Darla Mae Basore, age 84 years of Niles, Michigan died unexpectedly at 8:08 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at her home following an extended illness.
She was born on June 11, 1935 in New Springfield, Ohio to the Rev. Lester and Erba V. (Alexander) Schrock. She was graduated from Shelbyville High School, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance and Religious Education. She came to Niles in 1972 with her husband, and they opened the “Good News Shop” Christian bookstore which they owned and operated in several locations in Niles for more than forty years.
Darla was a member of the Michiana Christian Embassy, where she also served as the church organist, and taught the Senior Adult Sunday School class. She also taught private lessons in piano and organ to many students in Niles. She enjoyed reading, and had read every novel that the Good New Shop offered for sale. Keeping her mind sharp, she rarely missed the television shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy”, including Monday night.
She also enjoyed crafts, made American Girl clothing, and sold many outfits at local craft shows. She also made quilts for each family member, and enjoyed sharing personally made gifts for birthdays and holidays. Her Christian faith was her greatest joy, but in this world, her family came first.
On June 29, 1957 she was married by her father, Rev. Schrock at his church in Monroe, Michigan to Raymond Howard Basore with whom she celebrated last Saturday the remarkable sixty-second anniversary of their wedding.
Surviving family includes her husband, Ray Basore and their children, Randy (& Pam) Basore of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kevin (& Laura) Basore of Niles, Michigan, and Tim (& Gail) Basore of Sparks, Nevada; grandchildren, Joe (& Kendall) Basore, Shannon (& Tyler) Howard, Tiffany (& Ethan) VanderWeele, Justin Basore, Jordan (& Alyssa) Basore, Olivia Basore, Colby Basore, Josh (& Chloe) Leach, Jonah Leach, Adrienne Leach, Amelia (& Dimeko) Price; great-grandchildren Kali, Alexis, Lydia, Harvey, Aubrey, Celeste, Brody, Mia, Makayla, and Eden; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Robert and Carl Schrock; and her sister Pearl Robinson.
The funeral service for Darla Basore will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Michiana Christian Embassy, 1922 East Main Street in Niles with the Rev. Jeffrey Whittaker of the church officiating. Committal will follow at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday at the church beginning at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements were made at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles. Online condolences may be left at: www.halbritterwickens.com