Darlene May Newhouse, nature lover who delighted in her garden

Darlene May Newhouse
Darlene May Newhouse

Darlene May Newhouse of Virginia Beach, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Philip Alan Newhouse; children, Mark Alan (Debbie) Newhouse of Traverse City, Michigan, Matthew Scott (Sandra) Newhouse of Parachute, Colorado, Melanie Dee (Will) Harper of Cypress, Texas, and Mary Beth (Todd) Peters of Alexandria; six grandchildren, Amber Lynn Newhouse, Jordan Ann (Christopher) Goepfrich, Shelby Ann (Kyle) Storey, Jacob Alan Newhouse, Alexander Alan Harper and Madalyn Grace Harper; and great-grandson, Jackson Alan Goepfrich.

Darlene and Alan met as teenagers in Detroit, Michigan, and continued their courtship while Alan served his country in the Marine Corps in San Diego, California. They married after he was honorably discharged and soon thereafter started their family. They moved their four young children to the small town of Morley, Michigan, and christened their beloved new home in the country “Stoney Acres.”

There they also managed a menagerie of animals to include ponies, goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits, as well as an impressive number of dogs and cats over the years. Years later, after the children were grown, they embarked on a new adventure and moved to Virginia Beach, where they stayed for 30 years.

Darlene was a lover of nature and delighted in her garden. She kept Alan busy spreading mulch and planting flowers over the years. She was a woman of faith and enjoyed sharing what she read in her devotions or learned from televangelists with her loved ones. She loved her family in her own unique way. Darlene will be dearly missed by her family and grieved by her one and only true love, Alan.

More than anything, the family requests that you lift up Alan in your prayers as he continues on this earthly path without his beloved wife and partner.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 16, at Walton Funeral Home, 2701 Holland Road, Virginia Beach.

Share online condolences with the family at Walton Funeral Home.

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