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Darlene Dawn Watterworth, age 62, of Okemos, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan under the loving care of her family and Sparrow Hospice.

The daughter of Paul & June (Mullins) Westerby, she was born on May 10, 1949 in Royal Oak and worked as a dental hygienist for 38 years.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Watterworth of Okemos.

Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Michigan Cremation Company, Grand Rapids.

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  1. Jamie Gothberg on May 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I remember when I first saw Darlene on 5 West at Sparrow, I was a new nurse and she came in with an exceptionally low hemoglobin. I was so curious what someone with this low count would look like so I walked by her room and she was smiling and laughing – far from what I expected. I was drawn into her room and told her I couldn’t believe how good she looked. She just laughed her infectious laugh and from then on we were friends. Whenever she was admitted with some complication, I would spend as much of my day as possible with her, she was just one of those people you had to be around. I always told Darlene I hated to see her being admitted, but was also thrilled that I would be able to hang out with her for few days. She could always be seen walking the halls, smiling and chatting as she went. Even on one of her last admits to the hospital, when I could tell it wouldn’t be long ’til she wasn’t around, Darlene did not complain. She informed she had months left and that was that, so she would tell me about her friends who also had cancer and how they were doing. On this same day she told me about her flower ring she had just bought, and while I couldn’t wait to see it, I was surprised that being so close to being gone she would buy jewelry like this. On her last stay at the hospital I had the true pleasure of meeting a few of her friends, and while chatting they said she saw buying the jewelry as an investment in the future. She would have to be around to wear it. Instantly I had tears in my eyes and loved that ring even more so, because I too hoped it would bring a longer future. I will always remember Darlene and that bright spark she always brought with her. Taking care of her when she needed it was one of my greatest pleasures.



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