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Darlene Joyce Adkins

September 12, 1934 - July 9, 2012

SALEM - Darlene Joyce Adkins passed away peacefully in her Salem home on July 9, 2012 surrounded by family. She was 77 years old. Darlene was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be greatly missed. She is survived by Leslie Adkins, her loving husband of 60 years; her four children and their spouses: Christine and Kim Case of Salem Oregon, Steve and Kari Adkins of Corvallis Oregon, Doug and Susan Adkins of Salem Oregon, and Dale and Suzanne Adkins of Salem Oregon; her siblings and their spouses: Audrey Adkins of Ontario Oregon, Lorraine Bennett of Ontario Oregon, Betty and Marion Smith of Boise Idaho, Jim and Sandy Hance of Helena Montana, and Shirley Adkins of Helena Montana. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren: Jennifer Re'and her husband Jesse, David Parnell, Pamela Parnell, Adam Hunt, Adam Parnell, Elizabeth Case, Naomi Case, Dexter Case, Dylan Case, Spencer Adkins, Brynn Adkins, Blythe Adkins, Lauren Adkins, Joshua Adkins, and Molly Adkins; four great grandchildren Kaitlin Re', Marcus Re', Clayton Case, and Emily Hunt.

Darlene was born as Darlene Joyce Hance in Boise, Idaho on September 12, 1934 to Lorn and Ruth Hance. She married Les Adkins on January 22, 1952 and shortly thereafter the couple moved to Anchorage, Alaska where Les was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. They transferred to McChord Air Force base in Tacoma, Washington in 1954 where Les was honorably discharged. As the family grew, they resided in Fall Creek, Sweet Home, Eugene, Cave Junction, Oregon City, Grand Forks, N.D., and Laramie Wyo. In 1965 the family moved to Salem where, except for their year in Laramie, Les and Darlene have resided since. Darlene always made the best of homes for a young family on the move. She loved flowers, music, old movies, being in the sunshine, traveling, visiting relatives, and especially attending events for children and grandchildren. She rarely missed a football game, musical performance, soccer game, basketball game, or school play.

In 1971, when the children had grown, she took a job at Sears in Unit Control retiring in the early 80's. She also worked for Dentist Dan Davis as a receptionist from 1983 to 1987.

Darlene, Mom, Grandma, Maga, Great Grandma was a very special person who always put others first. Even in the worst of circumstances she was always concerned about the welfare of others.

A service to celebrate Darlene's life will be held on July 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Covenant Church, 5020 Liberty Road South, Salem, Oregon. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Published in StatesmanJournal on July 15, 2012
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