Darlene LaVerne Elmer Roberts, 66, of Hood River (Odell), Ore., passed away unexpectedly Dec. 16, 2009, at her home. Her untimely death leaves much sadness to her husband, James, daughters Jilleen and Cherolyn, son Brian, brother Roy and many, many other family and friends.
A service to mourn Darlene’s passing and celebrate her life is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Pastor Terry Abbott of River of Life Assembly of God Church will officiate.
Darlene was born June 24, 1943, in Susanville, Calif., to parents Walter Vernan and Josephine Elizabeth Elmer. She grew up on a small cattle ranch where she enjoyed riding horses, tending to the animals and learning to cook from her mother.
In 1961 she graduated from Lassen Valley High School. After her father died in 1960, Darlene, her mother and brother moved to Redding, Calif., where she began studying to become a nurse.
In 1963 she met and married James Roberts and when their first child, Jilleen Shamane, was born three years later, Darlene abandoned her ambition of becoming a nurse to become a stay-at-home mother and devoted wife. In 1969 she was blessed with the birth of her only son, Brian Scott.
As her two older children grew, Darlene began working part-time as a teacher’s aide in the elementary schools her children attended. In 1976, she was blessed with the birth of her second daughter, Cherolyn Suzanne.
Three years later the family moved to Hood River, Ore., where Darlene lived out the remainder of her life. During that time she taught elementary students at Shepherd of the Valley Christian School, packed fruit at Stadelman Fruit Co., Duckwall-Pooley and Moore’s packing sheds.
Darlene was so talented in so many ways. Her hobbies included doll making, sewing, making beaded jewelry, PhotoShopping pictures of her family on the computer and cooking.
Anyone who knew Darlene also knew that she had a weakness for yard sales and antique stores. When Darlene discovered the wonders of computers and cable TV, she taught herself how to hook up and program all of her TVs and video-related gadgets.
Darlene was a wonderful seamstress. She made the dresses for her daughter Jill’s wedding and designed bridal veils for other brides-to-be. As a cook, no one could out-cook her and the spread she prepared for her family at meal-time, and especially for the holidays. She was best known for her homemade rolls and peanut butter fudge cake.
When Darlene became blessed with the addition of grandchildren to her life, she spent more time on her computer, cropping photos and making collages of her beloved grandchildren and e-mailing the pictures to all her friends and family.
With the birth of Cher’s first son, Josh, Darlene retired from working outside the home and cared for her three grandsons full-time. The last seven years of her life were dedicated to caring for them and her devoted husband, Jim. Her heart’s desire was to have her other four grandchildren, who live in South Carolina, be with her in Oregon.
Darlene and Jim attended and supported the River of Life Assembly of God Church in Hood River. She was a very strong Christian woman and never wavered from her faith in God. She prayed for everyone to come to know the Lord.
Darlene is survived and will be dearly missed by her husband, James Arthur Roberts, of Hood River; daughters Jilleen Roberts, of Hillsboro, Ore., and Cherolyn Yarnell and her husband, Josh, of White Salmon, Wash.; son Brian Roberts and his wife, Holly, of Easley, S.C.; grandchildren Megan, Josh, Caleb, Mandalyn, Josh, Gunnar and Lucas; brother Roy Elmer and his wife, Kassy, and numerous others; and her faithful pug, Olive.
Memorial contributions can be made in her name and sent care of Anderson’s Tribute Centers.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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