KINGSFORD — Darlin Verley, who combined a life of learning with the heart of a fighter, died on Jan. 17, 2020. We would mention her middle name but she hated it; so in honor of her we are keeping the family secret.
Born Nov. 7, 1934, to Clifford and Bernice (née Brier) Glass in Kingsford, Darlin was their third child and very much a daddy’s girl. The death of her father due to a workplace accident, while she was a teenager, was a loss she felt ever after. She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Joseph Menghini; and two brothers, Ron and Robert Glass.
Darlin is survived by her sister, Jeanne Ralston; and two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Glass and Elizabeth Glass.
After graduating early from high school, Darlin took her quick mind and feisty attitude to Michigan State University. After a short time she returned to Iron Mountain from East Lansing to be closer to what would be the love of her life Ray Verley. They were married Oct. 10, 1953, and moved to Milwaukee and later Grafton, Wisconsin, to pursue a better life for themselves and to raise a family.
Darlin “Pal” is the beloved wife of Ray, and the mother of five, Ricky, who died as an infant, David (Kay), Cindy (Duane) Weber, Karen (Pat) Murray and Dan (Heather).
She was the proud grandmother to seven and an enthusiastic great-grandmother to another seven.
As her family grew, Darlin returned to college to obtain a teaching degree and continue her lifelong passion for learning and education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English that lead to a career in the Wauwatosa School District. She kept on learning and added her master’s degree from the National College of Education. When that was not enough she pursued Russian as a second language. She shared her love of words, books, and discovery with her students until her retirement in 1992.
Enamored and curious of the potential for technology’s impact on learning, she wanted to be part of it. Darlin partnered with Donna Nelson to build a business providing editing services to authors of technical user manuals. Their work was reflected in a number of popular publications of the time. After a good run, it was again time for Darlin to take on yet another challenge.
She volunteered for many years at the local YMCA, even earning the distinction of Volunteer of the Year. She then finished up her working career preparing taxes for customers at H&R Block.
While Darlin was preparing taxes, she still found time to get involved in the Spread Eagle Chain Of Lakes Association. There she paired her love of the cottage with her passion for writing. She wrote grants which raised funds to preserve the beauty of the lakes for generations to come.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory: 979 N. Green Bay Rd., Grafton WI.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.
The Rev. Brent Halverson will officiate the services.
Memorials of your choice are appreciated. Please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com to view the Darlin Verley video tribute or to send online condolences to the Verley Family.