Darlene was born in Eureka, California on June 8, 1932 to Ed and Mary Brown. They moved to Mill Valley where she graduated from Tamalpais High in 1950. Darlene then worked in San Francisco at Metropolitan Life. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth Swanson for 46 years, a loving mother to Bill and Brad and an adoring grandmother of William and Ryan.
Darlene remained devoted to her group of friends from elementary school and Tam High; they were diligent about maintaining connections for 50+ years. She was fond of social gatherings, rummaging at garage sales and perpetually captivated by crossword puzzles. Darlene was deeply loved by her family and will be missed by everyone fortunate enough to cross her path.