Darlene Joann Watkins Nowell

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Darlene Joann Nowell
Sunrise September 20, 1947 – Sunset June 2, 2022
Darlene Joann Watkins Nowell was born September 20th, 1947, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Gus and Martha Watkins. She passed away Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital. Darlene was a proud graduate of Columbus East High School, Class of 1965, and also attended Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio.
After years of living in North Carolina, Connecticut, and Indiana, Darlene returned home to Columbus to be close to family. She spent many years working for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, serving at several branches, and also Outreach Services, including the Book Mobile and delivering books to Seniors and those that were homebound. She retired with nearly 30 years of service.
Darlene was a wonderful cook, who enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She was known for her potato salad, fried corn, cherry crisp, Christmas cookies, and German Chocolate cake (minus the coconut per the family’s request!). She also loved to play cards, Po-Ke-No, and bingo, and hosted the weekly family bid whist game for the last several years.
Darlene loved being the big sister of “them Watkins girls”! She and her sisters spent countless hours together shopping, eating out, and getting into some form of trouble! In true big sister fashion, she was a confidant. You could trust her to keep any secret.
Darlene especially loved all of the children in the family. In addition to her son Dwayne, she helped raise all of her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, giving them all their first taste of coffee! Her heart was full when she spoke of her son, granddaughters Janelle and Jessica, and great nephew Marvon, who were her pride and joy.
Darlene was a member of the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, where she was also a member of Sweetie’s Book Club, until her health no longer permitted.
Darlene is predeceased by her parents, husband James Nowell, brother Ronald Watkins, and nephew Kai Lamar.
She is survived by son Dwayne Brown, granddaughters Janelle and Jessica Brown, sisters Beverly McCaskill and Diane Johnson, cousin Michael Watkins, sister-in-law Jan Watkins, God daughter Chelsea Smith, special companion Wayne Miller, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation 6:00 PM and Funeral Service 7:00 PM Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, 858 E. 3rd Ave. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave. To stream the service visit https://www.triedstonebaptistchurch.org/live-video-stream. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The WATKINS NOWELL Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

Condolence Messages

  1. Helen L Combs-Dulaney

    Mimi & Family:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are surrounded by those who love and support you as you all were for me through this difficult time. I want to offer you my thoughts of comfort during this sorrowful time. I hope you are feeling the love of our heavenly Father.
    Love You All,
    Helen & Family

  2. Lynne Berry and Sylvia Maddox

    We are sorry to hear about Darlene. Our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love from your cousins, Sylvia and Lynne

  3. Lena Miller-Keaton

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. I know how much your mother means to you. Her love lives on in you and your beautiful girls. We are praying for your strength and comfort dear friend.

  4. Edith Sellars

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. You have our love and God’s comfort and peace always in this season of grieving.
    From The Deaconess Ministry of First Baptist Church of Warrenton Va.

  5. We would like extend our condolences to the family.
    May God comfort you through his the bible and the gift of prayer.
    With caring thoughts. Thinking of you all.

  6. Chanel Sumpter

    I am truly sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family. May God’s grace and mercy cover your family and give you perfect peace.

  7. Pamela Jean Slater

    Praying for your family. Condolences to you and God bless you. Pamela Slater

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