"We just went against all their wishes. We just went and got married," she said.
She said the parental conflict brought the two closer.
"I really think that the more people push you, the closer you become," she said.
Her husband's work ethic was one quality that drew her to him. His ability to provide for his wife and their three children gave Darla the chance to pursue her own talents.
"He said if I married him, I could do as I wanted to," she said.
What she wanted to do was sing.
"I got my first choir robe when I was 6," she said.
She sings soprano with the Laurel Highlands Chorale. Some of her best memories were with the group. She said she met former President Bill Clinton, sang with Gov. Ed Rendell, and sang at the Flight 93 National Monument.
And even when she is not with the group, she is still singing with them. Her favorite place, a porch swing, almost always has a music player beside it. And more often than not, Darla can be found in the porch swing singing along with her recordings.
"This is where I spend my life," she said from the swing.