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Died Jan. 20, 2020
Darla Jean Inman

Darla Jean Inman

Darla Jean Inman passed away peacefully at Suncoast Hospice Care Center in Palm Harbor, Florida on January 20, 2020 at the age of 72. She was born Darla Jean DeWitt on January 10 at New Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan to parents Jesse and Annamary (Horner) DeWitt.

Darla attended elementary school in Oak Park, MI until the family moved to Royal Oak, MI. Darla graduated from Royal Oak Kimball in 1966. She participated in choir, synchronized swimming and swimming. She was involved in the United Methodist Church and worked at the local YMCA as a lifeguard. After high school, Darla attended Central Michigan University where she earned her degree in Physical Education and Health. While at CMU, she met and married Bill Inman in 1969. She worked at Stan’s Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant as a waitress until her graduation in 1970. She started her teaching career with Alma Public School System as an elementary physical education teacher. In 1972, she moved to Lupton, MI where Bill had gotten a teaching position. Darla began a brief period as a stay-at-home mom to their two daughters, Deana and Deborah. Darla taught preschool in Rose City. She then subbed for the West Branch-Rose City Area Schools until she was hired full time by Rose City Schools. She later transferred to Ogemaw Heights High School where she taught PE and health. She coached varsity girls basketball for many years. During this time, she developed lifelong friendships with her co-workers and students. Darla retired in 2008. The couple moved to Paradise, MI where they had a summer home and began wintering in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Darla enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling and camping, watching/attending sporting events and being near any beach or body of water. She loved traveling with her husband, friends and especially taking her grandchildren on special trips.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bill Inman; her daughters, Deana (Dan) Anderson of Norway, MI and Debbie (Aaron) Staup of White Lake, MI; grandchildren, Danae and Drew Anderson and Addison and Aidan Staup; sister, Donna Wegryn; sister-in-law, Rose Ann (Larry) Pawlus; nephews, Ed (Helena) Wegryn, Dave (Cindy) Wegryn, and Eric Pawlus; niece, Nancy (Rob) Ketola; mother-in-law, Sophie Inman; and seven special great-nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Memorial donations can be made to Cure JM in Darla’s honor, a nonprofit extremely close to her heart. Online condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com

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