Darlene Joyce (DeMaranville) Whitney

Darlene Joyce (DeMaranville) Whitney went home to be with the Lord on September 9, 2012 at Heritage Estates in Gering. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Willie Coop officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Darlene to WestWay Church where she was a member.

Born on Christmas day, 1933, to Carl W. and Clara Sophia (Gustafson) DeMaranville, Darlene was the youngest of eight children. She was married to Clair L. Whitney for 36 years until his death in 1990.

Darlene was a dedicated wife and mother who was always there to offer support, encouragement and praise to her family. After raising her children she was employed at Baily's Town and Country Market where she worked in the cafe for 23 years. She was a soft spoken and devoted grandmother affectionately called "Nanny" and later "Nan" by her grandchildren who adored her. She had a great sense of humor and a keen love for the Lord. Her death leaves a deep void for all who knew her. Today we know there is a celebration taking place as she reunites with all her loved ones in Heaven.

Surviving are children Debra Naylor of Jackson, Michigan, Robert (Laurie) of Ft. Morgan, CO and Connie (Ivan) Harpold of Scottsbluff. Grandchildren Tiffany (Everett) Snellenberger and Kody (Tracey) Naylor of Michigan, Nicholas (Tara) Harpold of Gering, Cameron Harpold of Scottsbluff and Jill Whitney of Fort Morgan, CO. Great-grandchildren, Elle and Emmeline Naylor, Halston and Breklyn Snellenberger, Kaitlyn Kizzier, Vanessa, Breeanna, and Blake Harpold. One sister, Dorothy (Melvin) Black of Scottsbluff.

Besides her husband, Darlene was also preceded in death by a son, Richard "Rick", son-in-law Timothy Naylor, grandson, William "Billy" Harpold, sisters, Blanche Dickinson, Irene Frakes, Viola Vollman, brothers Kenneth, Gerald and Carl DeMaranville Jr., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the staff at Heritage Estates and Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.

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