Darlene Helen Dockham Straley

darleneDarlene Straley, Age 70 of Lake, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 after a short courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her family at Mid Michigan Medical Center, Clare. Cremation has taken place and the celebration of Darlene’s life will take place in the late spring at her home at Silver Lake, in Clare County.

Darlene was born on March 5, 1943, in Columbiaville, the daughter of Clayton and Marion Dockham. Darlene was a member of the Lakeville High School Class of 1961 and still enjoyed her biannual luncheons with a special group of classmates. She married Gary Straley In 1964 in Flint where they resided until they moved to Auburn in 1966 to raise their family. Darlene and Gary owned and operated Straley Press in Auburn for over 35 years, creating 100’s of customers that were more like friends than customers. She was known as a very special person by all who knew her.

Darlene enjoyed her family, friends, and her retirement at her home in Lake, MI. She is survived by her husband Gary, daughter Cheryl Emerson and son in law Eric Emerson, son Darryl Straley and his special lady Sammantha Bush, her stepsons Kevin Straley and Keith Lane. Her grandchildren, Joshua Emerson, Jared Emerson, Mallory Ford and grandson in law Corey Ford, Alyson Schultz and her sister Victoria, Shawn Lane, Justin Lane, Dakota Lane, Crystal Lane, Zachary Straley, Nathan Straley, Samantha Straley, Benjamin Straley, Zachary Bechler, Casie Merrill and Sara Merrill, and great grandson Jayce Lane. Also surviving is Darlene’s sister; Joyce Terry and several nieces and nephews. Darlene was predeceased by her parents, her son William Straley and step daughter Sherry Lane. I truly believe a person is in our lives or comes into our live for a reason. They give us a part of themselves to mold, teach, and show us how to be a better person, to be a better human. They teach us to laugh at yourself, that although you may fail at things that there are always second chances, and to never let the small things get to you. They show you family is not blood, family is love that is shown with an open heart and a big hug. They show you to live life to its fullest, with a smile on your face and love in your heart. I love you Mom and will miss you dearly!! A memorial service will be held later this spring at Darlene’s home and will be announced at a later date. Per Darlene’s wishes cremation has already taken place. In Lieu of fl owers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County or the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements by the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc. 312 W. Midland Rd., Auburn, MI 48611. 989-662-4711

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