Darlene Jane Mion, 87, passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2010 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
A long time Mansfield resident, she was born to Ike and Edna Marvel on May 20, 1923, in Clinton, Iowa, and raised in Ithaca, New York, on the shores of Cayuga Lake. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she and her husband, Raymond J. Mion moved to Ohio. The Mion family settled in Mansfield in 1947, where she continued to be an active member of the community until 2004, when she moved to Reynoldsburg, Ohio, to live closer to her daughter.
As a Red Cross Volunteer, she served as a Gray lady and then a nurses’ aide at MedCentral Hospital for a total of nearly 40 years 1960-1999. Her volunteer work in the emergency room was her passion and she received the Clara Barton Honor Award in 1973 for volunteers who demonstrate meritorious volunteer leadership. She remains at the top of the list for volunteer service at the hospital accumulating 16, 626 hours.
She completed the Pinch Hitters Course of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association at Dulles Airport that entailed learning to take over the controls and land her husband’s airplane. That accomplishment was a great source of pride. Her needlepoint and crochet work were exquisite. She was an excellent cook and to her family and friends’ she was “our own Julia Child.”
Her idyllic childhood on Cayuga Lake and the Finger Lakes Region of New York instilled a life-long passion for water and swimming. She was a frequent swimmer at the Mansfield YMCA until she moved to the Columbus area. She traveled extensively in the US often with the Lexington Area Senior Citizens as well as taking many tours of the Caribbean. She always called the ocean “the source”.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Peggy Mion of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Gary N. Mion and Judy Castle of Mansfield, Ohio, and daughter Hollie J. Mion of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She is preceded in death by her son, Jonathan L. Mion, sister, Bonnie Shafer, and her former husband, Raymond J. Mion.
The family will hold a private memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Mansfield Chapter, American Red Cross, 39 N. Park St., Mansfield OH 44902.