ARLEE – Darcy Mary Malatare went home to the Creator on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2015, and was greeted with open arms by her loving sister Lynnette.
Darcy was born in St. Ignatius on Nov. 5, 1966, to John (Bear) and Flora (Irma) Malatare. She attended school in Arlee and graduated in 1985. After high school, Darcy attended Big Sky College of Barber Styling Inc. in Missoula and earned her barber's license July 20, 1986. Darcy opened her own barber shop in Arlee shortly after and also worked various jobs in the community. For the last 12 years, Darcy worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Lands Department.
Darcy married Bradley Wieder on April 13, 1987, and they were married for 21 years. Together they welcomed to the world their daughter Jonnell on Dec. 9, 1987, and their son Leon on May 16, 1991. Darcy met Joe Vanderburg in 2009 and they were together until her death. She was a very devoted mother whose life revolved around her children and grandchildren. Her last best memories were as a Yaya taking her grannies to the fair.
All throughout her life, Darcy enjoyed being involved in many family activities including huckleberry picking, holiday parties, playing cards, camping and any activity that involved being in the woods. She was well known for her excellent landscaping talents, always having a camera in her hands trying to catch the next "America's Funniest Home Videos," her outstanding skills as a barber, and having a very contagious laugh. But most of all, Darcy was known for her big heart that cared for everyone around her.
Darcy frequently went out of her way for others: She made sure everyone was well fed and happy by preparing multiple dishes for family gatherings, she made sure those around her had more than they needed, and she was always there when times got tough. When her sister Lynn was diagnosed with cancer and had to move to Seattle for treatment, Darcy packed up her things, too, and moved there as well, and she did the cooking, cleaning and took care of the family for the four months they lived there. She truly put the needs of her family as well as those of others before her own.
Darcy was preceded in death by her sister, Lynnette; her grandparents, Phillip Malatare, Katherine Barnaby, Alec Lumpry and William Linsebigler; her aunt, Sophie Tellier; and her uncle, Bud Barnaby.
She is survived in death by her daughter, Jonnell (Nakota and their children – her Yayas – Macklen and Raileigh); her son, Leon; her parents, Bear and Irma; her friend, Joe Vanderburg; her brother, John (Becky); her sisters, Cheryl (Darrin) and Jen (Ron); her brother-in-law, Ernie; various aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews; and countless other friends and loved ones.
A rosary service is at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, and Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Arlee Community Center.