Darcey Nicole McLelland

It is with great sadness and heartache that I announce the passing of Darcey Nicole McLelland. She passed away suddenly on Aug. 29, 2013 at the age of 35.

Darcey was a beautiful woman inside and out. For those who knew her she was an inspiration of courage, hope and love. Darcey was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma when she was 22 years old. Her battle with cancer lasted close to 13 years. Her doctors prognosis of her cancer was never very hopeful, but it was her pure stubbornness that kept her going. Darcey refused to listen when they said she was going to die. It gave her satisfaction that she was able to prove them wrong on several occasions.

It was her children and her family that encouraged her in her battle. Darcey wasn’t as afraid of dying as she was to leave behind those that she loved so dearly. She was all about her family and constantly surrounded herself with those she loved. I can’t remember her ever missing a birthday, wedding, or family reunion. No matter how far it was, she would be there to celebrate the event. Nothing slowed her down. She refused to live life as a cancer victim, and refused to be felt sorry for.

Those who were lucky enough to be included in her circle of friends and family were never forgotten about. Darcey was the girl that would send you a message letting you know how important and special you were to her. She loved everyone so much and made sure you knew it.

In all the adversity she faced, Darcey always had hope. One of her last doctor appointments she had, she said “… I should probably just give up, but I’m not ready…”. Darcey never did. To the very end she still had hope and plans for her future.

Darcey had so many hopes, dreams, and accomplishments in her life. She was a hairdresser, a make-up artist. She received a teachers assistant certificate from the college for courses she took. She loved taking pictures and wanted to be a photographer. She sewed, cooked and baked. Darcey had her own Harley Davidson motorcycle, but chose to drive a minivan that accommodated her beautiful family. She referred to herself as a domestic goddess, and she was. Darcey loved to travel, and wanted to take her kids everywhere. The list of what she didn’t want to do is probably shorter.

Darcey’s legacy is her children, Riley and Austin, 14 years old; Gage, 4 years old; and Nevaeh, 2 years old. Darcey is survived by her husband Stephen Bateman, her parents Dave and Val McLelland, sister, Chrissy McLelland (Kasey), and brother Jeffery McLelland (Wena). Darcey also had 4 other nephews and 1 niece. She was a mother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt, grand-daughter, and a niece. Those she was close to she called ‘Best Friend’. You are missed everyday and will never be forgotten, you will forever be in our hearts. We all love you so much.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that

God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

you did not go alone;

for part of us went with you,

the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories,

your love is still our guide,

and though we cannot see you,

you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken

and nothing seems the same,

but as God calls us one by one,

the chain will link again.

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