Lucille E. Darlington

Lucille E. Darlington, 95, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, (formerly of Upton, Wyoming) died January 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Elenore (Ellie) Hampton.

Lucille was born August 27, 1917, to Elizabeth Schneider and Eugene E. Watt, in Upton. She was the third of nine children.

She graduated from Upton High School and took normal training. She received her teaching certificate at the age of 17 through University of Wyoming. She taught school for two years at a rural school south of Upton.

Lucille married Homer R. Fullerton on June 4, 1937, in Deadwood, South Dakota, and they ranched near Osage, Wyoming. They had five children, Leslie, Carol, Alice, Wanda and Elenore. In the spring of 1951, they moved to Osage where Homer hauled bentonite. After Homer was killed in a truck accident on April 7, 1952, Lucille moved her family to Upton to live in the home built for them by her brothers and brothers-in-law. She worked as the head of the Upton School lunch program until 1954.

On March 20, 1954, Lucille married Russell D. (Sandy) Darlington, in Gillette, Wyoming. They had one son, Allen. She returned to work at the Upton School lunch program and retired in 1987. Lucille was a member of United Methodist Church. She and Sandy loved to go camping. Their favorite spot was on Sand Creek, and they were often joined by family. She was famous for her cooking and baking, especially her fried chicken and her home-made bread which – according to a great-grandson – was “better than ice cream.”

After Sandy died in 1990, she lived in her family home in Upton and was very grateful for the kindness shown by the Upton community. In July 2012, she decided it was time for her to move to Idaho Falls to live with her daughter. She visited her family in Wyoming for two months in the fall, staying with her granddaughter, Dawn Peplow of Sundance. In late October, she returned to her Idaho Falls home.

She is survived by her brother Bruce (Norma June) Watt of Laramie, Wyoming; her children, Leslie Fullerton and Carol Petersen both of Sundance, Wyoming, Wanda Donges of Sheridan, Wyoming, Ellie (Ron) Hampton of Idaho Falls and Allen (Toddi) Darlington of Thermopolis, Wyoming; stepdaughters, Hanorah (Keith) Anderson and Karen Anderson of Colorado; 11 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Anna Watt and Mary Alice Watt of Upton and Lucile Watt of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Lucille was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leslie Watt, Earl Watt and Arthur Watt; sisters, Beverly Thompson, Mildred Bliss, Dorothy Sweet and Esther Stevens; daughter, Alice Fornstrom and great-grandson Jeremiah Jundt.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Upton.

A memorial fund has been established to the Upton Ambulance Fund.