1948 - 2010
Darlene Wetherington-Weslowski, 61, of Payson, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Oct. 11, 2010, after losing her battle with lung cancer. She was born Nov. 6, 1948 to Patricia and Earl Wetherington in San Diego, Calif. She was the oldest of six children and grew up on a farm in North Carolina.
Her family moved back to Southern California when she was a young girl and she graduated from Narbonne High School in 1966. She was runner-up in the Mrs. Gardenia beauty pageant in 1965.
Mrs. Weslowski married after school and had six children. She lost two of her boys at a young age and raised three daughters and one son to adulthood.
She was educated as a nurse and specialized in Indian health. She dedicated her life to Native Americans as a diabetes and HIV counselor. She worked with many tribes, such as the Karuk, Yurok, Hoopa and Apache tribes. Her love for the native people showed in her service.
She was a dedicated mother and would do anything for her children. She also believed in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was a beautiful, charming, happy and funny woman whose whole life was dedicated to serving her savior in many ways. She fought a long, hard battle with cancer and if she was still with us, she would say, “You are loved, be of good cheer!” She was loved greatly.
She is survived by her daughters, Anne Ogden of Medford, Ore., Millie Broner of Emmett, Idaho and Lauren Weslowski-Johnson of Payson; and son, Aaron Weslowski of Boise, Idaho. Also surviving are her mother, Patricia Chance of Benson; Earline Rowan and Dianne Aguallo of Pine, Robert Wetherington of Camp Verde, David Black of Riverside, Calif. and Sandra Black of Show Low.
“We would like to thank Messinger Payson Funeral Home and the LDS Church for taking such good care of Darlene, also the Payson Care Center and Hospice Compassus of Payson. We will miss you dearly, Mom, and you are forever loved,” writes her family.