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Darlene Coate

Darlene Eleanor Coate passed away peacefully in Taber on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at the age of 81 years.
She will be lovingly missed by her three children Bonnie (Rick) Vanderheyden of Taber, Darwin Haeh (Tracy Samphire) of Okotoks and Carol (Allan) Swanson of Edmonton; five grandchildren Michael (Cathleen) Swanson of Edmonton, Rachel (Luis) Carvalho of Sherwood Park, Matthew Swanson of Fort Saskatchewan, Mikayla Vanderheyden of Taber, Eric Vanderheyden (Emily Robertson) of Hinton and by two great grandchildren Cara Carvalho and Emily Carvalho of Sherwood Park. She is also survived by her sister Marlene (Leonard) Kennedy of Turner Valley; brothers Ronald (Judy) Coate of Medicine Hat, Edward (Darlene) Coate of Longview, Verne Coate of High River and by numerous nieces, nephews and many, many great friends.
Darlene was born in Royalties, Alberta on December 4, 1942 to William and Dorothy (née Howell) Coate. She moved to High River for a short time and then to Calgary in 1960 where she raised her family. In the early 2000s, she moved to Taber where she was employed with Taber Special Needs. In 2014 she moved into Clearview Lodge and spent her time knitting and crocheting with many of the other women and was a member of The Nana’s Knitter’s, who knit and donated their quilts to St. Vincent de Paul, the women’s shelter and the Taber and District Food Bank.
A private service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
A special thank you to the staff at Clearview Lodge in Taber for their tremendous care of our Mom over the last ten years. Also, thank you to the staff at Taber Hospital for their care and compassion in her final days.

A HEART OF GOLD STOPPED BEATING
A heart of gold stopped beating,
Hard working hands went to rest.
God took you home to prove to us
He only takes the best.
Heartaches in this world are many,
But losing you was the worse of any,
It will be lonely here without you,
We will miss you more each day,
For life will not be the same for us
Since you have been called away.
We will always remember the way you looked.
The way you walked and smiled.
All the things you did for us
Will be with us all the while.
You always did your best,
Your heart was true and tender.
You lived your life for those you loved
And those you moved will remember.
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber. Telephone: (403) 223-8778.

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