On Thursday morning, October 25, 2018 Darlene Anita Newton, affectionately known as "Dolly" was called home to rest with the Lord. Darlene was born to the union of Goldwyn Newton and Charlie Neal on September 26, 1957 in Colorado Springs.
Darlene grew up in Marshall Texas. She lived there for many years with her grandmother, Ardelia Neal and attended St. John Baptist church where she accepted the Lord and was baptized at a young age. She later attended Mount Olive Baptisit Church of Fort Worth Texas.
Right out of high school Darlene married Newell Caldwell Jr. and they had one child. Darlene was a devoted wife and an amazing mother as noted by the 1995 Fort Worth Star Telegram article "The Old College Try." In the article Darlene is highlighted as a parent who has been very involved in her child's education and continues to be involved in college selection.
As a single mother Darlene worked hard to provide for herself and her son sometimes working two jobs to make ends meet. Darlene worked in banking as a supervisor for several years and then got into the healthcare field. She worked in medical record for a number of years and then things changed when at age 36 she was diagnosed with cancer.
This would begin Darlene's 25 year bought with the disease. She would fight this fight with remarkable courage only armed with her faith in God and the support of her family. Darlene took this fight on personally on every level. She even changed her career leaving medical records to work for the hospitals Tumor Registry department. Tumor Registry has a key role in the worldwide fight against cancer. These individuals are responsible for gathering all the data on ongoing chemo therapy treatments and recording their success rate, with the over all goal of eventually finding cures for each type of cancer.
Later in life Darlene moved to San Antonio Texas and bought a house there! She wanted to once again be close to her son and her three grandchildren. There she joined the San Antonio International Church of Christ and attended weekly meetings and Bible studies as her health would permit.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother who raised and adopted, her Ardelia Neal as well as her uncles, Sylvester and Arestus Neal and aunt Dorothy Neal, close family friend Raynail Jackson and her parents Goldwyn Newton and Charlie Beaty.
To cherish her memory she is survived by her son James Caldwell (wife Gina) of San Antonio, Texas; brother Von Beaty (wife Kimberly) of Oxnard California; sister Cheryll Beaty of Fort Worth Texas; sister, Lillie Mae Keyes of Fort Worth, Texas; aunt, Clara Marsh of Marshall Texas; her grandchildren, Camdon Caldwell, Dillon Caldwell and Jasmine Caldwell; her nieces and nephews, Carol Keyes, Dwight Norman, Jazmine Benning, Jeremiah Beaty, Joshua Prentice and Savanah Washington?; her cousins, Verdell Marsh and Fannie Smith and Sherman Neal (wife Sharron). She will be missed by a host of other family members and friends.