Darlene M. Halbert, 87, of Cottonwood, Idaho, born Oct. 24, 1930, in Albion, Neb., died peacefully at the Royal Plaza Retirement Center in Lewiston, Idaho, on June 16, 2018.
Darlene had many talents, besides kids, she had two other treasured talents: her floral designs and her paintings of areas where she, along with her family, would camp, fish, and hunt. She also enjoyed painting floral bouquets. Darlene owned Darlene’s Flowers and Gifts for many years in Grangeville, Idaho, eventually moving her business to Cottonwood, Idaho.
She married the loved of her life, Merlin R. Halbert on Nov. 15, 1948; they celebrated their 65th anniversary just prior to Dad’s passing, on Feb. 24, 2014.
Darlene and Merlin were blessed with nine children: Rick and Terry Lynn, of Pomeroy, Wash.; Ron and Marilyn, of Lewiston; Mer’Lene and Gary Calkins, of Lapwai, Idaho; Steve and Sherry, of Nampa, Idaho; Terry and Sandy, of Cottonwood; Doug and Maggie, of Hermiston, Ore.; Darla and Tharon Midland, of Grangeville; and Tom and Dianne, of Roseberg, Ore. They have 24 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Darlene has one surviving sister, Marion Whipple, of Yakima, Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Darlene was preceded in death by her loving husband, Merlin; son, Timmy; her parents, Velma and Alpha VanOyen; two sisters, Shirley Smith and Twila Glenn; and one brother, Delwin VanOyen.
Services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and the celebration of life Mass at 10 a.m.
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