Obituary for Amanda Darlene Frye Valitutto

Amanda Darlene Frye Valitutto, 64, passed from this life unto the loving arms of her Lord on January 24, 2023.

Darlene was born to Charles M. and Pearl Smith Frye in Pinehurst on November 1, 1958. Darlene was a graduate of Pinecrest High School in 1977. She graduated from Sandhills Community College in 1979 receiving her degree in Practical Nursing. She took her State National Boards in 1979 and started working at Moore Regional Hospital on March 5, 1979. Darlene continued her education at Sandhills Community College receiving an Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing in 1984 and she continued her education at UNC Pembroke receiving her Bachelors of Science Degree in nursing in 1999, and because Darlene was a lifelong learner she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Regis University in 2005 with a GPA of 3.897, all while working a full time job 40 hours a week.

In 1989 Darlene was recognized as the first nurse at Moore Regional Hospital to become a Certified Medical Surgical Nurse within the hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 1994 she began working in the rehabilitation center and in 1996 she took and passed her certification to become a registered rehabilitation nurse at Moore Regional. A 1997 article written by Darlene was published and earned 3rd place in writing by the American Rehabilitation Nurses Association.

Over the years, Darlene taught nursing clinicals part time at both Richmond Community College and Montgomery Community College. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Honors Society at UNC Pembroke, and the Sigma Theta Tau Nurses National Honor Society holding various positions. A lifelong member of Culdee Presbyterian Church, Darlene served as Chair of her Circle and Missions, as well as being moderator for the Presbyterian Women. She served as an Elder from 2022 until her death.

In her 64 years, she touched the lives of countless numbers of people who were her patients, their families, her coworkers and her family. She loved crafting, knitting, crochet, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the beach.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Edmund Valitutto and her mother Pearl Smith Frye and one uncle, Earl Smith of Kannapolis, NC. Darlene loved her two legged cousins, her four legged children Prissy, Georgie and Bentley, and her lifelong friend and colleague Jerry Caddell.

Services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11:00 am at Culdee Presbyterian Church, 916 NC Hwy 73, West End, NC with visitation following in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers the family requests monetary donations be made to Pearl S. Frye, C/O First Citizens Bank, 105 Aviemore Drive Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Valitutto family.

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