May 23, 1935 – Jun 13, 2016
Darlene Hinton was born in Vaughn, Arkansas on May 23, 1935, and died in Seattle, Washington on June 13, 2016. Her parents were Leota Perkins Hood and Vonnie Emerson Hood. The oldest of nine children, she grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was predeceased by two brothers, Von Hood and Forrest Hood. She is survived by six siblings: Mary Drevdahl, Gaye Stein, Charlie Hood, Ivan Hood, Norman Hood, and David Hood. In 1957 she married Walter Ladson Hinton, III, whom she had met in an existentialism seminar at the university of Arkansas. They were married for 59 years and had three children: Walter Ladson Hinton IV, Devon Emerson Hinton, and Alexander Laban Hinton. Their sons married Carolee Tran, Susan Gibbs, and Nicole Cooley. There are six grandchildren: Carina, Mikaela, Kendra, Devon, Jr., Meridian, and Arcadia.
Darlene was a devoted wife and mother, and a beloved, sensitive soul. A naturally spiritual person, she sometimes voiced a connection to the Holy Virgin, although she did not identify with any organized religion. Her interests were varied. She was an expert in rare books, and had a strong and intuitive love of art as well as guitar and country music, especially Jimmie Rodgers and, later, Leonard Cohen. Her home manifested her innate sense of beauty. For several years she worked in real estate. She long had an interest in genealogy, and was the discoverer of many histories. The special meals that she prepared for family and friends were notable for their culinary quality, and for her warmth and hospitality.
After a long decline in health, she died in home hospice care amidst her family. She will be sorely missed.
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