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Ora Darden

August 26, 1937 — March 27, 2022

Dallas, Texas

“I Have Fought The Good Fight, I Have Finished The Race, I have Kept The Faith.” - II Timothy 4: 7

Ora Lee Cox Darden was born August 16,1937 the fourth child (and only daughter) of her parents Fred and Ella Beans-Cox (her brothers Cleavee Cox Sr., L.D. Cox and Acey Cox preceded her in death). She graduated from high school in Reclaw, Texas and went straight to work at El Centro Community College.  Ora Lee was married to Norman Lester Darden Sr. for 45 years and was co-parent to his children Norman Darden Jr. and Victoria Darden Christopher. Her two other stepsons Kenneth Darden, and Bruce Darden, preceded her in death.  Ora Lee was a faithful member of Galilee Baptist Church for 36 years, a member of the Missionary Society, Mass Choir, and the Usher Board.  Ora Lee was beloved by her Pastor and the congregation she served.  She is lovingly referred to by her Church family as Sister Darden, a title she coveted.

On March 22, 2022, she entered eternal rest.

Ora Lee led a wonderful life and will be cherished forever by her four (4) grandchildren, eighteen (18) nieces and nephews.  Also, a great host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She has two friends who she affectionately called “Sisters”, Debra Elmore, and Dollie William, and Her “Play” daughter and faithful friend, Linda Rose Williams.

God's Garden

God looked around his garden- And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth- And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you -And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful -He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering -He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never – Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough – And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids – And whispered, ‘Peace be thine’.
It broke our hearts to lose you – But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you – The day God called you home.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, March 31, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Friday, April 1, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church

4535 Vandervort Dr, Dallas, TX 75216

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