Missoula - Darlene Evon Jackson went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2023. She was born to Andrew and Emily Blades on February 10, 1941 in Columbia Falls, Montana. She attended most of her schooling in Polson, Montana followed by Kinman Business College in Spokane, Washington to become a paraleagle. She worked at that career until moving back to Polson, MT to become a telephone operator. Darlene married Daniel L. Sauerbier moving to Big Fork and had two children, Lona Mae and Michael Todd. While in Big Fork she helped run a family owned restaurant the Pine Cone Kitchen. After the passing of Daniel she and her two children moved back to Polson where she spent her time as a home maker and operating a daycare to many children. Darlene loved crafts of all kinds including sewing and knitting and had knit two pairs of booties for both of her new great grandchildren whom she was able to meet just before passing. She was a wonderful cook and passed on her recipes to her descendants. Darlene loved spending time with children and had neighbor children who would visit her daily in her most recent home. Anyone who knew her knew she had a veracious love of roosters and collecting figurines to display. Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, spouses, Daniel Sauerbier, William Fuqua, James Jackson and daughter Lona Mae Sauerbier. She is survived by her brothers Larry and Joe Blades of Montana, son Michael and his wife Kim of Missoula, granddaughter Nicole and Fiance Steve of College Place, WA, grandson Caleb and wife Kortney of Missoula, great grandson Brayden and three great granddaughters Paisley, Kynslee, and Brooklynn, as well as her beloved dog Bently. Darlene attended and was baptized at Crosspoint church in Missoula. She was a devoted daughter and wife caring for her mother Emily and her spouses until their passings. A private graveside service will be held at a future date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Shriner's hospital, which she supported monthly for many years.
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