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Vera Darlene Bolden

OCT. 22, 1961-DEC. 24, 2011

January 12, 2012

Vera Darlene Harris Biser Bolden, 50, passed away at her home in Ocala, Fla., on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011.  

Born Oct. 22, 1961, she was the daughter of Argie Lee Harris of Hagerstown, Md., and the late Elbert Otis Harris, and the granddaughter of the late Charlie and Bobbie Harris of Smithsburg, Md.

Her current companion, Jack “BJ” Vanderberg, will be spreading part of Darlene’s ashes in Key West, Fla., at her request. The Harris family will hold a memorial service and luncheon Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Ministries, 12031 Hopewell Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740, led by Pastor Ken Harris. Afterwards, the immediate family will travel to the church’s previous Clear Spring, Md., location to add Darlene’s urn to son Jason Kersh’s gravestone.

Philip Jason Kersh, and second husband, Jimmie Curtis Bolden, predeceased Darlene, as did her late companion, Richard Poorman, of Ocala.

Darlene is survived by her 22-year-old son, Jimmie Curtis Bolden Jr., or “Little Curt,” of New Tazwell, Tenn., and two grandchildren, Sierra Kersh of Leesburg, Va., and Dakota Kersh of Stratton, Pa. She also is survived by Jason’s father, Phil Kersh of Boonsboro, Md.; her first husband, Terry “Buddy” Biser of Hagerstown; and her six siblings, Kenneth Harris (and wife Karla) and Charles David Harris of Falling Waters, W.Va.; Donald Harris (and wife Tena) and Susan Harris Fraker (and husband Del) of Hagerstown; Deborah Harris (and lover Lee Weichert) of Kearneysville, W.Va.; and Glenda Harris Mauk (and husband Benny) of Inwood, W.Va. She was a favorite niece of her Uncle Ronnie Harris and Aunt Barbara Harris Torbett of Knoxville, Tenn. She was a beloved aunt to her many nieces and nephews.

Darlene attended South Hagerstown High School, secured her GED and completed social work courses at the University of Tennessee. She worked locally at such social service agencies as Community Action Council and Hagerstown Housing Authority.

Nicknamed “Fuzz” by her family because of her curly blond hair, Darlene always described herself as “Momma’s wild child.” Mostly, she loved to travel the country, and recently boasted that she had visited all 50 states during her lifetime, but preferred to live in the tropical climate of Florida.

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