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Darlene Rae Coccari


04/07/1965 - 10/01/2015 Obituary
Darlene Rae Coccari Obituary
Darlene Rae Coccari, of Tehachapi, California, left this world on October 1st after a nearly seven-year battle against breast cancer, during which she demonstrated great courage, grace, honor, optimism, and dignity, without ever losing her love of life, family, friends, co-workers, and students.
Darlene maintained her unfailing positive attitude toward life throughout her grueling fight against cancer. She felt that life was a precious gift from God; that living was a privilege and an opportunity to honor God. She was grateful for every moment of life and dedicated herself to making the world a better place.
While cancer undeniably robbed Darlene's body of strength, it utterly failed to touch or alter her beautiful soul, spirit, and mind.
Born in Madison, Indiana on April 7th, 1965, Darlene excelled in high school volleyball and tennis, earning a tennis scholarship to East Texas State University. She then transferred to and completed her scholarship at Texas State University in San Marcos. After earning her degree in English, she went to work as an Inventory Management Specialist first at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and then at Edwards Air Force Base in California. After a 14-year stint working for the Federal Government with a classified security clearance, she decided to pursue a career in teaching.
After earning her teaching credential at Fresno State University, she began teaching in the Mojave Unified School District in Mojave, California. During her 10-year teaching career, she demonstrated remarkable flexibility as she taught troubled students from ages seven to 13 in a self-contained setting, then junior high school English, math, and physical education, then kindergarten and second grade. Darlene loved all of her students, especially those facing daunting hardships in life. She donated or bought clothing for students who were without and worked tirelessly to ensure her students' success.
When Darlene's cancer had progressed to the point where she had to stop working, many of her colleagues in the district donated hundreds of hours of personal sick leave to Darlene to help her manage her illness and ease financial stress. These generous donations by her colleagues will forever remain a testament to her bright spirit and the positive impact she made on all those she worked with.
As a measure of Darlene's love of people, she has donated her corneas for transplanting to a sightless person and her body for medical research.
Darlene was preceded in death by her grandparents, John W. and Charlotte Gullion; Grandmother Eloise Cowan Everidge Schnabel; Grandfather R B Everidge; Step-grandfather Melvin Schnabel.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Michael Coccari of Tehachapi; her son John-Michael, 24, of Northridge; her son Trent, 16, of Tehachapi; her parents, Michael D. and Phyllis D. Everidge of Madison, Indiana; brothers Michael W. Everidge and his wife Sharon of Austin, Indiana; Jeffrey and his wife Christina Everidge of Harrisburg, PA; Cary and his wife Tammye Everidge of Houston, Texas; nephews Zachery and Lucas Everidge of Harrisburg; Uncle John E. and Beverly Gullion of Scottsburg, Indiana; cousins Christy Deaton, Cara Alfele, Johnny Gullion, and Jonathan Gullion; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Roger Hough of Corona, CA.; as well as the loving families of the Botbyls, St. Jeans, Smiths, and Branhams.
Memorial services are pending. Instead of sending flowers, anyone wanting to honor Darlene's memory is humbly asked to make a donation to the .
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 8, 2015
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