Darlene Delores Clements, 78, passed away on January 2, 2013 at Willapa Harbor Hospital.
Darlene was born January 1, 1935 in South Bend, Wash. to Chester (Buster) and Ellen Raemhild. Spending her early years in and out of foster homes, she was later adopted by Clay and Lorena Keeton in January 1944. Except for a brief period in Stockton, Calif., she lived in Raymond her entire life, graduating from Raymond High School in 1953. Always active in extracurricular activities in high school, she remained a diehard Seagull fan.
Darlene was married to Stanley Glowaski in Aberdeen in 1954 and they later divorced. In 1960, she married Don Clements in Raymond, where they resided and raised their family.
Darlene was always a hard worker. Bridges Inn, Graves Accounting, Ray’s Food Stores, Heintz Grocery and the Willapa Hotel Restaurant & Bar are a few places where she was employed. Darlene and Don owned and operated the Hill Top Tavern many years. During that time, she and Don formed friendships with returning veterans of the Vietnam War treating them like family.
Darlene served as den mother for Cub Scout Pack 968, was a charter member of the Lady Elks, V.F.W. Auxiliary 968, Willapa Harbor Hospital Auxiliary, Harbors Home Health & Hospice. Darlene served on the Raymond Waterfront Committee.
In 1985, Darlene formed a committee to work towards the passage of the North Pacific County Ambulance Service levy, which had experienced failure in two previous levies. She served on a committee to raise funds to convert Riverview School into a satellite campus for Grays Harbor College. Darlene felt each and every person should put something back into society.
Darlene enjoyed canning and sharing things grown from Don’s garden. They loved to pick wild blackberries and mushrooms that were either canned or frozen & shared with others. The Clements family enjoyed camping trips up North River and along the Columbia River.
Decorating at Christmas was always a must not only for family enjoyment, but for all the little kids that wanted to be brought by not only to see the lights but Santa Claus on the front porch.
Grandkids became her focal point in later life. She enjoyed watching them grow and supported them in all their endeavors, be it academic or sports.
Darlene and Don were self-proclaimed armchair athletes supporting the Huskies, Cougars, Zags, Seahawks, Mariners and Georgetown Hoyas.
Darlene is survived by two sons, Steve (Karen) Clements and Ron (Marcie) Clements, six grandchildren: Tom Clements, Rob (Mary) Clements, Crystal (Chris) Clute, Kurt (Tessa) Clements, Jennifer (Adam) Hall and Zac Clements and seven great grandchildren.
Her husband, Don, son, Greg, parents and brothers, Gordon Raemhild, Tom Keeton and Glen Keeton, preceded Darlene in death.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 12 at 1 p.m. at the Raymond Elks Lodge. Arrangements by Stoller’s Mortuary.
Memorial donations may be made to the Raymond Ambulance Fund, 212 Commercial Street, Raymond, WA 98577, Willapa Harbor Helping Hands, P O Box 105, Lebam, WA 98554, Willapa Harbor Hospital Auxiliary, PO Box 438, South Bend, WA 98586 or the charity of ones choice.