ALLARY - Darlene Joyce Allary.
September 4, 1952 - May 20, 2020.
It is with heavy hearts that her daughter's Michelle and Shauna announce the sudden passing of their loving and hard working mother on Wednesday, May 20. She headed off to work in the usual way. Sadly it was to be her last. After heroic efforts made by her co-workers her little body just could not fight. She passed away with her daughters by her side. She was doing what she loved ... nurturing and caring for others. Darlene Joyce was born September 4, 1952 to Paul and Mary Didluck (nee Tkachuk) in Foam Lake, SK. She was the second child of four, Neil, Mervin and Donna. The family worked hard on a farm near lnsinger. They later moved to Yorkton when the school closed. Her father passed away at the young age of 38 (1965) leaving her mother to perform many roles caring for her children. Darlene married Fred Allary in 1969 and they made a home together in Regina, SK. Their union was blessed with a daughter Michelle Monica in 1971 and in 1974 after moving to Creston, BC they welcomed Shauna Lisa Marie. In 1976 she decided to move back to Yorkton, unfortunately single but with her two precious daughters in tow. There she received help from her mother to raise her girls. They lived in a home on James Ave. in which she owned and resided until the time of her passing. She was particularly proud of her home as it was the original farmhouse amidst farmland and the rest of the neighbourhood was built around it. Hence its unique positioning. She loved to share that story. Darlene loved and provided everything her daughters needed and then some. She affectionately called them her calves. Her girls lacked nothing. She took them to Disneyland in 1980. This was a huge trip for a single parent. One that the girls will always cherish. The most memorable though were all the camping trips in the 1974 Boler. She ventured out to many beautiful campsites in Clearlake, Greenwater, Waskesiu and Madge Lake to name a few. Camping, fishing and boating were some of her favorite activities. She also travelled to Hawaii, Mexico, Dominican Republic and all over the USA and Canada. Darlene's daughters married and blessed her with seven grandchildren, Michael, Mason, Mackenzie, Demery, Wyatt, Will and Ava. One great grandchild, Nova and Macie Grey (born July 18, 2020). She loved and adored all her grandchildren. She often babysat them, took them fishing and fed them all so well. They cherish an abundance of memories made spending time with Grandma D as she was affectionately called. From coin collecting, baking, making cardboard houses, Saturday night radio bingo and driving her riding lawnmower through obstacle courses around her front lawn. Things that their parents probably wouldn't let them do. She allowed them to get dirty and just be kids. They loved it and she loved them. Darlene was known for attending to her yard, flowers galore and planting a small but bountiful garden of which she always shared the harvest. She would start her tomato plants when there was still snow on the ground and nurtured them until they were ready to be shared. She was forever hounding family and co-workers to save their disposable coffee cups to start them in. She left seventy plants this year which have been planted. They will be nurtured as she would have and then shared and canned as this was another thing she enjoyed doing. She loved to cook and bake. She would phone her children, and say, "I made a chicken, why don't you come & pick it up on your way home from work?" She would only take a small portion for her lunch the next day and send a full meal home with them. Children and grandchildren enjoyed many meals with Grandma D. She would have enough for everyone and you never left empty handed. She made care packages for Shauna's pigs, chickens and all of her grand-doggies. A family favorite was her loaded pizzas where she would put so many toppings that the crust could barely hold up. She was also famous for her headcheese as her co-workers could attest to. A huge passion of Darlene's were animals. She would take in the unlovable and unwanted pets. Care for them and love them for the rest of their lives. She even took in a pet that belonged to a resident that passed away. She felt bad for the dog and wanted to make sure that it was still loved. She left behind two dogs she adored, Roxy Roller and Milo. She would take them for car rides to get ice cream. They are now being cared for and loved by family. Darlene had many jobs but was most proud of her career with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, starting in 1990. She was a hard worker and tried her hand at positions in dietary and laundry. Her true joy was realized when she became a special care aide. She found her true calling. She loved to joke with her residents and patients making them laugh and smile. She was known for caring for them and going that extra mile in helping their families feel comfortable as well, always asking about them or their loved ones when she would see them around town. The hundreds of comments from her friends and co-workers solidified what her family already knew... she genuinely cared for people. At the time of her passing she was working on medicine, the E.R. and North One at the YDNH. Darlene knew she could have retired years ago and her girls encouraged her to do so. But her love of people prompted her to continue working until her passing. Her goal was to work until she was seventy. She always said "I just love my job." Darlene suffered many losses. Her long time partner Ron Steininger in 2012, leaving her devastated and lonely. She assisted with his care as an aide in ICU right up until the time of his passing. They spent a lot of time together with their families and friends. Traveling to Mexico, a houseboat adventure on the Shuswap's and countless hours at the cabin at Good Spirit Lake. She lost her dad in 1965 and requested to be buried with him which will be honored. A loss of her grandson Mason in 2009 which she grieved for him until the day she died. Darlene leaves behind to mourn and cherish these memories, her two daughters and their families. Eldest daughter Michelle (Gary) Lowton and her sons Michael (Storm) Shore and MacKenzie (Jayden) Shore. A little great granddaughter Nova and another baby girl due in July, daughters of Michael and Storm. Youngest daughter Shauna (Brad) Duncan and their children Demery, Wyatt, Will and Ava. Her mother Mary Didluck along with her brothers Neil (Sharon) Didluck, Mervin (Debbie) Didluck and her sister Donna (John) Palkowski. Also her best friend Lynda Trithart-Mair whom is like an aunty to her girls. Although Darlene was not affiliated with any particular religion, she did have a spiritual side. Her two daughters would like to share a scripture that brings them great comfort during this time of mourning, Rev. 21 : 3, 4.
Those wishing to make donations can do so to the Yorkton SPCA, 79 7th Ave. S., Yorkton, SK. S3N 3V1 as gifts of remembrance. Condolences can be left at baileysfuneralhome.com.