On the beach, in the summer of 2010.
Darla DeFoor Roy
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: May 3, 1940
  • Date of passing: Sep 15, 2015

Welcome everyone. This memorial website was created in memory of beautiful Darla Roy, born on May 3, 1940 and passed away on September 15, 2015. Regardless of how well you knew her, everyone is welcome to leave a tribute below and share your condolences with the family.  If you knew Darla, you might also share a memory on the Stories tab, or upload a favorite photo in the Gallery.  We appreciate your visit to the site; together we can celebrate her full life and loving heart.

PS.  We're also inviting folks to celebrate her by eating a piece of pie in her memory, which we know she would love.  If you'd like to know one of her favorites, we've put a pie recipe in the Stories section, straight from D's recipe box.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Reuben Roy on 26th September 2016

"Darla has been a part of my heart since I first met her as Sam's 'steady girlfriend' way back yonder in the olden days. And her part of me has steadily grown over the years and she will remain very alive for me as long as I am. Her presence within me is a comfort that reduces the sense of loss I would otherwise feel in her passing. And I will continue to feel the love for her along with all the many memories of her that time cannot diminish."

This tribute was added by Lolita Roy on 16th September 2016

"I have thought many thoughts about Darla's death.  My best one is that we had Darla for 70+ years.  Sam had someone he cherished for 53.  That is awesome.  My memories of Darla will be with me always and I may get to see her when I leave."

This tribute was added by debra spivey on 15th September 2016

"Thinking of aunt dah  today too.   What a fabulous aunt and i loved her dearly.  Thinking of uncle Sam; Leah and Brandon.  Love you all."

This tribute was added by Brook Davis on 15th September 2016

"Love to you all today.  Anniversaries are hard.  You are in my heart."

This tribute was added by Leah Roy on 15th September 2016

"Thinking about you today, Mom.  Missing you a little bit more than usual.  Gonna keep you with me close all day.  Sending love to all who miss you and still grieve your loss.  Thank you for the gift of who you were to all of us.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Sam Roy on 9th June 2016

"Sad day, today.  This would have marked our 54th wedding anniversary.  Although we didn't celebrate it officially, it did mark another year of our deep and abiding affection for each other."

This tribute was added by Reuben Roy on 9th May 2016

"Time has hurried by as time does. Darla is gone from us but still alive in our hearts. And memories. She was a person like no other in all the good ways. Her endless capacity for love included so many and so much and will sustain us as much as love can. But she will be sadly missed by us as long as we live. And if there is life onward, we will thrill to see and hug her once again."

This tribute was added by Lolita Roy on 4th May 2016

"Darla, I still miss you and know you will always be with me in spirit."

This tribute was added by Becky Slatten on 3rd May 2016

"Thinking of Aunt D and all of you on her birthday. I miss her."

This tribute was added by Becky Slatten on 13th November 2015

"It finally hit me today, she's really gone and I cried for the first time. I liked pretending that she was still writing her beautiful letters and laughing at Uncle Sam's jokes. I love and  miss you Aunt D so much, you will always be one of my favorite people of all time."

This tribute was added by Peli Woods on 30th October 2015

"To the Family and Friends of Darla,

Please except my deepest condolences.  Although I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Darla, reading the comments from others shows that she was loved very much.  I hope that you'll find comfort in knowing that you can see your loved one again during a time when "death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.  The former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4)"

This tribute was added by Ron and Sandi Miles on 19th October 2015

"We will miss Cousin Darla. Darla was a wonderful writer and storyteller, and kept us entertained with stories about the local goings on here in northeast Tennessee.  And,because she loved the International Storytelling Center here in Jonesborough, TN, we decided to have a Memorial Brick honoring her placed in the Memorial Area hear the entrance to the Center .  When it is installed in a couple of months, we will be able to see her name there each time we attend a performance."

This tribute was added by Melissa Marley on 5th October 2015

"Darla and I spent many hours when Finn was young and in his fussy stage, talking as all grandmothers (real and adopted ones) do about how best to give both mother and son some relief!  We also had love of food in common and shared a few recipes over the years.  And I was always glad to be at the house when she was cooking! Even her leftovers were fantastic.  Her smile was always warm, a bit shy until you got to know her.  Darla and Sam raised two warm, bright, loving children who are now passing that on to their children.  Full circle Darla.  Good job."

This tribute was added by Bill Scheidt on 30th September 2015

"Darla,

Well, it took me a while to be able to write this to you.  But in a way, I find it kind of fitting.  Even without putting things into words, you and I always understood each other.  Without saying it, you knew how much I loved Leah.  And without saying it, I knew how much you loved Leah.  We understood each other.  Without saying it, you knew how much I loved you.  Without saying it, I knew how much you loved me.  We always just seemed to understand each other -  even without words.  

I think it's beautiful that the last time we said goodbye to each other (we didn't know it would be our last time), you hugged me and said, "I love you."  And I hugged you back and said "I love you too."  I think that may have been the first time we ever said I love you explicitly to each other, but the love between us was always there, and we both always knew it.  And even though you're not physically with us, the love between us will still always be here.  Thank you for the gift of your love that you've shared with ALL of us.  I love you, Darla.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Kay Batterman on 29th September 2015

"Darla was the best: the heart of her home and family, a delightful friend, a great neighbor and co-worker.  I have missed her and all of the Roy family since we moved to opposite sides of the country.  Really thought that this next spring would be my time to visit.  Larry and I spent some time in that area when he was healing from his heart transplant--what a perfect spot!  Am sending love, peace, and the gift of many Darla memories to each of you:  Leah, Brandon, Sam, the darling grandchildren, and all of the other relatives and friends.  Each of you made her life beautiful, and she passed that glow to others every day.  We are all better because she was in our lives, and I like to think she is beaming love, as Leah wrote, to me right now."

This tribute was added by Carol Lavis on 26th September 2015

"Children are a reflection of their parents. In knowing Leah, I'm sure that Darla was a beautiful soul, loving and giving to all those around her. May you rest in peace, Darla."

This tribute was added by debra spivey on 26th September 2015

"Aunt Dah...what a beautiful  and wonderful aunt.  We had many good times in Louisiana and through the years.  My mom always had a horrid  time washing my hair but my aunt dah had her magic touch, she could do anything and i said nothing.  On one of our trips to baton rouge...i hot stuck at the top of of escalator. ...i was not coming down no way ...i was terrfied.  But at the bottom was my hero aunt dah...she talked me down every step. I stayed with them to go see the lsu tigers and we ran up the stairs naming all the states.  She was just so much fun and always teaching you something.  I will forever remember this old man he played one he played knick knack ........

And all the marble games....

There are so many stories from her and uncle sam but i will always carry my sweet aunt dah in my my heart because i will love her forever and cannot wait to that day to be reunited with all our family.  

There was nothing more she loved than Brandon and Leah.  I remember  holding both of them....what sweeties.   And they still are and for always.

Now with Tim and I...Brandon and Leah
Ma-maw  and Pa-paw's perfect four grandchildren.   We had loads of fun and memories and we all should have kept in better touch but we were so far away.

Aunt Dah also was an apache  belle at tyler junior collegeand i am so proud of that...

Uncle sam. I love you so much and will be here for as i told leah and brandon.  My heart is broken too.  But aunt dah is with us in our hearts...as the warm sun shines..as the winds blow and as we dream at night.  We will see her again.  Love to all the family.  

Leah...kèep posting the photos...they are great...."

This tribute was added by Reuben Roy on 25th September 2015

"Goodnight, sweet D.
You moved among us with a soft but stately grace,
Your presence aglow with happy energy,
Your voice clear as any bell,
Your eyes seeing all and shining with a love for life.
Your manner subtly inviting all others to engage with you,
Your judgment always relevant and always clear,
Your opinions widely encompassing and consistently fair,
Your heart full of undying love for your dear Leah and Brandon
And your grandchildren all.
Your undying devotion reserved for your heart mate of many years: Sam Henry Roy who has the painful task of living his life
In your ever present absence.
You are already terribly missed by all of us who loved you in return.
You will still be missed for as long as we live.
We hope to see you again someday and someway.
Goodnight, sweet D"

This tribute was added by Stacey Gimbert on 24th September 2015

"The first time I met Darla, I was struck by her warm and welcoming smile. She gave me a big hug and I knew my husband Alex was right – he had always told me how nice his Uncle Sam and Aunt Darla are.  We kept in touch through the years through Christmas cards, emails and letters and we were lucky enough to meet the whole family a few years ago in North Carolina.  You could instantly tell that the entire family was very close.  We all had a great time laughing, telling stories and eating some delicious pizza.  

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Uncle Sam, Leah and Brandon, and the entire family.  I feel lucky to have known Darla and think of her often."

This tribute was added by Megan Olson on 23rd September 2015

"Whenever we have holidays, especially Thanksgiving, I think of how special it was to grow up with our neighbors as our family. The neighborhood had a tradition of hosting that meal together.  She will always be with us, and we will always be better for having her in our lives. With much love, Megan ( Batterman) Olson"

This tribute was added by Tim O'Keefe on 23rd September 2015

"Sam,
My sincere sympathies. I cannot begin to count the number of times I've thought of you and the difference you made in my life--certainly in the life of many of your students.

Wishing you strength through this and peace going forward.

Tim O'Keefe"

This tribute was added by Beth Fisher on 23rd September 2015

"I grew up next to the Roys in Moorhead and have fond memories of celebrating many Thanksgivings together. Darla was a very kind and loving woman who I feel honored to have known. My sincerest condolences to you Sam, Brandon, and Leah, and to your entire family. I am so sorry and send love and prayers. Beth Batterman Fisher"

This tribute was added by Drew Dunn on 22nd September 2015

"I enjoyed the pic of our LSU group n San Antonio.  Dorla looked so pretty.  It was good to have Mar and Ivy that year."

This tribute was added by Christina Soriano on 22nd September 2015

"While I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Darla, I am so fortunate to work with her daughter Leah everyday in the Theatre and Dance Department at Wake Forest.  Leah is a dear friend, a dedicated and generous educator, an incredibly organized leader and above all, someone with an infectious laugh and love of life.  She always has a moment to chat, share a hug, or offer some encouragement whenever we need it.  I hope we can do that for her now as she mourns the loss of her dear mom.  I send my love and support to her family.  As we say in the Greek Orthodox faith tradition: "May her memory be eternal.""

This tribute was added by Cindy Gendrich on 21st September 2015

"My favorite memory of Darla was the day we moved Leah into her first place at Wake Forest. We lugged boxes together, joked and laughed like old friends. I was so in love with Both of Leah's parents by the time we finished! What a lovely, warm, sharp, sweet person. The world is poorer for her loss, but so much richer for her having been here!"

This tribute was added by Sharon Andrews on 21st September 2015

"I did not really have the opportunity to know Darla but I do know and love her wonderful daughter Leah and I know how much she loved and respected her Mom,  I can only imagine how deeply Darla's death has affected all who knew and loved her, especially her dear husband and children. I love that she would want us to all eat pie!"

This tribute was added by Brook Davis on 21st September 2015

"I have a wonderful memory of Darla from right after her grandson Finn was born.  I came to visit Leah who was tired and overwhelmed (like all new mothers).  Darla sat with us in the kitchen and told stories and laughed and ate cheeseburgers.  She was such an immediate calming presence that I knew, regardless of all the new baby anxieties, Leah and Finn were going to be fine.  What a gift."

This tribute was added by Judith & William Beckman on 21st September 2015

"Our retiring to Erwin was made richer and happier by knowing Darla.  We will always remember her warmth, sense of humor and wonderful culinary skills.  What a joy to have known her."

This tribute was added by Drew Dunn on 18th September 2015

"Our LSU group will never b the same without Dorla   We all loved her."

This tribute was added by Sandy Roy on 17th September 2015

"Darla was always so warm, friendly and loving. Seeing her pictures reminds me of her warmth and big heart. You are all in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Leah Roy on 16th September 2015

"I can still feel you beaming us all so much love, Mama.  It was, and still is, an honor to be your daughter."


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