Pella — Darlene Joy (Kuiper) Picard, 76, a resident of Peoria, Arizona, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014. Darlene was born in Oskaloosa, IA on May 1st, 1937 to Bessie and Andrew Kuiper.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Picard and her parents. Darlene is survived by her brother Logan Kuiper, San Pedro, Belize; nephews Adam and Tim Kuiper, Los Alamos, NM, niece Siri Hoehn, her husband Chris, their children Hailey and Ryan, Albuquerque, NM, and many friends, relatives, co-workers and former students.
Darlene grew up on a farm outside of Pella, IA and moved to Arizona in 1961. She was married to Roger Picard in 1974. Darlene received her master’s degree in Art from Arizona State University. She taught Elementary Art in the Washington School District of Phoenix for 49 years. Even after her retirement in 2011, she continued to substitute. Darlene had a love for life, for art and for her students. She enjoyed living in Arizona, traveling, art projects, spending time with family and friends, and her beloved dog Precious. She was a member of the Gourd Art Enthusiasts and had some pictures of her gourd art work there. Darlene will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The family invites Darlene’s friends, former students, and co-workers to a celebration of her life to be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at her home in Peoria from 11am-1pm. For further information, please: 505-500-5312.
Memorial donations can be made to the Washington Education Foundation (Washington School District, 4650 West Sweetwater, Glendale, AZ 85304) specifying that it go to support the Elementary Art Program in memory of Darlene Picard.