Darlene Ruth Nutley Dally October 8, 1946 — March 19, 2012
Darlene Ruth (Dally) Nutley passed away March 19, 2012, following a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born October 8, 1946 in Kansas City, MO. She grew up in Edmonds, WA, graduating from Edmonds High School, attending Western Washington University and graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics.
Darlene's passion was teaching. She spent her career as a Family and Consumer Science teacher (Home Economics). Her teaching career began at Maple Lane; in 1980, she taught at Tumwater High School, then transferred to Black Hills High School when it opened in 1997. She retired from Black Hills in 2007 and continued substituting at Olympia High School for the next four years. She is remembered fondly by family, friends, and students. A vibrant and caring person, she had a positive outlook on life, was a wonderful listener, and a comfort to be around.
Darlene loved teaching and being around the high school students. She often said that being a teacher made her feel young and kept her up to date with the latest fashion trends. Attending her grandkids' events, book club, LOL club, sewing, celebrating holidays with family, and visiting Whidbey Island and Lake Tahoe were some of her favorite activities.
Darlene is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, John; daughters, Stephanie Joy (Michael) and Kim Peterson; twin sister, Arlene Swarm (Robert); stepbrother, Dan Nutley; stepsister, Cindy Kingman; stepfather, William Milliken; Stepmother, Marian Nutley; aunt, Barbara Dobson; and grandkids, Madeline, Peyton, Alexander, and Emma. She was a very special and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend — an inspiration to all.