- December 2, 1923 - March 22, 2015
- San Antonio, Texas
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Darleen Dawn Kimball Gregory, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 91 on Sunday, March 22, 2015. She was born on December 2, 1923, in Everett, Washington, to Harry and Elsie Richards Kimball. The second of three children, she grew up in the small town of Everett during the Depression, but because her father always had a job with either the railroad or driving a city bus, they never went hungry.
When Darleen was 16 years old, her mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm, and her father remarried quickly, which required Darleen and her older sister Beverly to move out and get an apartment on their own. At that time, Darleen began work as a telephone operator.
After WWII, Darleen was fixed up on a blind date by her best friend Dorothy, with one of Dorothy's brothers-in-law, Mervyn Gregory. They discovered that they graduated from the same high school during the same year, Everett High, 1942, but didn't know each other at that time. After a brief courtship, Darleen and Mervyn were married on February 26, 1948. They settled in Bothell, Washington, and raised two children, Stephen Michael, and Geri Dawn.
Darleen was a stay-at-home mother, devoting all of her time to raising her children and involving herself in their activities. During this time, Darleen was an active room mother, a Cub Scout Den mother, a Girl Scout leader, and an accomplished baker. After her children left home for college, Darleen lost 60 pounds and went back to work at Weight Watchers, as a clerk at local meetings. She spent many enjoyable years there, until her eyesight became diminished.
Darleen is survived by her son, Dr. Stephen Michael Gregory and wife Maryjean, of Arlington, Texas; her daughter, Geri Dawn Gregory, of San Antonio; her grandchildren, Phil Gold and wife, Rebecca, of Randallstown, Maryland; Sara Prater and husband, Jonathan, of Fort Washington, Maryland; April Gustafson and husband Jonathan, of Peterson, Minnesota; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Darleen was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Mervyn; her daughter, Druscilla Kay; her daughter-in-law, Joyce Idette Viele Gregory; her parents, Harry and Elsie Richards Kimball; her sister, Beverly Kimball Nye, and her brother, Richard Kimball.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., at the Chandler House, 137 West French Place, San Antonio, Texas, 78212. A Memorial Minyan will also be held on Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m., at Temple Beth-El, 211 Belknap Place, San Antonio, Texas, 78212.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Morningside Ministries, 700 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX 78201.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Morningside Ministries' Chandler Independent Apartments and the Chandler Health Care Center whose loving care made such a positive difference in the last ten years of Darleen's life.