Darla Rae Obal, 72, loved teaching students and guiding them to their futures

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Darla Rae Obal
Darla Rae Obal

Darla Rae Obal, 72, of Virginia Beach, passed peacefully at home with her loving family Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2017. She was born on Feb. 6, 1945, in McKeesport, Pa., to the late Rancel Maraffi and Alice Smith Maraffi.

She was a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, Class of 1961. She loved her early work as a licensed cosmetologist, but most of all, teaching her young students and preparing them for their future careers. She later joined GEICO as a sales and service agent, loving the opportunity to personally meet with their many clients and assisting them with their individual and personal needs. She retired from GEICO July 1, 2004, after 16 years of dedicated service.

She was a faithful member of Trinity Church Virginia Beach, where she enjoyed working with the Women’s Ministry. Darla was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and counselor for many people dealing with cancer; but most of all, she was a devout Christian whose love for God and Jesus Christ surpassed all she did.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jim Obal of 54 years; sons, Kevin Obal, and his wife, Kate, Michael Obal, and his wife, Ana, and Brian Obal, and his wife, Jenny; brother, Richard Maraffi, and his wife, Georgienne; sister, Vicky Ankney, and her husband, Wayne; grandchildren, Steven, Lauren, Noah, Madison and Evelyn; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Her family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Michael Steinberg, Dr. Michael Lee and Dr. Warren Pechan and their personal nursing teams for their dedicated care and support throughout her courageous 25-year battle with numerous forms of cancer.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. A burial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, at Princess Anne Memorial Park followed by a celebration of her life at Trinity Church Virginia Beach at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com.