Darlene Lilau, 72, former resident of Medford, Ore., passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012, at her home in Redding, Calif., surrounded by people she loved.

Darlene was born October 14, 1940, in Medford, Ore. She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Beulah and Paul Clement. Darlene had a strong work ethic and solid memory of events and people. She enjoyed anything western, especially John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans movies. Some of her hobbies were reading, stamping, crafts, and coin collecting.

She had fond childhood memories of camping and fishing with her grandparents, Lewis and Pearl Lingren. She also enjoyed dining out and was a regular customer of Sally's Diner, Asian Grill, and Luigi's in Medford. Her Ashland favorite was Greenleaf.

She devotedly worked at the Mail Tribune for many years and loved her work and the staff. Due to health challenges, she had to leave her position. Before relocating to Redding, Calif. to live with a close friend, Darlene spent many hours riding the Rogue Valley Transit buses and built lively friendships with the drivers and employees.

Most important, Darlene was a woman of strong Christian faith. Daily Bible study and prayer for others was the mainstay of her life. Her unique personality and trust in Jesus helped her persevere through many personal struggles and health challenges in life. In the process of living out her faith, she built many enduring relationships. Her love and infectious smile will be greatly missed.

She is survived by a close cousin, Ron Lingren and his wife Franca, of Fair Oaks, Calif.; numerous relatives; and her beloved friend, Bonnie Wolfman and family.

The memorial service for Darlene will be Saturday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m., at the Ashland Alliance Bible Chapel, 748 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, Oregon.

Contributions in Darlene's memory may be made to the World Grace Mission in the Dominican Republic at www.toseetheglory.org.