Darlene Idele (Hopkins) Bailey
Darlene I. Bailey of Grand Junction was born on Nov. 25, 1931 in Silt, Colorado to Robert and Bessie McDonald. She passed away on May 1 surrounded by her loving family at the Hospice Center. No formal services are planned at her request.Darlene married Robert “Hoppy” Hopkins in California on Nov. 19, 1950. They had three daughters, Karen Fischer, (Hal Heath) of Grand Junction, Noni (Jerry) Brannon of Grand Junction, Debby (Charlie) Ellsworth of Silt, Colorado. Darlene and Hoppy were blessed with 37 years of marriage, before losing Hoppy in 1988. Darlene married Homer Bailey of Grand Junction, and Homer passed away in 2003.She is survived by her mother Bessie, who celebrated her 101st Birthday last month in Rifle. Her sister, Shirley (Don) Mobley, brother, Bobby McDonald, uncle Calvin (Martha) Edwards, her three daughters, nine grandchildren, Gina Lopez, Jocelyn Brannon, Jerry Brannon Jr., Justin Brannon, Anna Ellsworth, Nathan “Bubba” Ellsworth, Damian Ellsworth, Amy Fischer, Kim Forsling, 14 great- grandchildren, Brittney, Bonnie, Vanessa, Lacey, Josie, Riley, Colten, Allen, Tyler, Chantyce, Ema, Tyler, Brodie, & Baby Cooper (due in July), and 2 great- great- grandchildren Jasmine and Nathan, and many loving nephews and nieces.The family would especially like to thank the staff at the Hospice Center for their tender and loving care for our mom and the family. The family request donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the Hospice Center, C/O 3090 B. North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.There will be a celebration of Mom’s life at Karen and Hal’s home at 2537 Falls View Circle on Wed., May 5 at 3 p.m. The family will be serving a meal. Call Karen for direction at 970-270-2006.
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