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Darla Lee Daggit, 85, of Harrisonburg, Va., formerly of Grove City, passed away on Friday (Aug. 4, 2017) at Sunnyside Presbyterian Home.
Mrs. Daggit was born Aug. 11, 1931, in La Porte, Ind., the daughter of the late Joseph W. and Gwendolyn Phillips Cullen.
At a young age, Darla moved with her parents from Indiana to Nebraska, Virginia, Delaware and Texas.
She studied at the University of Delaware, George Washington University, Cornell School of Nursing and the University of Maryland for a bachelor of arts in European history that she received in 1953 before marrying her friend of nine years, Edward A. Daggit, 1st Lt. U.S. Army.
Darla accompanied him on stateside assignments and overseas tours in Japan, Korea and Germany.
In 1968, she and Ed adopted their 3-week-old son Andrew.
During those years Darla earned a New York state teaching certificate and taught five years of high school social studies while earning the required master's degree. Later, she set aside the teaching career to qualify as a librarian with a master's of library science that she earned from Columbia University. After six years of being a librarian, and traveling with Ed, he went to serve in Vietnam, while Darla and Andrew stayed behind and she became a stay-home mom.
They moved to Grove City where Ed taught mathematics at the college.
Ed and Darla moved to Sunnyside Retirement Community in 2008.
She leaves behind: her son, Andrew Daggit and fiancée, Sharon, of Winchester, Va.; and two grandsons, Bryant T. Daggit and Jonathan A. Taylor.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, LTC Edward Arthur Daggit PHD, U.S. Army Ret., who passed away Jan. 11, 2013.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 10, 2017) in the Meredith Chapel at Sunnyside Retirement Community.
Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd. Suite L., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave. Suite 210, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.
Published on August 6, 2017
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