Darlene Joy Wear age 82 of Prosser, WA. passed away December 24, 2018 in Prosser, WA. Darlene was born March 28, 1936 in Sunnyside, WA the daughter of Orval and Bessie (Padelford) Minter. She received her education in Prosser, WA graduating from Prosser High School with the class of 1954. On March 10, 1955 she married her high school sweetheart Harry Wear in Grandview, WA. Darlene and Harry took over the family farm in 1963 farming 100 acres on the Roza while both working full time jobs. As a newlywed Darlene worked at the Whitstran Trading Co for Ralph and Edyth Olsen. She worked 22 years at the United Telephone Company, as their Regulatory Affairs Supervisor in Hood River. Darlene and Harry built a home on Willapa Bay in Tokeland, WA, living there until 2003 when they returned to Prosser. Darlene enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She loved to make afghans to give to family and friends. She loved to work in her garden. Darlene made Teddy Bears for many people, which earned her title of Grandma Teddy Bear to grandkids.
Darlene is survived by her children Deb Wear Heintz (Randy) of Prosser WA and Randy Wear (Laura) of Oakridge, OR, four grandchildren Ryan Heintz (Sarah), Stefanie Heintz, Lindsey Somerville and Sam Wear and eight great grandchildren Zachary, Paige, Zane, Peyton, Gabe, Hannah, Aurora and Patrick. She is also survived by one brother Charles Minter (Juanita), one sister Barbara Watkins (David) and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her Loving husband Harry Wear, parents Orval and Bessie Minter, sisters Kathy Gore, Lorraine Dahlman and brother Ed Minter.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA. Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Darlene’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements