MILLER, Darlene Diane

Obit Darlene Miller

May 31, 1944 to March 4, 2024

Darlene Diane Miller (Hahn) went to be with her Lord Jesus peacefully at the Calgary Foothills Hospital, at the age of 79, with family at her side. She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Darlene was born in Neidpath, Saskatchewan, to Andrew and Edith Hahn and was the middle child of three. She attended school in Neidpath and helped on the family farm before she moved to Acme in 1962. She moved to work at a local grocery store, Acme Lockers and Trading, with a connection to a family friend. This was where she met the love of her life Donald Miller. They courted for about a year and were married on November 2, 1963, in the Crossfield Baptist Church. She continued to regularly attend church for 60 years, making many cherished friendships. Don and Darlene lived on the Miller Family homestead, located eight miles west and two miles south of Acme. They lived a short stint in NW Calgary, but Don and Darlene’s hearts were in the country. In 1999, they moved two miles west of the Miller Family farm, where Darlene lived up until her passing. Darlene was an active member of the Acme Royal Purple for 59 years. She held all chair officer positions, including Honoured Royal Lady. Many volunteer hours were spent catering for community events with the Lodge. She brought lots of life to the meetings as the pianist but also with her humour. She took it upon herself to share a funny story at each meeting during Good of the Order. Darlene was a busy farm wife raising three boys, gardening, and helping Don keep the farm going. The summer of 1972 was a trying time. Darlene’s mom, Edith, passed away from cancer at the age of 56. Two weeks later, Don’s Dad, Casper, passed away at the age of 68, making for an extremely challenging period having little kids and grieving two parents. A very proud moment of her life was receiving and celebrating the Century Farm Award in 2018 and, in 2020, the Mountain View County BMO Farm Family of the Year Award. Darlene took much pride in her garden. She was known in the community for her abundance of cucumbers, making the best dill pickles and was always generous to share with her neighbours and friends. At Christmas time, she loved to make holiday treats with her iconic mice, turtles and butter tarts. Darlene loved music. Years ago, she volunteered and took her turn as the leader of the Acme Community Band. She had a natural talent and could play the piano by ear. She was the pianist at weddings, The Elks Christmas Supper, Royal Purple events, and most importantly, she loved to play for herself and her family. She enjoyed attending musical functions, which provided her great pleasure. Any live music, Darlene was there. Darlene adored pictures and was known for her candid shots. She always developed the photos and diligently labelled them into photo albums for all to view. At the end of harvest, every member of the Miller harvest crew would go home with various developed pictures in a Ziploc bag from that fall. The family loved to look back at them and listen to her talk about the albums. At the end, she had over 100 photo albums- Walmart just loved her! She cherished the many family photos in her home, but her family will cherish them more in the days to come. In their semi-retirement, Darlene and Don enjoyed travelling to Yuma, Arizona, in the winter and salmon fishing off Vancouver Island in the summer. Through the years, they enjoyed various hot holidays in Mexico and Hawaii and also road trips with friends. Since the early ‘90s, their vacation property in Sicamous, B.C. gave them an opportunity to make new friends and spend time with their kids and grandkids. Darlene is survived by her husband, Don of 60 years and her children, Doug (Leanne), Mike (Melissa), and Glenn (Lynnae). She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren; Brittany (Neil Topola), Natalie, Miranda, Lance (Mikayla), Adriana, Aidan, Avery, Raelle, and Kendra. Her niece Maureen (Rocky Purves), nephew Trevor Raaen and numerous relatives. She was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Edith Hahn, brother Ronald Hahn, sister Ruth Raaen and husband Olaf, niece Jackie Nimegeers, and nephew Jeffory Hahn. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Foothills Medical Centre for their kind and gentle care for Darlene. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to STARS Air Ambulance. Services were held Monday, March 11, 2024 at the Acme Community Centre. Darlene was laid to rest at the Acme Cemetery. For more information and to send condolences, please visit www.sunsetltd.ca