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Born: Apr 02, 1938

Date of Passing: Apr 10, 2021

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Darlene Marie Chiplin, beloved mother and nanny, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side from complications of Alzheimer's disease on April 10, 2021 at the age of 83.
Darlene is survived by her daughters,
Debra (Richard) and Donna (Ron and sons, Geoff and Reed), her beloved grandchildren, Cam (Liz) and Alannah and their father Brad, sister Sylvia (Wayne), "little brother" Lyle, her dearest friend and soul sister of over 60 years, Joyce Menard (Bob), her boys, Derek (Robert), Michael (Jenna), and Robbie, as well as special friends, Joy and Ray Finch and many very special close cousins in Calgary.
She was met in heaven by her parents, Lydia and Jack Thauberger, husband Doug and brother Larry.
Darlene was born on April 2, 1938 in Regina and moved with her family to Winnipeg in 1944 as the family took residence at their new home at 1111 Downing Street. Mom left school early and started work at a neighborhood drugstore. There she met a handsome young delivery driver – Doug Chiplin – who came in to buy a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. They were immediately smitten with each other and, that same day, Doug called his mother and told her that he had met the girl he was going to marry. They wed on August 18, 1956 and celebrated 55 years of loving marriage prior to Doug's death in 2012.
The early years of marriage were lean and for many years Dad worked days, and Mom worked nights to support our family. As Dad progressed through his career, Mom was able to enjoy being a stay at home mom, and loved decorating their home, working in her beautiful yard and garden, spending time with her girlfriends, and travelling with Dad.
When her beloved grandchildren arrived, Nanny was quick to offer the most wonderful child care possible so that her daughter Debra could return to work. This resulted in the forging of a special bond and close, lifelong relationship between Nanny and her Cam and Lanny.
The later years were more difficult for Mom as she was the primary caregiver for her mother as she fought her own battle with Alzheimer's and then dealing with Doug's diagnosis with Lewy Body dementia. Mom was tireless in working to ensure the best possible quality of life and care for both of them.
Our dear mother and grandmother, was one of the strongest, loving, caring, classy and sassiest lady to ever walk this earth. She was our biggest cheerleader and our constant supporter. Our family would not be where it is today if we didn't have her as a mother and grandmother.
We want to express our gratitude to the wonderful staff at Extendicare Tuxedo Vila Unit 2 for the dignified and compassionate care she received this past year. Debra, Cam, and Alannah would like to thank Donna for being Mom's primary caregiver, and for her strong advocacy on Mom's behalf.
Cremation has taken place and a private family ceremony will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for memorial donations in Darlene's name to the Alzheimer Society.

For those who wish to sign the online
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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sincerest sympathy Debbie and Donna and your families. Any time I visited with your Mom she had the biggest smile and was always happy! She and your Dad had such great senses of humor. - Posted by: Merle Ann Howard (Koch) (Cousin) on: Apr 21, 2021

  • Debbie and Donna, my sincere condolences on your Mom's (My Good Cousin, MGC) passing. - Posted by: Rod Wittig (cousin) on: Apr 20, 2021

  • A beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. Our deepest sympathy to Darlene’s lovely family. Susan, Gerry and River Rogers - Posted by: Susan Rogers (Friends of Donna and Ron) on: Apr 17, 2021

  • I have such great memories of Doug as a member of our ADC quite a few years ago. By getting to know Doug, we got to know Darlene, and witnessed her immense love, commitment, and dedication for their relationship. Especially as his disease progressed, and he eventually moved into Luther Home. I even remember visiting him there with Darlene. My thoughts are with you all as you remember your mom through the many memories. - Posted by: Christine (Lions Place Adult Day Club Recreation Coord) on: Apr 17, 2021

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