Darden W. Lilly, 84, passed away Feb. 24, 2011. Survived by his wife, Naomi R. 'Nancy' Lilly; children, Carl (Lou) Lilly of Westminster, Colo., Carolyn (Michael) Griggs of Canon City, Bonnie (Donnie) Gross of Albuquerque, N.M. and Bruce (Carl) Lilly of Denver; son-in-law, John (Dory) Ryskamp of Hawaii; grandchildren, Christina Lilly, Andy Griggs, Nicole McFarland, Lynzee Griggs, Dan Ryskamp, Jordan Gross, Janelle Hodgkinson, Jarett Gross, Grant Griggs, Cole Reuter, Sarah and Julia Naumes; great-grandson, Jacob Lilly; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his daughter, Carrie Ryskamp; and brothers, James, O'Neal and Howard (Betty) Lilly. Darden was born to Hoyt and Linnie Lilly on Dec. 31, 1926, in Bug Tussle, Texas. He graduated from Sherman High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Retired from Alpha Beta Packing as an accountant after 34 years of service. Darden was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where he was a treasurer and deacon, and recently became a member of First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed dominos, cards, scrabble and other games. Most importantly, Darden was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Viewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Service, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Clint Perry officiating. Military honors and interment, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver. In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to a charity of your choice. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Sympathy and condolences to Nancy and family. Wish we had known sooner. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Darden was a wonderful man. He is the last of a generation of the Lilly family.

  2. We are thinking about your whole family they are so loving & caring,we send our prayers & love & hugs, Garry sends his condolenses, wishes he was there for Carl & Family too. God Bless you all, & hold you all close.

  3. Mrs. Lilly and family:
    So very sorry to read about your loss. I was your neighbor across the street on Terrace Dr. I’ll never forget when you made a blanket for my newborn grandson. He still has that blanket today. You were great neighbors and always looked out for my house and I missed you terribly when you left the neighborhood. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  4. I’ll never forget the summer I spent with Aunt Nancy and Uncle Darden. It is without a doubt on my top 10 best times of my life. I remember having such fun playing loads of games, and having Uncle Darden walk Amy and I to the ice-cream shop. I also remember being absolutely enamored with the “big little patches of snow” on the sides of the road. I kept begging to play in the snow, so finally we stopped and Uncle Darden rolled me in the snow. And I will never ever forget the whiskerings I would get in the mornings before he shaved. Ha! As a red-headed child, I most often did not take kindly to teasing, but I never minded it when Uncle Darden teased. I will always treasure those times, and I will always love Uncle Darden.

  5. Mrs Lilly,
    Many years ago, you and Darden often visited my pharmacy at Grove Drug Treasure Island and at County Pharmacy. Mr Lilly even applied for a job as bookkeeper many years ago. It was a pleasure to serve your family and Mr. Darden was a true gentleman.
    Sorry for your loss.

    John Panepinto

  6. ALTHOUGH WE DONT KNOW YOUR FAMILY WELL, LYNZEE SPEAKS VERY HIGHLY AND KINDLY OF HER FAMILY AND EXPRESSES THE LOVE SHE HAS FOR HER GRANDPARENTS. WE ARE DEEPLY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND PRAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN GOD DURING YOUR TIME OF NEED. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY, MONA, JOSE, MONIQUE AND FELICIA

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this grieving time.
    Darden Lilly was a loving Husband,Father,Grandfather,Brother and Uncle. He was loved by many and will be missed my many.

  8. I wanted to share my sympathy for Mr. Lilly’s granddaughter Tina, her son Jacob, and all of the Lilly family. I am very grateful that Mr. Lilly gave so much to his family. Having heard so many wonderful things about Mr. Lilly, I wish I could have met him. Keeping all of you in my thoughts, –Lee Carroll

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God give all of you comfort as you grieve the loss of this wonderful man. Rest in the loving arms of Jesus and find strength in Him. Special memories will bring joy to your hearts.
    In Christ’s grace & love,
    The Siegrist Family

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