March 4, 1945 – June 17, 2019
It is with sad hearts we announce the passing of Darlene (Tiny) Braaten nee Olson.
Tiny was born in New Westminster on March 4, 1945. She was pre-deceased by her dad Ernest, mom Ivy (Idy), brother Ronald, half-sisters Violet & Shyrell and her dearest aunt Violet (Sis).
She is survived by her ever loving husband Roy, sons Dwayne (Sam), Darryl (Anita), daughter Val (Allan), grandchildren Tyler (Alex), Tyson, Ashley (Haden), Anthony (Emily), Damian, Sophia, Uncle Cliff (Marj), sister-in-law Alice, brother Cliff (Betty), nieces/nephews Amanda (Todd), Nathan (Nicola), & great nieces/nephews Adrian, Gabe, Zachary & Emily. And her extended family, the “Braaten” clan, sister and brother in-laws, nieces, nephews & cousins, all dearly thought of and loved.
Many I am sure would refer to Darlene as the “Mighty Tiny”. Tiny being a nick name that stuck with her from a young child and Fit her to a T! Tiny moved to Clearwater from Hammond in 1950 with her family to plant roots. She lost her father at an early age and her mother not many years later. She met Roy and found her lifelong partner. Soon her two boys were born and the “Surprise” daughter (the best surprise ever she would say but wasn’t happy about the fact her name was to be Darren)! Despite being busy with her children she also cared for both her brothers. Her door was always open with the coffee pot and baking ready for whoever stopped in. A visit with Tiny included words of wisdom and a lot of laughs. Her home was a place of rest and refuge that many enjoyed over the years, creating many lifelong memories and friends.
Tiny was also worked for many businesses in Clearwater. Saari’s Store, Stedmans, Chuckwagon, Clearwater Country Inn restaurant, Wells Gray Hotel, Bear Creek Correctional Camp, and the Sportsplex. She also tree-planted, did home care for the elderly and babysat the young. She had a strong work ethic and a lot of love for those she worked for and with. She was a prankster though and loved a good laugh and everyone laughed with her. You never dared her to do anything!
With her family members she enjoyed travelling to many hot springs and was able to visit relatives from North Dakota to California along with many trips to Saskatchewan. She had a few hobbies including gardening, reading gossip magazines, spending time with grand kids, nieces, nephews, baking pies and road trips with her partner in crime Sis!
She will be so greatly missed by all her knew her.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or Forest View Place in Clearwater.
A Celebration of life will be help on July 6th at 1 pm at The Blackpool Hall
Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com
Drake Cremation & Funeral Services
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