WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Delores "Darlyn" (Marquis) Theriault, 80, of White Sulphur Springs, died of cancer Tuesday at a Helena hospital.
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Cremation has taken place under the direction of Big Sky Cremations. A memorial service is 2 p.m. May 15 at Mayn Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs; but in case of inclement weather, it will be held at Twitchell Funeral Home. A coffee hour will follow at Meagher County Senior Center.
Delores Darlyn Marquis Theriault of White Sulphur Springs passed away April 27, 2010, at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena, surrounded by her family, after a short battle with cancer.
Darlyn was born Jan. 30, 1930, to Ernest and Florence Marquis in Custer, Wash. Darlyn was the eldest of three children. Her sister, Erna Mae Fink, who lives in Shelton, Wash., and her brother, Wesley Marquis, who lives in Claremont, Calif., survive her.
Darlyn moved to Ringling, Mont., in 1958, with her six children, Carran, Mitch, Jim, Scott, Connie and Debbie. She traveled approximately 20 miles back and forth to work each day, until she could manage the move into White Sulphur Springs, where she embraced the community she loved and chose to make her home for the rest of her life. It wasn't easy for her but she managed to raise her six kids, and make a wonderful home for them as well.
Darlyn was very active in her community, especially enjoying her work with the VFW. She was auxiliary president for 21 years and called bingo for several years, along with playing in the local dart and pool leagues. In the last year she had volunteered at the Castle Museum gift shop as a way to give back to the community she loved.
She made many friends along the way and was one of the most dedicated, conscientious employees and managers you could ever meet. Darlyn remained employed into her late seventies. She started working at the Truck Stop Café, worked several years at the Mountainview Medical Center and retired from the State of Montana liquor store, which she managed until its closure. Darlyn also managed the Tenderfoot Motel for five years before returning to the restaurant business. She loved her work and her co-workers, and enjoyed baking and managing the Happy Days Café, retiring shortly before she passed away.
Darlyn married Julian Theriault and together they raised another family, which consisted of four boys and two girls.
Darlyn's greatest love and proudest achievement was her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Julian Theriault; sons, Mitch (Charlene) Huffield of Columbus Mont., Jim (Kelly)of White Sulphur Springs, Scott (Kass) Huffield of Pocatello Idaho, Bill (Lorena) Theriault of Harlowton, Quint (Tammy) Theriault of Helena, Milton Theriault of Townsend and Wade (Delana) Theriault of Townsend; daughters Connie Mavity of St. Maries, Idaho, Debbie Huffield of Helena, Julene (Landen) Knowles of Townsend and Amber (Craig) Masolo of Townsend; 33 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Carren; son-in-law Neil Mavity; and granddaughter Shiloh Theriault.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Meagher County City Library.
Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 4, 2010