Rachel Leyden Darby (nee Pardy) RN

March 11, 1943 to June 15, 2018


It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Rae was born in Ardrossan, Scotland on March 11, 1943 and passed peacefully away on Friday, June 15, 2018, at Pleasantview Towers in St. John’s. Left with loving memories is her husband Barry; daughters: Andrea and husband Craig, Karen, and Nicole and husband Trevor; her 5 grandchildren, who she adored: Benjamin and Madeline, Alec, Laura and Natalie;  also her sisters: Grace Parsons, Dolores (Jim) Conway; brothers: William Pardy and Wilfred (Susan) Pardy; brother in law Merle (Diane) Darby, and sister in law Jessie Gilks; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, and extended family in Corner Brook, Scotland and throughout Canada. She is predeceased by her parents, Wilson and Annie Pardy and brother in law Gordon Parsons. Rae was a graduate from the Salvation Army Grace General Hospital School of Nursing (Class of 1964) and loved being a nurse. We would like to extend our love and gratitude to the staff and former co-workers at Hoyles/Escasoni and Pleasantview Towers for their care of Rachel over these past years. Cremation has already taken place. Visitation will be at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Tuesday, June 19 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm and Wednesday, June 20th from 2-9pm.  Funeral will take place on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. from St. James United Church, Elizabeth Ave. Interment to follow at Southland’s Memorial Gardens. Flowers greatly accepted or a donation to a charity of one’s choice.

To see her is to love her, and love but her forever;

For Nature made her what she is, and never made another.

                                                                                                            – Robert Burns



2-4 p.m. on June 19, 2018

7-9 p.m. on June 19, 2018

2-9 p.m. on June 20, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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1:00pm, Thursday June 21st

St. James United Church, Elizabeth Ave

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Andrea, thinking of you, Craig, Madeline and Ben, and your family today as you go through this difficult time. Peace and prayers be with you…you are in our hearts at this time.
Graham, Lee and family

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Uncle Barry,
Thinking of you and wishing we were all closer to give you hugs of comfort in person.
Love Melissa, Greg, Ainslie and Kalleigh

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our families grew up together on Mackenzie Street and went to school together. Now our Granddaughter, Claire, is in school with Laura. We send our most sincere sympathy to your family.

I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts during this difficult time.

Andrea and family,
Pat and I are saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing .Please accept our condolences at this very difficult time . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Barry and family,

Deepest Sympathy on your loss.

Barry and family:
My condolences during your time of loss.

Barry and family, I wish to offer my sincere condolences on your wife’s passing.

So sorry to learn of Rachel’s passing. We worked together at Hoyles. Great nurse. Condolences to her family.

So sorry to hear . Thinking of the family during this difficult time. Take care.

Barry and family, Sincerest sympathies. Fred Stagg

Barry and Family
So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that I am thinking about you at this time and offer my sincere condolences to all your family. Unfortunately I will be away during the visitation period and the funeral at St James.

Barry and Family: So sad to hear of Rachael’s passing. We had good times during nurses training. We never worked togeth;er after training, but stayed in contact over the years, and had many wonderful visits togeth;er. She was always a dear friend. Condolences to you and all the family, and may the happy memories of Rachael assist you in this time of healing..

Condolences to the family, Hold all the wonderful memories made over the years close to your heart, to help you all get through this troubling time.

Barry, Andrea, Karen and Nicole, I’m so sorry to hear of Rae’s passing. She helped me plant my garden on MacKenzie Street, and she rocked my babies when they were small. She had a great person, and I know you all have wonderful memories of her.

Please accept my condolences upon the passing of your mother. I spoke with her many times when you girls were attending MacDonald Drive. She was always positive with her comments. I try to remember all of my former students as they meant a great deal to me. I know you will keep her memory in your heart.

So Sad to hear of Rachael’s passing. I worked with her at Hoyles. Always a pleasant lady and a great nurse. My condolences to all the family. RIP Racheal !!

Deepest sympathies to Rachaels family on her passing. We worked together on North One
at Hoyles and shared many chats over the years.
Rest easy old friend.

Barry, so sad to hear the news of your wife’s passing. Condolences to you and all your family.

Nichole, sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Deepest sympathy to the family.

I am so sad to hear of my “Mentor’s” passing. I learned so much from her when we worked together on North 1 Hoyles. Heart felt condolences to all the family. Rest in Perfect Peace my dear friend 🙏❤️🙏

Andrea: very sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and all your family.

I am sorry to hear about Rachel’s passing. I knew her when she worked with my mom Lydia Ryan. What a sweet lady and always had a hug for me whenever I saw her. She is up there now chatting with mom about all of us down here. Sending my condolences and prayers to you all. Rest now Rachel, you will never be forgotten.

Barry: deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your wife, Rachel. May the God of Love be with you at this time. Paul and Gwen.

Barry, deepest sympathy on the passing of your much loved wife Rachel.

My condolences, Nicole! It’s hard to lose a mother!