Obituary: Darlene Marlow Jan. 11, 1949 – June 6, 2016

Darlene MarlowDarlene Marlow, a Trinidad resident who served the whole community of Humboldt County, died suddenly on June 6.

A long-time president of the Trinidad Friends of the Library, she worked tirelessly to raise funds for  the new Trinidad Library, from selling agates and cards at every community event to chairing big fundraisers such as two popular Bling for Books and Adult Spelling Bees.

“I do believe we would not have had a library in Trinidad without her,” said Kenzie Mullen, longtime Trinidad library manager.

Somehow, Darlene also found the time to devote hundreds of hours greeting folks at the interpretive center at the Arcata Marsh, act as chairperson of a county grand jury, write several books, start a Mah Jong group and a Scrabble club, lead an OLLI writers’ group and make friends all over the county.

At the Marsh, grade school teachers would call up when they brought their classes to visit to request her presentation on how the sewage plant worked. They called her “The Princess of Poop” and she loved it. She loved answering questions about the birds and everything else there, earning the Volunteer of the Year award in 2014.

Marlow wrote her own obituary in a workshop led by her friend, Janine Volkmar.

It reads:

What I Want In My Obituary

I have danced with the shimmering Northern Lights; I have heard the haunting cry of migrating Sandhill Cranes; I have smelled the Alpine wildflowers; I have swum in three oceans.

I have fought for justice.

I have loved and been loved.

I am content.

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