of the late Robert "Bob" and Betty Long.

Darla happily spent the last 16 years of her life helping care for her grandchildren, as well as being the neighborhood nanny when her friends needed her services.

Fondly called "Mam" by all, her family often joked that half of the school bus was filled when the bus stopped to pick up the kids that Darla sent off to school.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She also enjoyed crocheting, baking and gardening.

Darla is survived by her three daughters, April and Ty Rothermel, of Dornsife, Heather and Charles Seroka, of Pottsville, and Kerry and John McGuire, of Hill Air Force Base, Utah; her stepmother, Frances Long, of Vandergrift; two brothers, Ken Long and Herb Long, both of Kittanning; two stepbrothers, Clark Eckman, of North Carolina, and Andy Eckman, of Jersey Shore; three granddaughters, Courtney Woodward, Taylor Rothermel and Alivia McGuire; and four grandsons, William Foulds Jr., Brock Rothermel, Blake Rothermel and Patrick McGuire.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jean (Smith) Long; her father, Robert Dale Long; her brother, Charles Robert Long; and her grandson, Ryan Foulds.

SMITH - Darla Jean (Long) Smith, 64, of Dornsife. Friends will be received from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 26 at the Augustaville Wesleyan Church, Paxinos, where memorial services will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Greg Clendaniel officiating. Interment will be held in Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington, at a date convenient to the family. Flowers will be provided by Flowers and Friends, of Pitman.

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Published in The News Item on Apr. 20, 2021.
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