— Darlene Renee Guerdette, 69, of Missoula, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 of natural causes.
Darlene was born on Sept. 13, 1947 in Minot, North Dakota to Charles Guerdette and Ruby (Nelson) Guerdette.
In her early years, Darlene lived in Minot, Fairbanks and Las Vegas, but Montana and more so, Missoula soon became home for the rest of her life. She held pride in being the last graduating class, (’65) from Missoula County High School. With a ’66 Mustang and enrollment in a nursing program, her childhood dreams were unfolding.
In 1969 Darlene's first and only child, Michael was born. The two lived with her father, Charles, "Pa", until he passed away in '75 at the age of 58. She worked hard raising Michael, continuing education and working full time as an ICU/CCU nurse at St. Patrick's Hospital. She took on temporary employment at Nursing Homes and Labelle's/Best to make ends meet or when Christmas was near. When Michael left for the Navy, she finished her degree and became an RN in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital where she also enjoyed ambulance nursing for a short time.
Her life was full of hobbies including ceramics, cooking, dancing, knitting, sewing. She took great pride in umpiring girls little league and teaching aerobics, with the motto, "If a fat girl can do it, you can to!" She was a devoted animal lover and stray meant nothing since any wayward animal on her property immediately had a loving home.
Darlene had many names; she was a sister, (Sis), to Jerry, Auntie Dar to Kelly and Darlin Dar, (or simply "Dar") to many. But it was 1995 when her most cherished title was unveiled and "Grandma Dar" was created, with her email and license plate proudly reflecting who she was.
Darlene's career, activities and loving nature touched so many. Her loss will be felt near and far for decades.
As Ma B. would say "goodbye" means "God be with you"!
So, Goodbye Darlene, you will be missed!
We Love You,
Funeral service will be held July 8, 2017 at First Lutheran Church at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck reception.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the First Lutheran Church honorarium.