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Darlene Grove

Died: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021


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Stevensville, MT - Darlene Grove was born Darlene Barbara Lowry to Albert and Lona on August 30, 1931 along the Humboldt River near Frenchman’s Ford. She shed her earthly bonds and drifted away from her Stevensville home in the Bitterroot Valley on the crisp sunny morning of January 11, 2021 in peace and quiet strength. Darlene was an independent thinker with an adventurous spirit well ahead of her time. As a young woman this sense of adventure drew her from her childhood home in Nevada to Juneau in the Territory of Alaska. There she worked as a teacher and met her husband, John, who has been her faithful companion for 63 years. Darlene and John began their married life in Cordova, Alaska. As a young bride, Darlene relished life on Prince William Sound and the mouth of Copper River. While at Cordova she brought three children into the world. Darlene and John then moved to Montana where they continued to raise their children and have lived since 1962. In addition to her duties as a mother and teacher, Darlene was a conservationist, a deeply committed environmentalist, and loving friend who carried herself with humility and grace. She was a liberal in the true sense; believing liberty and justice is advanced by people of good will who find compromise and cooperation through honesty and mutual respect. At every opportunity she committed herself wholeheartedly to the betterment of her communities and the world through involvement in local, state and national organizations and projects. One of the great privileges and prides of her life was her active involvement as a representative of The League of Women Voters in the election of delegates and the call for and drafting of a new constitution for the state of Montana. The Constitution was ratified by the citizens of Montana on June 6, 1972 and remains the foundation of Montana’s government to this day. Those who knew her well will have no difficulty recognizing her influence and beliefs reflected in the preamble which reads. “We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations do ordain and establish this constitution.” Her work with those who shared these beliefs and commitments brought her a sense of peace and hope for the world and all humanity built on trust, honesty, and respect. Her profound love for nature and unwavering commitment to the sanctity of all life on earth was reflected in every aspect of her life, particularly her steadfast and tireless work as a staunch conservationist and naturalist. She had an insatiable curiosity about the natural world, particularly geology and hydrology. She was especially dedicated to the preservation of wilderness and the integrity of wild watersheds which are the life blood of all communities of people and animals. Darlene’s only wish is that many will follow in her footsteps and will hold sacred the beauty of the natural world and share her commitment and ambition to protect it. Memorial contributions and gifts can be sent to the Montana Environmental Information Center at P.O Box 1184, Helena, MT 59624-996, the Stevensville Senior Center, or a charity of your choice. Darlene had a deep concern for the welfare of her fellow citizens. In consideration of this, her family will have a celebration of her life when we can all travel and gather safely. The exact date is yet to be determined but will probably be this spring or early summer. 

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Carola Mielke
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Loved her and her gentle but very strong ways
I feel so honored to have called her a friend.
We didn't always share the same beliefs, but she always
respected my right to defend mine...as I did her beliefs
You, my dear, were one in a million.

Judy Baker
   Posted Sun January 24, 2021
Dearest John; I was sad to hear that Darlene has made her transition to Heaven. She always made me feel welcome and appreciated. No doubt she is already hanging with Brandy and Annavee. You were Blessed to have one another for a long and happy marriage. jb

Suzanne Artley
   Posted Mon January 25, 2021
What an amazingly long and informed life of service she had. When I was very sick 20 years ago, she visited me every 2 weeks and talked me through some of the down days. John, her memory is a blessing to us all, and her love a comfort. She brightened our lives.

Suzanne and Don Artley

Kathy Dufresne
   Posted Wed January 27, 2021
What an amazing woman! Darlene was quite force who accomplished so many positive projects in her lifetime; some that we will benefit from for years and years. She was soft spoken but filled with knowlege, confidence, and a drive to do what was right. I so admired her for many years long before we became good friends. ..... After yoga, on Tuesday I sat down to have my coffee and realized how much I missed visiting with Darlene after our classes. We had so many good laughs and we also solved so many world problems while we continue to be committed to do what we could at our local levels. I will always miss those coffee times, lunch gatherings, and working with her in varies ways. She was an amamzing woman and also a wonderful friend.

Kathy and Dale Dufresne
   Posted Wed January 27, 2021
We send hugs, good thoughts and prayers to John and entire Grove family.

Julianne Larson O’Brien and family
   Posted Wed February 03, 2021
Darlene was a wonderfully kind and genuine person and what an extraordinary life she had! I enjoyed reading about all her accomplishments. She is missed!

Jana Larson
   Posted Fri February 05, 2021
My sympathy on the loss of Darlene. We will all miss seeing her on our trips to Montana, and I will miss her gardening advice! She was a wonderful friend and neighbor to my parents.

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