Darlene passed away at age 58 on July 8, 2011, after and extended illness. She resided in Parker, CO with her beloved dogs Taylor and Louise.
She was born Susan Darlene Jeune on June 11, 1953, in Paterson, New Jersey. She was the youngest of three girls to parents Donald and Gloria. Gloria was an amazing seamstress, making beautiful, matching dresses for all her daughters, including a matching one for herself. Donald worked hard supporting his family , but always had time to bring the giggles out in his girls. Darlene laugh was infectious, and even at an early age she always had a smile and a mischievous look in her eye.
Darlene graduated from West Milford Township High School in 1971. Shortly thereafter she moved to Boulder, Colorado , where she married Gerald Robbins on Flagstaff Mountain. Colorado is where her love for Golden Retrievers began, with her dog Chelsea. She also kept on of Chelseas pups, Harlow, and they were her first "children". After Darlene and Gerry were divorced, Darlene and her pups continued to live in Boulder where she was employed at the University of Colorado's Law School as an administrative secretary. She was later the Senior Secretary at the University's Office for Space Policy, helping publish several books for the office.
It was at the University that Darlene met and fell in love with Robin Fryberger. They greatly enjoyed these years together, and Darlene helped Robin produce his thesis in graduate school. They married in 1990 and moved from Boulder to Parker. Their son Brandon was born on July 7, 1990, closely followed by their daughter Lauren on November 9, 1991.
Darlene was a stay-at-home mom who was devoted to raising her family. She spent many hours playing with her children, reading to them, and taking them to sports practice and scouts. Imagine her pride when both Brandon and Lauren represented their classes in the school-wide spelling bee in the same year!. Yes, her children were the light of her life, and the hundreds of photos she captured of their early years attest to the joy she experienced in raising them.
Once the kids were in school, Darlene wanted to return to work and eventually began volunteering in the kid's classes at Pine Valley Primary. She instantly fell in love with all the students she worked with and began forging wonderful friendships with both her students and coworkers. She eventually obtained a position at the school , continuing to work with the students that she adored.
Although Robin and Darlene divorced in 2005, they remained close friends. Darlene continued to work at Pine Valley Primary. As her illness progressed, she was forced to work fewer hours and eventually was unable to continue doing what she loved. When Darlene reached the end of her life, her school friends and coworkers remained close and supportive.
Darlene had a huge and generous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. She had a special love for animals and supported organizations dedicated to the care of unwanted or abused animals. She enjoyed observing nature and the beauty of God's creation. She also had fun searching craft shows for unique pottery pieces.
Her vibrant energy , dedication to family and friends, devotion to her children, and constant smile will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by her son Brandon and daughter Lauren of Parker, parents Donald and Gloria Jeune of Fort Collins, sister Donna Kautz and brother-in-law Bob of Homosassa, Florida, sister Randi Jeune of Fort Collins, nephews Ryan and Troy Vigh, and nieces Angela Kellerman and Briana Kautz.
" Love is stronger than death even though it cant stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it cant separate people from love. It cant take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death."