Darlene Allen passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. Darlene was born in Roblin Hospital on July 21, 1957, to John and Gladys (Arndt) Allen. At the time of her passing she was 55 years of age.
Darlene started her schooling at the Hillcrest School – a one room school in the Zelena District – and graduated from the Roblin Collegiate in 1975. Throughout her high school years she was a strong supporter of the girls’ sports teams and spent the rest of her life loving hockey. The Manitoba Moose couldn’t have found a stronger supporter than Darlene!
Darlene moved to Winnipeg shortly after high school where she obtained two trade related Diplomas. The first diploma in electronics led to audio visual work with the CBC and the University of Manitoba. She later returned to school successfully completing a second diploma which led to work in the aircraft industry assembling planes. Darlene was a founding member of Women in Trades – an organization that raised awareness and promoted women’s involvement in the trades.
She was a strong supporter of Women’s hockey and was thrilled to attend the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Kitchener in 1997 and later in Mississauga. Her favourite female hockey player was Manon Rehaume – the first woman to play in a NHL exhibition game. Darlene also loved the freedom of travelling on her Gold Wing motorcycle. One of her memorable trips was touring through Eastern Canada, all the way through to Nova Scotia, with a good friend in 1988.
Despite struggling with her medical condition (CREST syndrome), Darlene still enjoyed going camping, music festivals and concerts. She seized every opportunity to enjoy life. This summer she was able to go to the “Rocking in the Fields Festival” at Minnedosa, where the co-ordinators of the event went the extra mile to accommodate Darlene’s medical needs. She also enjoyed going to Neudorf, Saskatchewan to have her photo taken with the Stanley Cup and going to the John Fogerty concert in Winnipeg.
Darlene was predeceased by her father John in 2009.
Darlene is survived by her mother, Gladys Allen of Roblin, MB, brothers Roy (Virginia) Allen of Roblin, MB, Tommy (Reva) Allen of Switzerland and Randy Allen of Winnipeg. She is also survived by nephews and nieces: Ken (Annette) Allen of Roblin, MB, Jamie Allen of The Pas, MB, Kathleen Lauttamus (Michael Bilay) of Souris, MB, Signy Gutnick Allen of London, England, Stefan Gutnick Allen of Montreal, QC and great nieces Paige and Hayley Allen of Roblin, MB.
According to Darlene’s wishes cremation has taken place. A private family burial was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
Because of Darlene’s love of her four legged friends, and in honour of her pets Tosh, Lucy, and Ty, donations in memory of Darlene can be made to The Winnipeg Humane Society or your local animal shelter.
The family wishes to thank the medical staff of Roblin Hospital and Yorkton Regional Health Centre for their professional and caring assistance to Darlene and her family.