Darlene Pecht died on March 22, 2020 at the age of 93. She was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on December 24, 1926 to Charlie and Laura Seip. She graduated from Bayard High School in 1945 and Scottsbluff Jr. College in 1947 with a Social Arts degree. Darlene married Howard Pecht in 1948 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and they celebrated 55 years of marriage, before he passed in 2003.
During her 93 years, Rosella Darlene touched many lives through her love of teaching. She taught second grade in Gering Nebraska. After moving to Idaho in 1951, she worked at Westgate Lanes Nursery for 18 years, while doing custom sewing in the evenings. After Westgate Lanes burned down, she taught at Maranatha Preschool until she retired at age 72. Her love of children was evident throughout her life. She taught 4-H for 24 years, volunteered making Teddy Bears for the children at St. Lukes hospital, and sewed over 900 quilts for Project Linus after her retirement.
Darlene loved children and spent many hours sewing special gifts to show her love to her grandchildren as well as those she'd never met. She made stuffed "Pound Puppies" for her Grandsons at Christmas and hand sewn Teddy Bears for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She made quilts for each of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, nieces and nephews, so they could be wrapped in love. For several years, she bought baby dolls and would sew wardrobes for them, including dresses, bonnets, pj's, and coats and donate them to the Salvation Army to give to little girls who might not have had a Christmas present otherwise. At Christmas time she also made lap robes and gave them to residents in Nursing Homes.
Darlene was an avid collector of stamps, owls, spoons, and thimbles. She enjoyed her collection of thousands of pencils and ink pens collected since her childhood. After retirement, Darlene and Howard enjoyed traveling in their motor home and took several cruises.
Darlene is survived by her sister, Marilyn Dennis; her three children; Vernon Pecht (Brenda), Carol Freeman (Randy), and Bryan Pecht (Marie), 5 grandsons and 13 Great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard, two siblings and one great-grand daughter.
Due to current restrictions, there will be no services at this time.
Donations can be made in Darlenes memory to www.projectlinus.org, Project Linus, PO Box 1548, Belton, MO. 64012-1108 and designate the Southwest Idaho Chapter.