May 18, 2014

Darlene M.G. Herriott

Herriott (obit)Darlene Madeline Herriott, age 89 of Lincoln, NE died on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Lincoln.  She was born in Council Bluffs, IA on October 17, 1924 to Daniel and Mina (Sellers) Gerholt.  Darlene married Bruce Herriott on September 1, 1945.  She lived by her faith in God, her love of family and service to children everywhere.

No visitation. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday May 23, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Southminster United Methodist Church, 2915 S 16th Street in Lincoln 68502.  A light lunch and time for fellowship with family and friends will be provided immediately thereafter in the church Fellowship Hall.

Darlene nurtured family and friends, generously shared her musical talents with the community and pursued life-long learning. Professionally she was a certified and commissioned Christian educator. Taught Sunday school and piano.  A member of Southminster UMC and the UMW for 55 years (3 as President) and the 30th annual recipient of the Dedicated Light award in 1988.  Coordinated and chaired multiple conferences, committees and organizations including 5 years as a Girl Scout leader and awarded a National PTA life membership.

Darlene is survived by; step-sister-in-law Sonya Struthers;  son, Dan Herriott and wife Nataliya; daughter, Pat Amedeo and husband Doug; four grandchildren, Angela Finch and husband Arne, Christopher Herriott and fiancé Lisa, Jeffrey Herriott and wife Tressa, Inga Guliyeva; ten great-grandchildren, Chelsea McGrath, Sasha Herriott, Brandy Finch, Cody Herriott, Christian Herriott, Brittney Herriott, Mason Herriott, Aiden Herriott, Madelyn Finch, Ethan Finch; two great-great grandchildren, Sadie Ellyn, Melayna Marie; and nieces, nephew and families.  Preceded in death by parents, husband Bruce Herriott and daughter Jane Herriott.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are requested and may be directed to Southminster UMC or Peoples City Mission.

A special thanks to the staff at Bickford Cottage for their compassionate and loving care during the past two years and the Aseracare Hospice team more recently.

Wyuka Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  1. Dearest Pat and Doug, Dan and Nataliya, Angie and all the family. Momma Darlene, much beloved Ma’Mom’s, life is the personification of living a life of Christian ideals, with selflessness for others and service to God, family and community. I learned so many, many positive lessons from Ma’Mom. My heart is filled with so many memories of this incredibly kind, giving and fun person, our much loved Darlene. Sending you each love and healing thoughts.
    Ted McConnell, Washington, DC

  2. My dear family! How disappointed I am not to be able be with you as I am in Denver for 10 days with my oldest daughter Ruth and family. All of us will return to Lincoln on Friday to attend the graduation of my Grandson Adam on Sunday.
    I did talk to Darlene recently and she recognized my voice right away and we took off where we
    had left off the time before. I was so delighted to find her so!
    My heart is with you and I need to give you a hug. Darlene was a true friend for many years
    through many various kinds of experiences and I rejoice in the memories!
    With gratitude and much love especially to Pat and Dan,
    Marj Manglitz

  3. Pat,I fondly remember the years of girl scouts with your mother as leader. Am so sorry for your loss, may the many memories you shared as a family help sustain you at this time.

  4. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  5. Darlene was both a 2nd mother to me & mentor. She was an outstanding example of Christian faith in action. She truly lived her faith. Her family became my family, her faith became my faith. She & Bruce will always have a very special place in my heart & my memories. I loved, admired, & respected them both more than I can express.

  6. Dear Pat & family,
    Your mother/grandmother was such a lady, with many talents. I feel blessed to have been a part of her life. I have fond memories of the short time I worked with her. I am happy she is at peace and with your father/grandfather. With deepest sympathy in your loss.

  7. We are so sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. We will miss her greatly as she was a part of our lives for so long. My God keep you in his care at this time of sorrow and may he guide you and bless you with many memories of your time together.

    Wilma, Scott, Monte Dietrick

  8. Much love to all the family from both the two of us here in Canada and my mom and sister in Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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