GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania – Darla Joyce McKay, 73, of Greenville, Pennsylvania and Naples, Florida, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Family Hospice in Pittsburgh, beating all the odds against her and all the expectations given to her after a gallbladder cancer diagnosis ten months ago.
She was born in Youngstown, Ohio on February 8, 1944, to the late Dorothy Lucille (George) Humphrey.
Darla graduated from Greenville Senior High School in 1962.
She worked at Werner Ladder for many years and retired from Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida.
Darla lived her life with a hilarious sense of humor and had an amazing positive outlook; she always made the best out of the worst situations. She loved animals, especially her cats, Millie, Mollie and Sammie and supported several animal rescues. Darla had an amazing green thumb, especially with her orchids. She loved laughing, cruising, going to the movies and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandkids. She loved fresh air and being outside. She made the best homemade pizza around.
Darla is survived by her husband at home, Bruce J. McKay. They were married on September 25, 2005. Also surviving are a son, Joseph Jayne III and his fiancée, Tonya Hmelar, of Naples, Florida; three daughters, Margaret “Shelly” Gessler of Jamestown, Darcie Loreno of Cleveland, Ohio and Deanna Loreno of Greenville; a stepdaughter, Stacy McKay and her husband, John, of Greenville; a stepson, Matt McKay and his wife, Megan, of Columbus, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a brother, James Lowry of Greenville.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Carl Humphrey and a grandson, David M. West.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Osborne-Williams Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 73-75 Columbia Avenue, Greenville.
A memorial service will follow the visitation at the funeral home at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, with Reverend David McKay, of Indiana, brother-in-law of the deceased, officiating.
Gifts can be made in Darla’s name toward patient care at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and cancer research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute at http://www.upmccancercenter.com/difference/supporting/make-a-gift/how-to-donate or to Strayhaven Animal Shelter, 94 Donation Road, Greenville, Pennsylvania 16125.
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