Oct. 6th, 1944 – Feb. 25th, 2009
Unexpectedly, but with considerable grace and courage, Darlene passed away at Vancouver General Hospital in the presence of her loving husband of nearly 45 years, Robert, and children Vivian (Bob Evans), Lana and LeeAnn. She is survived by her mother Adeline (Werner) LeBlanc and brothers Wayne, Rick and Jamie along with extended family and many friends. Her father Hector LeBlanc and in-laws William and Mona Gudeit predeceased her.
Darlene, a life long member of Lumby, was a working mother and pioneer in educational efforts. From advocating the inclusion of Kindergarten in the school curriculum to obtaining her Bachelor of Arts by correspondence, she was a champion for education. For many years Darlene balanced the multiple roles of small business owner, community librarian, wife and mother. Darlene especially loved people, politics and history. Her favorite hobbies were reading, quilting and spending time with her beautiful grandchildren, Clair and Jamie. Her wise and beautiful spirit touched many lives and her passing will be greatly mourned.
A celebration of Darlene’s life will be held on March 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the White Valley Community Centre, 2250 Shields Avenue, Lumby BC.
Friends who wish to do so, may donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia and Yukon, #202, 3402-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S1. Donations in memorium can be done by fax, phone, mail, online or in person at any Heart and Stroke Foundation office.
Thank you to the incredible staff at both the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital who cared for Darlene with compassion and dignity. The family is especially grateful to the staff at Vancouver General’s CSICU unit who contributed unlimited support during a very difficult time.