Darlene Gail Denman
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darlene Gail Denman.
She died August 27 peacefully in her Nanaimo home, at the age of 57, following a three year battle with cancer. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 40 years Ron, daughter Andrea (James) and 3 grandchildren; Brayden, Robert and Emily and her parents, 2 sisters, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Darlene started her family in Kelowna where they lived for 20 years. She worked in the hospital kitchen, and later studied to become an RN. Many of the people she worked with in the kitchen and studied with to become an RN, became life long friends. In 1995 Darlene moved with her family to be closer to her sisters and parents in Nanaimo. Darlene was an RN for close to 30 years and made lasting friendships with many of the people she worked with. As an RN she cared for many people, right up until 2012 when she was first diagnosed. She enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, boating and walks along the ocean. More recently Darlene became interested in playing badminton, tennis and pickleball with her husband Ron, and quickly made new friends in each sport. She also enjoyed camping in their fifth wheel at horseshoe tournaments and became very good friends with some of the other campers. Darlene was strong, fiesty and full of life. She fought hard, until the cancer spread and she lost her struggle. Darlene made a significant impact on the people that got to know her, and will always be remembered for her strong will, loyalty to friends and family, and great sense of humor.
At Darlene’s request there will be no funeral service, but she asked that there be a backyard celebration of life at their home, at a later date. For those that wish, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.