Francis Miller Darwin

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Francis Miller Darwin, of Charleston, died on Monday, February 2, 2009, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Francis Miller Darwin was born on July 4, 1925 in Marshall, NC. She and her husband, Charles Wallace Darwin, moved to Charleston in 1958 to open Skateland Skating Rink, a local favorite for 20 years. In 1980, they opened the popular Le Chalet restaurant and ran it until they retired in 2000. Francis was a master quilter who won numerous awards for her artistry. She is survived by her husband, Charles; son Tim Grana; daughters Jo Shields, Kay McSpadden, Darlene Darwin, and Kelley Lord; and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The visitation is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 5, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave., Asheville, and a memorial service will be on Friday, February 6, at 10:00 a.m., also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 81 Gadsen Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

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  1. Dear Darlene and Kay,

    We’re thinking of you as you and your family move through this difficult time. Your mother was fortunate to have such caring daughters and others close by in her last days; your presence was the best gift. We love you and are sending peaceful energy your way.

    Laura and Dixie
    Statesboro, GA

  2. Dear Kay,
    I just wanted you to know that I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. One very wise person told me to look for unexpected blessings when I was caring for my dad in his last days. I found many of those blessings even in the weeks and months since his passing. I hope that you will also.

    We will be with you in spirit tonight and Friday.

    Cyndie and Durham

  3. Our thought and prayers are with this family. We only met Francis one time in the early 80’s when we were in Charleston visting our nephew and niece, Keith and Audrey Webb. Francis was so very nice and her smile was never forgotten. God Bless.

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