Wilma Florence Darbyshire, known to her friends as "Pete," passed away peacefully at her home in Savannah, Ga., on December 26, 2017, at the age of 87.
Born in Cedartown, Ga., on December 30, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Mason Jones Florence and Ethel Butner Florence. She spent a happy childhood there as the youngest of five siblings. She attended the University of Georgia, where she received an A.B. degree in Journalism, was president of the Theta Sigma Phi journalism fraternity and the Chi Omega sorority, and caught the eye of veterinary student Quincy Lewis Darbyshire from Moultrie, Ga., with whom she would spend 52 years in the happiest of marriages.
They settled in Moultrie, created a family, and built a life of love, laughter, faith and service to the community. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women of the Church, Moultrie Service League, Moultrie Federated Guild, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Morning Glory Garden Club, where she was instrumental in efforts to beautify Westview Cemetery. She enjoyed travels with Quincy to every nook and cranny of Colquitt County for annual rabies vaccination clinics, and far beyond with their friends and family to the mountains of North Carolina, New England, Canada, the American West, the Middle East, the Caribbean, a 40th Anniversary trip to England and Scotland, and a family celebration of their 50th Anniversary in Bermuda. In her later years, she very much enjoyed making new friends at The Marshes of Skidaway Island in Savannah.
A woman of deep Christian faith, strong principles and sly sense of humor, she was also quite artistic, skilled in all kinds of hand sewing, flower arranging and drawing. She enjoyed genealogy and the personal side of history. She loved gathering with friends for book club meetings or games of bridge, canasta and mahjong, and spent many happy hours side by side with her children and grandchildren, conquering jigsaw puzzles.
She is survived by her oldest sister, Christine Florence Houseal of Augusta, Ga.; her three loving children, Laura (Kevin) Kimball of Loudon, Tenn.; Glen (Connie) Darbyshire of Savannah, Ga., and Tom (Chris) Darbyshire of Pelham, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will hold a private graveside service at Westview Cemetery. They invite all who knew and loved "Miss Pete" to gather and celebrate her life on Saturday, January 27, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sunset Country Club in Moultrie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Westview Cemetery Improvement Fund, c/o The Morning Glory Garden Club, Karen Willis, 315 Floral Drive, Moultrie, Georgia 31768, or to the First Presbyterian Church of Moultrie, 501 First Street SE, Moultrie, GA 31768.
Published on December 27, 2017