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Darlene (Sampson) Polk


Darlene (Sampson) Polk gained her heavenly wings on Saturday, April 15, 2023, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma at the age of 85 years. Memorial Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 28, 2023, at the Wadley’s Funeral Chapel, entrusted to the care of Wadley’s Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made, and service livestreamed at www.wadleysfuneralservice.com.

Darlene was born December 8, 1937, in Rosedale, Oklahoma to Bennie and Lu’Ella (Payton) Sampson. She was a firecracker! You never knew what she might say or do next. Darlene didn’t mind laughing with you or at you, but most of all she LOVED with her whole heart.  She always put others before herself, especially her loved ones.

Darlene worked at Rubys Inn in Purcell, Okla., for several years.  She also served her community by working at local daycares and helping families maintain their homes.

Darlene loved our Lord and Savior, and attended First Baptist Church on Santa Fe in Purcell, where she served in various tasks. During her past-time, she enjoyed being with her family and attending her great-grandchildren’s sporting events and watching her stories on TV.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Bennie and Lu’Ella Sampson; her husband, Raymond Polk; her three sisters, Cleo, Gloria Ann and Velma; her brother, Jesse; and her eldest son, Theodore.

Survivors include her three children, Sharon Love of Okmulgee, Okla., Jane Polk of Lexington, Okla., and Benny Polk of Purcell, Okla.; two sisters, Wilma Jackson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Vern Payton of Oklahoma City, Okla.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews; her two best friends, Levern Moore and Vanilia Love; and many other relatives and friends.