Funeral services for Darlene (Van Buskirk) Ponder, 69, of St. Paul were held Feb. 4, 2011, at Ted Dickey Funeral Home in Plano. Graveside services were held Feb. 5 at Morrison Cemetery in Morrison, Okla.
Mrs. Ponder died Jan. 30.
She was born March 5, 1941,, to the late Russell and Viola Van Buskirk of Morrison, Okla.
Her family said that, in both her profession and in life, she was a perpetual teacher. She earned her doctoral degree from Texas A&M-Commerce and taught students at all levels, from kindergarten through college. Her last job was as an education professor at TWU preparing the next generation of teachers.
“She loved being around children, helping them explore and discover life. When she wasn’t in the classroom her special interests were being with her family, gardening, decorating and shopping. She was known for her creativity and determination,” her family said.
Survivors include her husband, Loran Loots; daughters, Sherri Thomas, Vicki Townsend and Lori Johnson; and 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Lois Jean Hellstern, Sue Criner and Cheryl Kerr; and brother, Jerry Van Buskirk.
Arrangements were under the direction of Ted Dickey Funeral Home in Plano