Born Darlene Ann Gage on February 16, 1942 in El Paso, TX to parents Harold and Susan Gage, she was granted 80 years then sung into heaven on March 15, 2022, with her friend Delores Metcalf at her side and granddaughter Elizabeth singing on the phone.
"Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away." Psalms 90:10
A pastor's daughter herself, Darlene accepted a proposal to life as a devoted Pastor's wife to her husband, Jerry McDaniel, and was a loving mother to two, Shari and John, while her brother, James Gage, was called to serve as a missionary. Clearly, ministry runs deep and wide in her family! Her fingers served the Lord behind the piano of many churches, most recently leading the Abiding Love Baptist Church congregation in praise to the Lord. When she wasn't playing, she was likely baking cakes for every and all occasions. Even in her hardships, she continued to speak of God's goodness, express gratitude, pray for others, and proclaim Jesus as her Savior.
Darlene was proceeded in death by her parents, Rev. Harold and Susan Gage; husband, Rev. Jerry McDaniel; and daughter, Shari Perew-Breckenridge. She is survived by Dr. James & Carmenza Gage (brother & sister in-law); Rev. John & Jennifer McDaniel (son & daughter in-law) and their children, Elizabeth & Evan; Jonathon Perew (grandson) and his daughter, Isabella Perew; Sara & David Moore (granddaughter & spouse) and their daughter, Quinn Perew; and Ray Breckenridge (son in-law). May her Heavenly homecoming be celebrated until we meet again on that great Day!
Visitation will be held at Melancon's Funeral Home, Nederland, TX, on April 1st from 6-8pm. Graveside Service will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Nederland, TX, on April 2nd at 10:00am.