darlenewhitlatchDarlene passed away last Wednesday evening, October 12, at home in Aurora. She had been under hospice care for several days. A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow (October 17) at Olinger’s Chapel on Hampden Avenue just west of the Hampden-Yosemite intersection, beginning at 1 o’clock.

Darlene May Shade was born August 17, 1931, in Lovington, Nebraska. She was a premature baby, and her mother was only 15 years old when she was born. She had two younger brothers, Melvin and Ron. There was a 12-year gap between Darlene and the older of her two brothers.

The family later moved to Wild Horse, Colorado, where Darlene’s father built a gas station, store and restaurant. She helped the family by working at the restaurant.

On October 16, 1947, when she was 16 years old, Darlene married Al Whitlatch, in Raton, New Mexico. That was 64 years ago today. At various times they lived in Limon, Denver, Commerce City, Montbello and Aurora.

They had four children — Linda Peterson and Dennis, Mark and David Whitlatch — and several grandchildren. Al passed away in January 2006 and Dennis died in July 2010.

Darlene spent her adult life as a homemaker. She liked to sew, knit and crochet. She also enjoyed playing card games such as pitch and cribbage. For many years Al and Darlene went camping several times each summer. Al would do the fishing and Darlene would cook the fish. She loved eating fish. They continued to go camping even after Al was stricken with paralysis in 1972.

Darlene and Al were baptized on the same day in Commerce City, May 10, 1964. They became part of this congregation in 1989. We will surely miss her. May God comfort her bereaved family.

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