MISSOULA — Teddy Maloof (Darlene) ended the long goodbye from Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Memory Care Center of the Village in Missoula, Montana. Teddy was 76.
Teddy, so nicknamed for her love of Teddy Bears, was born in Sacramento, California, in May of 1942. Her mother, Olga and father Naseem Nader Maloof were very proud of their curly haired, active daughter.
And active she remained. She loved being a Girl Scout camp counselor. In North Del Rio High School, she played violin and saxophone. She enjoyed playing duets with her brother Richard. She worked on the school newspaper and loved writing.
She began her higher education at American River College, Sacramento and then Teddy attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. Upon graduation, she worked as a counselor at U.C., Northridge.
Montana, and her love of the outdoors, drew her to Missoula where she served as a counselor at the Vo-Tech and then moved to Sentinel High School. Teddy was well loved by her students, and her office was painted by the students with blue sky and puffy white clouds.
One of Teddy’s great joys was saying something outrageous and then laughing at the reaction she caused all the while getting everyone to join in that laughter. Another joy was running every day.
One of her great passions was writing. She wrote the play A Woman Is Waiting, which won the Editor’s Award at the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference and was produced by Seattle’s Discovery Theater. In a contest of over 19,000 entries, Writer’s Digest awarded Teddy Honorable Mention for Cheyenne Fanny in the Television/Movie Script category. Teddy wrote many screenplays and poetry. She was passionate about Native American culture and wrote a four-part miniseries called The Moon of the Falling Leaves.
Teddy will be missed by family: Richard (Mary Lou Metzger), Carolynn, and Terry (Jeanette) and nieces and a nephew. She is survived by the many students she helped and loved. She will be a fond memory by those with whom she worked and all who knew her, and in particular, long-time friend and caregiver, Margo Voermans
Sincere thanks go to the wonderful staff of the Village Memory Care (Pearl Garden).
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Darlene “Teddy” Maloof can be sent to:
The University of Montana Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807, please note "For Welch Scholarship in memory of Teddy Maloof," or to the Humane Society of Western Montana, online, or P.O. Box 1059, Missoula, MT 59806
A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.