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Darlene (Riser) Whitfield

December 4, 1950 - February 5, 2021

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Darlene (Riser) Whitfield was born December 4th, 1950 in Detroit Michigan to Margaret Riser and Otis Truvillion. Her grandparents William and Sadie Riser were very instrumental in helping to develop her physically, spiritually, and intellectually. Darlene started and completed her education in the Detroit Public School system. She also extended her education by obtaining multiple certifications including phlebotomy and child development. Darlene attended Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple where she was baptized at an early age, igniting her love for God. She was filled with the Holy Ghost in 1982 at Clinton Street.  Darlene worked as a teacher at Clinton Street for several years. She also worked for Beaumont Hospital System for 13 years before injuring herself on the job. During her life of servitude Darlene worked tirelessly bringing souls to Christ and serving the Saints of God. Darlene “did it all” for Christ! Her walk with God began at Clinton Street under the guidance of Bishop Kaster Jackson and she continued her life of servitude at The New Apostolic Way Church pastored by Gary Price Sr. Darlene married Thomas Whitfield in 1990 and was also a mother to 12 children, 3 boys (Steve, Gerves, and Thomas) and 9 girls (Lesa, Celestine, Mena, Mistie, Malaemi, Nicole, Antoinette, Charquetta, and Ebony).  Her daughter, Antoinette (Toni) Riser and 2 grandsons (Michael and Raynon) preceded her in death. Darlene lived more than half her life in servitude to God and others. She took great pleasure in being of service to her church home and church family. Her life revolve around what she could do next for God! She leaves behind a host of people she deemed special to her, relatives, and friends whose lives she impacted greatly. She will be cherished in the hearts of many.