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Darlene Bann

Friday, September 6th, 1957 - Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
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Darlene Bann, age 63, passed peacefully the morning of November 10, 2020, comforted by her husband and children in her home in Waxahachie, Texas.

Darlene was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 6, 1957 to parents James and Mary Alice Lee. Her father was in the military, so she moved around a lot as a child along with her brother Ronnie and sisters Pat & Tina. They eventually made their way back to Texas where she graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth. This is where she met her husband, Stephen Bann. The two married when she was 19 and have just recently celebrated their 43rd year of marriage.

Darlene was incredibly active in the Waxahachie Community where she raised her two children, Cody and Cassie, alongside her husband Steve. She spent many years working at Nicholas P. Sims library where she created the “Teen Club.” She poured into so many lives through her love of reading there. She was a familiar and friendly face who loved to share her joy with everyone she met. She carried this same passion for people and books as she went to work for Waxahachie ISD as a library aid at Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy and at Waxahachie High School. These places were more than just workplaces to her. They were avenues to extend her servant’s heart. She was very passionate about helping students find scholarships and financial aid for school and gave of her time freely to help make this happen. Darlene was the type of person who gave to everyone she encountered.

Darlene’s greatest joy came from her family. She was a very active mother when her own children were growing up- PTO President, Den Mom for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She was always there to take Cassie to every play rehearsal and performance and she never missed a show in the many years of Cassie’s acting career. She had many siblings and nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly as well. She lived for others, especially her family. In her later years, she got to become a Grandmother (DeeDee) to three beautiful girls and they became a whole new reason for being. DeeDee cherished her time spent with them and often referred to them as her soulmates. She was the most amazing wife, mother, and DeeDee.

Darlene is preceded in death by her parents James & Mary Alice Lee, her sisters Tina Molder and Pat Raney.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband Stephen Bann, her children Cody Bann and wife Svetlana Bann, Cassie Bann and partner Jeremy Drew, grandchildren Stella, Stevie, and Celeste, brother Ronnie Lee, and numerous members of our extended family and friends.

In honor for her love of Winnie the Pooh and reading, I believe she would like us to leave you with this quote
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together...there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart...I’ll always be with you.” - A.A. Milne

A visitation will be held for family and friends from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie. 511 W. Main St. Waxahachie, Tx

In lieu of flowers, and in recognition of her love for reading, the family requests that you consider a memoriam donation to Nicholas P. Sims Library.
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    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel
    511 W. Main St.
    Waxahachie, Texas 75165
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Rick Orr

Posted at 02:43pm
Darlene was a remarkable woman who gave of herself, not only to the benefit of her own children, but to countless others in their formative years and beyond. My sincerest condolences to Stephen, Cody, Cassie and all of the extended family and friends.

Rick Orr

Clint Kelley

Posted at 07:43am
I had the honor of working with Darlene at Sims Library when I was a teenager. What kind, smart, and fun spirit! My condolences to the family and may her memories guide you all.

Martha Messenger Posted at 12:05am

Darlene was a very special lady. Not many like her. Very smart, talented and kind. When I started working at the library, she welcomed me with kindness and even took me home with her for lunch when our schedules matched. I will always regret losing contact with her and even more just losing her.

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