Frances Darby Clary
Frances Darby Clary
  • March 10, 1952 - December 28, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - A Mass of Christian Burial for Frances O’Neale Darby Clary will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 3600 Devine Street on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. with visitation following until 6:30 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Private burial will be at a later date. Friends are invited to 6519 Queens Way following the Mass.

Fran passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 after a long illness, surrounded by her daughter, and siblings. Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Susan Darby. She graduated from Cardinal Newman High School and Midlands Technical College. Fran worked for 44 years at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood.

In addition to her parents, Fran was predeceased by her husband, Joel. She is survived by her sisters, Susan Sexton, Beth Simpson (Allen) her twin, Anne Tharp, Teddy Hearn (Reid); brothers, Bates (Angela) and James (Dawn); her children, Joy Clary Edwards (William), Annette Clary, Dennis Childs (Tracey); grandchildren, Devon Grimes (Sabrina), Westley Edwards (Teal), Brynna Edwards, Brittney Bacon (David), Connor Woodward,

Antigone and Brandon Childs; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces, all of whom she showered with affection.

Fran was a true believer in doing small kindnesses for people that made a difference in their lives. She was a fierce advocate for the mentally ill, the underdog and did all she could for those less fortunate.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ruiling Yang (Self Regional) and Drs. John Wrangle and Joseph Collins (MUSC) as well as the nursing staff of Amedisys Hospice of S.C.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to The Therapy Place, 3620 Covenant Road, Columbia, SC 29204.

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