Darlene Annette Noble

Darlene Annette (Bolta) Noble, 72, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Tuesday, Feb. 12, at a local hospital.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Monday at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel, with a reception to follow. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Darlene was born June 22, 1941, in Havre, to Connie (Knutson) and John F. Bolta. She spent time growing up in Havre, Fort Benton and Great Falls.

A true Montana native, Darlene loved the outdoors, cross country skiing, biking, softball and watching the horse races in her younger years. She always appreciated the beauty of the Big Sky Country and Mother Nature's gifts. The garden and yard were her sanctuary and passion. She could always be found with her hands in the soil, admiring the many flowers and blooms or sitting under the trees watching the birds and meadowlarks flutter with her dog, Gabbie, by her side.

Darlene loved the many years she worked at Tilleraas Nursery, which allowed her to get dirty and drive a Bobcat. She was also a longtime employee of Walmart.

She is survived by her children, Ken (Diane) Noble and Chuck (Sandy) Noble both of Great Falls and Diane Noble of Vancouver, Wash.; her sister, Bobbie (Gary) Carman of Bolingbrook, Ill.; four grandchildren, Kelly, Jamie, Kendra and Michelle; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Connie Bolta; her father, John Bolta; and her brother, Gary Bolta.

Condolences may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 15, 2013