Darlene Rae (Stephens) Conyers was, 78, died June 9, 2012, in Everett, Wash., with her husband and children by her side. She was a former resident of The Dalles.
She was born Dec. 9, 1933, in Pendleton, Ore., to Lawrence and Eloine (Witty) Stephens.
She lived in Oregon for most of her life, but moved to Lake Stevens, Wash., June 1968.
She attended school in Lorane, Ore., and graduated from Joseph High School in 1950. In 1953, she married Wayne Le Roy Conyers and they had three children.
She was a gourmet cook and excellent seamstress. She worked many years in the insurance and bond industry. First and foremost, she was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She was also willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, family or otherwise.
She and her husband raised Morgan horses and their granddaughter, Tara, rode and showed the horses throughout the Northwest and at the Nationals in Oklahoma City.
In her younger years, every summer was spent in Pendleton with her grandparents. She attended as many Pendleton Round-ups as possible until ill health made it impossible.
Her grandchildren spent part of every summer with her, even though she worked full-time.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Wayne; children Cherie (Ron) Monette, Dale (Susie) Conyers, and David (Gloria) Conyers; grandchildren Mark, Kerry, David, Tara, Brandon and Mike; and great-grandchildren Stephan, Tailyr, Mia, Marcus, Casey, Abigail, Charlie and Brooklyn. She is also survived by two sisters, Sheila Biegel and Laurel Deardorff, and aunt Jerry Robertson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Eloine Stephens, brother Montia Stephens, and three nephews, Brian Deardorff, Kyle Biegel and Ted Biegel.
A memorial will be held Oct. 6 at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity of choice.
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