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Darlene Evette Richmond, age 49, of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 23, 2016. The eleventh child and the baby of the family, she was born to Carl A. & Marilyn (Trammell) Richmond on January 5, 1967 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. 


Darlene was baptized by the Rev. William C. Abney at Bethel Pentecostal at a young age. She attended Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, where she graduated in 1985.


Darlene was very proud of receiving her skilled tradesman and blue printing training from Blackmer Pump, where she worked for many years. Darlene was known for her beautiful smile, high spirit, and being a caring and loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend.


One of Darlene’s most cherished pastimes was feeding the ducks with her grandson, and also liked candles, taking pictures and collecting cupcakes… she was known as the “Cupcake Lady”.


Surviving are two sons, William Rashaad Hairston-Richmond, and Darrius Devante Hairston-Richmond Sr.; a grandson, Darrius Devante Hairston-Richmond Jr.; five sisters, Sarah & Joe Scott of Baltimore, Maryland, Leona & Candy Richmond-Woods, Sherrie & Kevin Gillespie, Laureen “Renie” Richmond, and Robin Richmond-Belton, all of Grand Rapids; four brothers, Allen Wells of Bristol, Tennessee, Carl H. & Alison Richmond of Hague, Virginia, David & Cascella Brandon of Lansing, and Wendell Richmond of Muskegon; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends that she loved dearly. Also surviving are “her honey”, Cale Rambo; and her best friend, Lolita “Cookie” Grant, and her husband Eric.


Darlene will always be remembered for her uplifting Facebook posts:

“Good morning everyone! I pray for you and your loved ones. Be blessed with good health and peace of mind. May the Lord show is all favor… in Jesus name, Amen-“

~Darlene Richmond~

May 19th, 2016


“Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me, in my father’s hosue are many mansions: if it was not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also, and wither I go ye know; and the way ye know.” ~John 14:1-4

Visitation is from 11 a.m – 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, (one block west of Eastern Avenue), where funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday.  Graveside commital services will follow at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Darlene’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: 

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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42 Condolences

  1. Pamela Trammell-Gilliam on May 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Gone too soon, rest in peace! Love, your cousin

  2. ANGELA TRAMMELL on May 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Those we love never go away. They walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear.

    Rest in peace my beautiful cousin.

  3. Jacqueline (Lee, Danger) Gay and Family on May 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Darlene will truly be missed, my best friend is Darlene’s sister so I spent most of my teenage years in the Richmond home. I watched Darlene mature into a beautiful young lady full of joy and energy. May GOD BLESS your family and give you strength in your moment of sorrow. I LOVE YOU!

  4. Tina hunnicutt /Allen battles mother on May 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Sympathy goes out to the family May the Lord’s strength everyone and soul

  5. Chucky Trammell and Family on May 31, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    With Deepest Sympathy in the Loss of your Loved One.
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    John 3:16
    We loved her, but God loved her best

    Chucky and Family

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