Feb. 3, 1938 – March 6, 2015
Darlene Sharon Brundige Hoover, referred to as “Dolly” for years because of her beautiful blue eyes and curly blond hair, passed away March 6. 2015 in Chandler Arizona Medical, following heart valve replacement surgery. Her husband, Carl, of nearly 58 years was at her side.
They had wintered in Arizona for several years, but Darlene always missed the “holiday season” and Skagway during her winters in Arizona.
Darlene was born February 3, 1939 in Juneau, Alaska. Her Father, Robert Brundige passed when she was an infant, following a hunting accident in Tenakee, Alaska where they lived.
Mother, Millie Burton Brundige passed when Darlene was a young teenager, and she moved to Skagway to live with her older Sister Ruth Brundige Nelson and husband Sam Nelson.
Darlene became older sister to her nieces Sandra, Sheila and Bonye, her “Sisters”.
Darlene is survived by her husband Carl Hoover, Son Darrell and wife Kareen, Grandaughters Amanda Hoover and Susan Landis, Brother Bob Brundige and wife Rita, “Sister” Sheila Mason and husband Tom, brothers-in-law Jim Hoover and wife Maralee, Raymond Hoover and partner Tracy, and nieces and nephews.
Darlene was predeceased by her parents Robert and Millie, sisters Bessie and Ruth, nieces Sandra and Bonye, daughter-in-law Colleen Murphy Hoover and beloved son Samuel James Hoover. Darlene had many careers in her 76 years from waitressing at Mazie’s Snack Shack, purchasing/ordering at WP&YR, owner of Hoover’s Chevron/Propane/Sales and Service, clerking and sales for Kellers Trading and Echoes of Alaska to her retirement when she opened Money Gram and became “Grandma” to her many friends.
She was looking forward to coming “home” to Skagway to greet her Money Gram business and greet her many firends.
Darlene will be remebered most for her generosity, willingness to help friends and strangers, her volunteer efforts for many years and her fantastic cooking. She was an early winner of the Helen B. Clark Award in 1989. She was an active member of the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department, where she became the Captain of the EMT squad, American Legion Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, Foster Parent Program, numerous boards and committees for the City of Skagway. Darlene’s volunteer passion was Emblem Club # 111, as life member, she served many offices going on to become the Alaska Emblem Club State President in 2012. In Darlene’s love of Emblem she most enjoyed attending meetings, installation of new officers, conventions, where she would greet old friends and make new ones.
She always was there with a salad or dessert and even worked the concession stand at Seventh Pasture for ball games. Darlene was very proud to have mentored many new members to Emblem Club #111, most recent, her daughter-in -law Lea Morrison Mauldin, who has served Emblem Club #111 as President for two years, Kareen Hoover, serving as current secretary of Emblem Club #111, grandaughters, Amanda K. Hoover and Susan Landis and Patty Fecteau, current President of Emblem Club #111.
Darlene enjoyed family most, but also, with Carl, travelling, motorcycling, snow machining, four wheeling, boating and fishing. In her quiet time, Darlene would sew, knit, crochet , craft – she knitted Panther scarves for her “kids” a couple years ago.
She was an avid reader and could always be found with a book.
Darlene carried an Alaska commercial driver’s license with hazmat and State of Alaska Concealed carry permit and was very proud to say she was a life-long Alaskan.
Darlene devoted her life to family and Skagway – she was proud to be an American, Alaskan and call Skagway home. She never lost an opportunity in her travels to promote her home “Skagway”. She devoted her life to family and community – her husband, partner and best friend, Carl.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to: Skagway Emblem Club #111 P.O. Box 251, Skagway. Alaska 99840 A Memorial gathering for Darlene will be at the Elks Lodge # 431, on Saturday, May 30 at 5:00 P.M. hosted by the Elks Lodge #431 and Emblem Club #111. Please join family and friends to share memories. Darlene is missed, by friends and family.
– Submitted by the Family