Darlene Daisy Ann (Charles) DeLand (1940 - 2017)

Obituary
  • "Mamma I miss you like I never thought. I wish I had more..."
    - Marlene Duncan
  • "My heartfelt sympathies to the family during this difficult..."
    - J W
  • "When we lost a beloved one at time is difficult to express..."
    - Judith
  • "Sorry for your loss. May the memories you shared with..."
    - Anthony
  • "It was great meeting Darlene and her love for her friends..."
    - Felix Lee

Darlene Daisy Ann DeLand was born September 20, 1940 to George and Irene (Charles) Okegawa in Petersburg, Alaska.

Darlene was a rambunctious as a child some even considered her to be ornery, however one thing for sure is that she loved her family. Darlene was proud to be the daughter of a fisherman and was surrounded by family that loved her. Darlene as a teenager was into collecting 45 records to include her favorites such as Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline. Darlene was also extremely proud of her Tlingit and Japanese heritage and as a young child danced and made Alaska Native regalia with her Mother and Grandmother.

Darlene was married to Frank DeLand in the summer of 1961. During the early years of marriage she accompanied her husband throughout many communities of SE Alaska. Her Daughter Irene was born in Juneau, Alaska and her sons Stanley and Michael quickly followed both being born in Ketchikan, Alaska, 11 months apart. Darlene learned quickly on how to raise three young children and at times caring also for her younger brother (Daniel). Darlene was a homemaker her whole adult life ensuring that each house her family lived in was a "home". After a few years of traveling they settled in Petersburg where their last daughter, Marlene was born. In 1976 Darlene and her family moved to Juneau where she remained until 2013.

In 1980 Darlene was diagnosed with a severe mental illness which she constantly battled for the rest of her life. However one of the greatest joys of her life were her Grandchildren which gave her a new purpose in life. She was lovingly referred to as "Grandma Bear" by her grandchildren. Darlene also had the opportunity to see two Great-Grandchildren born, Madison and Kai and was able to spend an extended time with both this last year.

In 1989 she lost her son Michael and then in 1991 she lost her husband Frank.

In 2013 she moved to Washington with her youngest daughter Marlene. In the short time she was in Washington she made many friends that grew to love and care for her. Darlene passed away on September 26 just days after celebrating her 77th birthday. To those of you who loved and cared for our Mother we are eternally grateful.

Darlene is survived by her children Irene (Feleti) Tupou, Stanley DeLand and Marlene Duncan. Grandchildren Crystal, Kyle, Romney and Kuelene. Great-grandchildren; Madison and Kai. Brothers; Ronald (Lucy), Daniel, Steve and a sister Cat Bradley. Nieces; Christine, Charlotte Okegawa and Georgianna (John) Reeb. Nephews; Amiri and Mekai Bradley. Cousins; Sam Kito Jr, John Kito, Barbara Musewski, Amelia June Gage, Pete Hocson, Mary Hocson Mills, Barbara Charles and Rose Marie Courtney.

Services are planned for Saturday October 7th, at the new LDS Auke Lake Chapel, 10585 Glacier Hwy, with a viewing at 1PM and Services at 2PM.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Oct. 5 to Nov. 4, 2017