Darlene Ann Pierce, age 75, of Coos Bay, Oregon, passed away Thursday evening, June 13, 2019, at her residence.

Darlene was born August 24,1943, in Alameda County, a daughter of the late Richard Marcell and Ana Marcell. Darlene was survived by her husband of 56 years, Leslie F. Pierce Jr; four daughters, Cora Pierce, Shamara Pierce Flora, Cinden Pierce and Leslie Pierce; grandchildren are Taylin Pierce, Sara Nulph, Kaileen Flora, Dakota Pierce, Kesia Flora, Ana Jimenez, Alyssa Rada, and Daniel Rada. Also survived by Layla Stover, fiancé of grandchild, Taylin Pierce, and Casey Braun, longtime boyfriend of grandchild, Kaileen Flora.

Growing up, Darlene was lively and energetic. She was a roller-skater for the Oakland Derby, she loved bowling, and on more than one occasion was caught racing her T-Bird. And yes, daddy did take it away.

Before moving to Coos Bay, Oregon, Darlene was a resident of Twain Harte. Darlene was an active member of the community and, with her husband, did a little bit of everything from hosting events at the local schools, creating programs for the children, improving the local playgrounds for safety and fun, and even creating equipment used to teach students how to perform daily tasks like tying their shoes. Darlene was a member of the Twain Harte Women’s Club for over nine years, and she also worked in a nursing home, which is a job she took pride in and gave her all to. Her residents became a part of the family, and each one held a special place in her heart.

After moving to Coos Bay, Darlene had a chance to focus on her love of books and music. If you were to check any drawers or cupboards in the house, you were sure to find books stashed away because she had run out of places to store them. Darlene was also an animal lover who could never turn down taking in a stray cat in need.

But one of the things that brought Darlene the most joy was her great-grandchildren, Taylin Pierce Jr, Ryder Pierce, Atlas Pierce, Joel Jimenez, Analeah Jimenez, Estrella Rada, Azeriah Acasia Rada and Aiyanna Acasia. Whenever she saw those children, she lit up from within and her joy and laughter were contagious.

Services will be held privately.