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Darla Jean (Pillow) Blade

A funeral service, celebrating the life of Darla Jean (Pillow) Blade, 57, of Racine, formerly of Columbus, will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in the chapel of the Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service, with her cousin Pastor Randy Clay as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery, near Jacksontown.

Darla died June 30, 2014, in Gallipolis following a six week illness. She was born February 5, 1957, in Columbus, the daughter of the late Melvin R. “Brownie” Pillow and Norma Jean (Clay) Pillow of Racine. She was a 1976 graduate of Lakewood High School and worked for many years as a property and apartment complex manager in Columbus for Triangle. Darla was married to the late Gary Blade of Hebron, and leaves behind her love of many years, Roy “Bear” Hall.

In addition to her mother and Roy, she is survived by her sister, Darlene Davis of Tennessee; brother-in-law, Michael Davis; nephew, Jacob Pillow; aunts, Mary Dill and Julia Schmeltzer and Evelyn Clay; uncles, Jack Schmeitzel and Harold Ferke; brother-in-law, Brett Blade of Hebron; sisters-in-law, Sharon (Larry) Reilly of Heath and Kim (Danny) Carbaugh of Hebron; and many cousins and friends.

Darla loved her beautiful home, taking care of the yard and flowers. She won prizes at the Meigs County Fair with her apple pies and crafty sewing. She loved going to auctions and selecting beautiful pieces of glassware. She is also survived by her dog, Isabella; and Levi, her cat.

Friends may call on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 12:00 p.m.

The family prefers that memorials be directed to Holzer Medical Center Hospice in her memory.

Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service, Kirkersville, is honored to care for the Blade and Pillow Families.

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