Darleen Marie Champion was born July 3, 1943 and left us on October 1, 2019 to continue her eternal journey, may she rest in peace. Darleen leaves behind a husband, William “Bill” Champion, two sons David and Dan Matthews, and 4 grandchildren Prescott, Winston, Nicholas and Sophia Matthews. She was born in Miami, Florida to Elwin and Eunice Troutman and lived in Arizona and Washington State through her life, finally retiring to Sun City until her passing. In the 1960s Darleen worked in quality control as one of the first employees at Rogers Corporation, working on such projects as the space capsule phone for the Apollo missions. In the 1970s she was a supervisor for Digital Electronics Corp (DEC). In the 1980s, she left technology and followed her passion when she started her own pet store in Kent Washington and for many years was the proprietor for “Special Pets”. Apart from selling pets, she specialized in taking in abused animals and nurturing them back to good mental and physical health. Darleen lived her life in service to others – especially to those most vulnerable and in need of special care. She cared for David, her son who has Down’s Syndrome, and later in life extended that care to her husband Bill when he suffered a stroke. She also cared for her mother Eunice in her waning years. Darleen never stopped giving of her time, love and abilities. Most recently she volunteered at the Olive Branch Senior Center and the Hart Pantry. Every week she collected, delivered, wrapped and froze 150 loaves of bread for weekend food bags for At-Risk teens, earning her the name, “The Bread Lady”. Darleen will be missed by many.
A celebration of life service will be held for Darleen at the First Presbyterian Church, 10236 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345 on Saturday October 12th at 11:00 AM. A short committal ceremony will follow. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Hart Pantry in Peoria Arizona (www.hartpantry.org), or to the First Presbyterian Church.