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Darlyne Patricia Gabriel, master organizer, homemaker extraordinaire and Diet Coke stockholder, was lovingly taken home into the arms of Jesus and reunited with the love of her life, Jerry, on May 10, 2016. Mama Dar confidently and faithfully made her journey heavenward, leaving a legacy of courage, strength and grace for those who knew and loved her most.
Born in Petersburg, ND on October 16, 1942 to Arthur and Hallie Andrews, Darlyne, the eldest of 3 children, paved the way for her younger brothers, Dale and Rodger. Darlyne was baptized, confirmed and later married in the United Methodist Church in Larimore, ND. Darlyne was known by her friends as a beautiful, smart, fun loving girl who enjoyed cruising around with a handsome boy from Northwood. As her lifelong BFF Clarene fondly recalled, "we weren't the goody-goodies but we weren't the rebels either" adding, "I don't remember the car Jerry drove, but I certainly remember where they parked!" Crowned Larimore High's Homecoming Queen in 1959, Darlyne graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1960. Darlyne went on to attend Aakers Business College where she earned her Associates Degree in bookkeeping.
On June 8, 1962, Darlyne Patricia Andrews proudly became the wife of Gerald Arthur Gabriel. In the early days of their marriage, both Darlyne and Jerry drove gravel truck for Gabriel Construction, making their home in a one-bedroom apartment above Engen's Market. Later known in the trucking world as "Irish", the only thing holding her back from earning her Class A drivers license, was the inability to back-up an 18-wheeler. Jerry affectionately dubbed her "Mrs. G" and together they were the proud parents of two daughters, Barbara Jean and Catherine Jo. Jerry and Darlyne made their life together in Northwood, ND where she single-handedly managed Jerry's growing trucking business, kept a tidy ship at home, all the while painting ceramics, sewing, canning, knitting, leading troops of rowdy Girl Scouts and keeping truck drivers in line. In her spare time she loved to bowl, play Bridge and shop with the women of her Birthday Club. On May 25th,1983 Darlyne's life was forever changed when her husband was unexpectedly called home. Despite the loss of her high school sweetheart, Darlyne eventually went on to work full time at Wayne Davis Jewelers, where she enjoyed new friendships and lots of new sparkly jewelry.
Every book has a chapter that we'd like to tear out and crumple up. Darlyne titled hers "The Biggest Mistake of My Life" and with a sense of humor and determined spirit, she put this period of time behind her and rebuilt a life in Arizona that was filled with good friends, a new job and much to her delight, a growing family. Her family humorously refers to this chapter as "always get a pre-nup and a background check". Enough said. PS.... This one's for you, Mom.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
220 South Dohney Street
Northwood, ND 58267
Our deepest sympathies.
Trent and Tracy Myron and family May 30 2016 12:00 AM
i remember our school days and all the smokes we had before school in the car also when i was your campaign manager when you ran for school i think back at all the good times darlyne may you rest in peace joe
joe markovic May 25 2016 12:00 AM
What a beautiful tribute to Darlyne. She was a special woman who put God and family first. What a gift she gave you in her final days. Peace and strength. May God continue to fill your hearts with strength and comfort.
Robyn Martin May 24 2016 12:00 AM
Dear Family, We send you our sincere condolences. Frank, you may remember me from when you were younger. Your Mom and I are friends through St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, and both Renate and I are originally from Germany. I am so sorry, that your wife's grandmother went to Heaven. Please know, that we are thinking about you and your family, and we keep you all in our prayers. We talked to your parents recently, and they sure are proud of you, your wife and your children! Facebook keeps us in touch, and I enjoy reading about you and your family. Again, God's peace and grace, Hanne and Tom Flythe
Hanne Flythe May 24 2016 12:00 AM
She sounds like a wonderful salt of the earth person. I would have liked to know her better.
Kent Horne May 24 2016 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to a wonderful family.
Mitchell Sherva Family May 24 2016 12:00 AM
Sorry of Darlyne's passing. I really enjoyed chatting with her on Facebook and I know she'll be terribly missed but forever loved! I know she touched the hearts of many people! RIP Darlyne. With our dearest sympathy's, Tim and Christine Higdem
Tim Higdem May 24 2016 12:00 AM
Barb, Cathie and Families: I so enjoyed my visits with your mother during my years at LeMar Photography. She was so beautiful - inside and out! She loved her daughters soooo much. It has been years since I have seen her but have never forgotten her. Please know my most sincere thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lorri Tucker-Wenger May 23 2016 12:00 AM