Darlene L. Mummert
December 9, 1922 – August 14, 2012
This is a worthy and remembrance eulogy of my loving grandmother Darlene Lucile Mummert, who was born to Myrtle and Hugh Parkhill on December 9, 1922 in Oto, Iowa. "Dolly" as she was referred to by her siblings Elizabeth, Victor and parents, grew up on a typical farm in the mid-west. She graduated from Oto High School, married young and had four (4) children by the age of 25.
Raising her family some 35 miles away in Siouz City, she was a working mother who worked for a meat packing plant while her husband was a mechanic. They always found time on Saturday nights to go dancing to the big band music over at the Tomba Ballroom. Unfortunately, that union with my grandfather ended. She eventually remarried and settled her children in Massachusetts with her new husband. Life took her again in a different direction, in which case, the marriage ended and a new life began in Colorado in 1958. She had other family closer now and in a short few years, her parents moved to Colorado as well. She was involved with her children's school and sports, was a great cook, but most of all, she was both mother, and father and disciplinarian for her children. Love and respect grew as the years went by.
Darlene was a waitress at the famous (back then) family restaurant the Denver Drumstick for eight (8) years along with her sister. To help even more to support her children, she found a new career with Safeway Stores as a manager in the Deli Department. She remained here until she met the "love" of her life. His name was Buzz. Buzz was the neighborhood mailman and made daily trips to the deli. They dated, fell in love and spent the next 37 years together. They traveled to Hawaii, Las Vegas and everywhere in Colorado. The made yearly trips to Las Vegas, especially downtown Las Vegas, and the "penny slots", which she totally enjoyed and continued when gambling came to Colorado in the early 90's. Her face would light up just thinking about it!
It was a day to remember whenever she visited another favorite spot, the Cherry Cricket Inn at 2nd and Detroit. Here, along with daughter JoAnn, they would enjoy an early lunch with a juicy hamburger and a brew and watch all the "lovely" people; even once rubbing elbows with the mayor and governor on any given Saturday. She was such a people watcher and enjoyed herself totally, and let us not forget the many garage sales in the neighorhood.
There were many holiday fun and dinners shared with her children and grandchildren that endured for many years. She also had heartache along the way in losing loved ones such as her son and son-in-law in their prime. As her journey continued on for the next 20 years, she and Buzz were constant company for each other in good times and bad, until that sad day when her life partner passed away in 2009.
With the very recent passing of my grandmother, I wanted to also say that she was a good and strong woman who did what she wanted and lived a good long life. Her everyday presence wil be missed immensely. We all loved and cared for her so much. Our hearts will be hurting, but if we all remember those special moments we had with her, they will live on forever...
- Visitation Sunday, August 19, 2012
- Funeral Service Monday, August 20, 2012
Darlene L. Mummert
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August 18, 2012
My sympathy to you Dick and your family in the passing of your mother. We are born the same day and our mother's ended up passing in the same year with funeral services in the same chapel. I know how much she meant to you. Trust me in knowing that the life long relationship you had with her and the extraordinary effort you made to ensure her needs were met in the end will serve you well in the coming months and years. She lived her part of that Greatest Generation and will be missed. I regret that I can't be there to help you honor her life this week.