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Wilma Darada, 98, of Great Barrington

By Monday, Jul 29, 2019 Obituaries

Wilma B. Darada, 98, of Great Barrington died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Fairview Commons in Great Barrington with her loving son and daughter-in-law by her side. Wilma was born April 9, 1921, in Lee, the daughter of Homer and Clarice (Garfield) Broderick. She was a graduate of the former Searles High School class of 1938. Wilma worked at Great Barrington Manufacturing in the customer service mail order department, retiring after 20 years. Wilma also worked for WSBS for six years and at the Jenifer House. Wilma was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Great Barrington, a member of the Woman’s Guild, the Thursday Morning Club, the American Legion Auxiliary and her local AARP. She was a former DAR and was active at the Claire Teague Senior Center. Wilma started knitting in high school and continued to sew and make clothes for family and friends. She knitted sweaters with children’s names for her mail order business, Wilma’s Sweaters and Things, until 2010. She also made wedding cakes. Wilma’s husband, John R. Darada, who she married June 28, 1947, at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington, predeceased her Nov. 9, 2000.

Wilma is survived by her son Homer J. Darada and wife Joan of Florence; three grandchildren: John H., Zachariah and Megan; four great-grandchildren: Christopher Joseph, Jeremiah, Isaiah and Destiny Rose; and one great-great-granddaughter: Aurora Lynn. In addition to her husband, Wilma was predeceased by brother Donald H. Broderick and two sisters, Sandra Nai and Barbara Walker.

Funeral services for Wilma B. Darada will be held Monday, July 29, at noon at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME, 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA 01230 with Rev. Tara Tetzlass officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to noon at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Wilma’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.

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