DARLENE JOY STEPHENS (1933-2013)
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Darlene Joy Stephens passed away on March 26, 2013 while on a trip to California.
Darlene was born to Everett and Bea Buchanan in Haines, Alaska on December 14, 1933. Their family was one of the early pioneers of Alaska. Darlene was raised on Fox Farm Island in Saginaw Bay, later moving to Sitka, ultimately to Juneau which was truly her home for over 65 years.
Sometime after graduating from high school Darlene worked as a switch board operator at Alaska Communicating System and later as a sales clerk at the early Juneau Drug Store.
On April 7, 1952 Darlene married Loren Stephens. The couple built their first home in Lawson Creek, before moving to the valley and operating Glacierview Trailer Court. Darlene was bookkeeper and company administrator for Loren's business Superior Builders. Later Darlene was Broker for her own real estate office. She was a fantastic artist who translated Alaska's beauty onto canvas with oils and acrylics.
Darlene was a wonderful wife and magnificent mother to her children and treasured her grandchildren and friends.
Darlene is survived by her husband Loren, brother Jim Buchanan, sister Mary Ann Johnson, daughter Kathy Graham, sons Keith (Debby), Kenny (Wendy), Kelly, Kristan (Tara) and Keri (Stacy), her grandchildren Kaydon, Jeremy (Emily), Torry, Gary, Paul (Hannah), Kyle, Kallan, Mayson, Grayhm and her good friend Fiona.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the
in Darlene's name.
Services are scheduled at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses at the end of Teslin Avenue on April 17th at 2pm. A potluck reception will follow at 1900 Crest Drive.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Apr. 14, 2013