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Posted by Darlene Noyce on April 19, 2021
Darlene and Bill were neighbors in Mexico, great neighbors!! Darlene was involved in the community on our development. She knew everyone on the mountain and was friends with all. She brought the feeling of kindness and friendship with her wherever she went. Rest in peace Darlene!!
Posted by Isabell Bruce on April 19, 2021
I am Bill's oldest sister.
When my son was young he loved spending summers at the farm. He especially liked the pool they put in, and of course the baby calves,Feeding the chickens and collecting eggs
Yes Darlene was a farmer.
On mom's 40th wedding anniversary 1984. Darlene planned a big family reunion for all nine of us kids and their families. A lot of work but she loved every minute of it.
I moved to West Kelowna just over a year ago to happily discover that I lived in walking distance of their new home.
We are all in shock. I can't believe your gone. When I drop in and have coffee with Bill I see you everywhere.
Sending love and prayers to my heart broken brother and his family.
Posted by Bob Richards on April 19, 2021
As we say farewell to Darlene, it is with many a happy memory of those years we spent as close friends and neighbours in Mexico. Ever fun, ever thoughtful, ever caring, she was a huge asset to our community. We shall always remember the passion she brought to all she undertook, and the passion she inspired in all those close to her. Her meticulous house, her love of her garden, and her joie de vivre are a lasting legacy we will long remember and forever cherish.
Thank you for everything you have done for us all.
Posted by Noel Jenkins on April 19, 2021
Who was Darlene ??

Unfortunately, we only met Darlene later in our lives, but we quickly realized on our very first meeting, what kind of person she was......she was genuinely outgoing, loving, kind, fun to be with, and always ready to have a good laugh .....and not to forget her talent in the kitchen.

We saw her as a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and friend, but we feel so sad that she did not get to enjoy being a Great Grandmother to little Ziah.
Oh, how she would have loved that !!

When Nicole & Dave became a couple, she right away took us in as Family, and made us feel like Family. We were both so looking forward to having She and Bill as In-laws in the years ahead, but I guess that was not to be. However, we do look forward to having those times with Bill.

She and Bill loved their Mexico, and the warmth that it offered during the cold winters of Central BC, and they made many close friends down there, both Mexican and Canadian.

Sadly, we only enjoyed those few times together, Darlene, but we will remember them well, as we will cherish your memory, now that you have unexpectedly, and tragically left us.

We will miss you, Dear Darlene,
With All Our Love,
Phyl & Noel
Posted by Mavis Holoiday on April 18, 2021
I remember you taking a picture of my son pushing NICs doll buggy. That was a long time ago now. 
How about those turkeys you raised and the one we got just about didn't fit in the roaster? 35 lbs!! 
You telling us about your visits to La Penita and wanting to build a house.
Seeing you just a year ago and helping us with a shower rod. 
Even though we didn't see you often it was so wonderful to run into you and know that our visits seemed like it was just yesterday that we had talked and laughed.
May you rest in peace Darlene.
Love from Mavis and Mike Holoiday

Posted by Sheila Robin on April 18, 2021
Oh Darlene. . .where do I begin. . .
I had the privilege of knowing this warm hearted, sincere woman for 11+ years. Of course, like many, I first met Darlene in Mexico, as her and Bill were chalk-lining the area of their new Mexican casa, right next to us. We were so excited to be getting neighbors.
It's difficult to imagine going back to Mexico, without that warm smile, open arms and hearty hug to greet me, as she did every year.
I will always remember Darlene for those amazing aromas coming from her kitchen. She was always the first store I would check out, when needing just that one simple ingredient. There wasn’t much Darlene didn’t have, either in her pantry, or growing on the patio. No matter what, Darlene was always there for me. . . She was my sounding-board and never seemed to tire of my “WOES”.
Until we meet again, I will ALWAYS remember you and SADLY miss you. R.I.P. my dearest friend. 
Condolences to you, Bill, and the entire family.
Posted by Clark&Karen Hilmoe on April 18, 2021
Well Darlene, we are so thankful for the many adventures we have shared in our travels together--Acapulco- Guayabitos - Los Ayala - houseboat on Shuswap! The last two summers you guys were busy selling you home and getting another and then came Covid and our "worlds" changed. But you were still able to spend time with Baby Ziah. For this too we are thankful! With all our  memories Darlene - as Clark says- you are not gone--just away!!! 
Posted by Deborah Goodman on April 18, 2021
We had the priviledge of knowing Darlene only a very short time. She was loving, warm and welcoming and a straight shooter which we loved. Darlene was always fun and quick to laugh and had a big smile on her face. We will miss that smile and her vibrant personality. God bless you, Darlene ❤
Posted by Crystal Zaseybida on April 17, 2021
The first time I really spent some time with Darlene and Bill was in Mexico. They hosted a wonderful happy hour party for the neighborhood one of the first times I visited my parents at their new to them Mexico casa. Darlene was very welcoming to me and my family. I looked forward to seeing her every year we went to Mexico. When we held a fundraiser at the Bennett Estates of course Darlene and Bill were there to support us. It was so great to see them in Canada! I will miss our yearly visits and catching up on what’s so going on. Darlene loved to chat. She was tons of fun.

Like Darlene I too loved the weather and beauty in Mexico. I loved their amazing gardens and interesting and functional back yard! Their flowers were one of the first thing I was excited to see when we arrive at the villa.

We will miss her dearly. Our heartfelt condolences to Bill and family. Big hugs and love from the Zaseybida-Sweet gang ❤️
Posted by Estela Castro Gutierrez on April 16, 2021
Darlene, thank you for so much love, Thank you because you gave me part of your heart, thank you because you became my family. I love you.
Posted by Susan Salazar on April 15, 2021
Darlene was a great friend who we will miss more than words can express. She will always have a special space in my heart. She was a friend you could always count on, always have fun with and always learn from. She motivated me with her constant smile and enthusiasm and could always see a positive side of any situation. I am so blessed to have had you as my friend and will never forget you Darlene. I pray we will meet again someday in another place.
Susan
Posted by Nicole JD on April 14, 2021
Mom, I wish I'd had more time with you. Although I know I could never have had enough. I admire and love you so deeply. Thank you for the years we had together and all the fun and love you shared with me. You are my inspiration.
Always, Nic
Posted by Brenda Lund on April 2, 2021
Darlene, I always admired your determination in everything you did. Loved calling you Martha. You were such a good cook, gardener, decorator. Grateful to have been your neighbour in Mexico. Condolences to your family.

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Posted by Darlene Noyce on April 19, 2021
Darlene and Bill were neighbors in Mexico, great neighbors!! Darlene was involved in the community on our development. She knew everyone on the mountain and was friends with all. She brought the feeling of kindness and friendship with her wherever she went. Rest in peace Darlene!!
Posted by Isabell Bruce on April 19, 2021
I am Bill's oldest sister.
When my son was young he loved spending summers at the farm. He especially liked the pool they put in, and of course the baby calves,Feeding the chickens and collecting eggs
Yes Darlene was a farmer.
On mom's 40th wedding anniversary 1984. Darlene planned a big family reunion for all nine of us kids and their families. A lot of work but she loved every minute of it.
I moved to West Kelowna just over a year ago to happily discover that I lived in walking distance of their new home.
We are all in shock. I can't believe your gone. When I drop in and have coffee with Bill I see you everywhere.
Sending love and prayers to my heart broken brother and his family.
Posted by Bob Richards on April 19, 2021
As we say farewell to Darlene, it is with many a happy memory of those years we spent as close friends and neighbours in Mexico. Ever fun, ever thoughtful, ever caring, she was a huge asset to our community. We shall always remember the passion she brought to all she undertook, and the passion she inspired in all those close to her. Her meticulous house, her love of her garden, and her joie de vivre are a lasting legacy we will long remember and forever cherish.
Thank you for everything you have done for us all.
her Life

late 1970s

I have such tender memories of time with my mom during this period. She grew us a huge incredible garden with vegetables, fruits, and flowers. I can remember her sending me out to gather items while she was cooking dinner. She made homemade cookies and doughnuts and let me taste the dough. I remember her giving me a bath with baking soda when I had chicken pox and watching the muppet show on TV... and many other sweet memories of my early childhood.

She was an incredible mom, and I'm so proud that she was mine. 
Nicole

2015

Mom played a huge role in my wedding to Dave, which was held in Los Ayala, Mexico. This is the town Darlene and Bill lived in for 6-7 months each year. It was an incredible and fun wedding week and mom made it joyous and adventurous of course!
Nicole

2020

Darlene was so proud of her first great grandchild, Ziah. He was born in May 2020 and she and Bill spent a lot of time with Ziah during this summer.
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Shared by Grace Vollrath on April 16, 2021
Pleasure to have such a beautiful and caring person join our family. Love seeing you when I got a chance to come for holidays.