Darlene Kraft

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Darlene Kraft

Darlene Kraft, 73, of Billings passed away Friday morning, Oct. 9, 2020. She was born Nov. 24, 1946 in Lewistown, Montana to Charles and Alice Taylor. She was married to the love of her life, Lee for 49 years and survived by two children, Lee Jr. (wife Shelly) and Robin, two grandchildren Riley and Hailie, a brother Charlie and sister Gloria.

Darlene was a true giver and overcomer. She taught first and second grade at Independent Elementary for two years and Pioneer Elementary for 22 years. Teaching was one of her life's passions, as she enjoyed watching kids learn and deeply loved all children. Darlene later obtained a master's degree in administration, which she used serving two years in a leadership position.

After 24 years, Darlene retired to spend time with her love and husband, Lee. They enjoyed every moment being together and spent their time in complete happiness. You could find them in nature taking pictures, walking Lake Elmo or searching the rivers for eagles, deer, swans and other wildlife. They enjoyed fishing and taking local trips to Red Lodge and Bozeman.

One of their favorite activities was going out to eat and spending time with their daughter Robin. They often went to festivals, galleries and Sunday lunch together. They were the three amigos. Lee and Darlene loved visiting and spoiling their grandkids most of all. They visited Lee Jr. in Utah many times a year, including annually for Christmas and welcomed several weeks every summer together.

Darlene had many hobbies that she enjoyed. She loved gardening, painting, bible studies and her grandkids. Her garden was known for its beautiful flowers and tranquil fishpond. Darlene was an amazing mom and grandma. She was always there for her children and grandchildren. She would find every opportunity to attend recitals, sporting events, cheer competitions, birthdays and holidays.

Darlene also helped her husband publish his poetry, including design and marketing. She loved her family, Montana and longed for Billings to know God.

Darlene is described by her endless giving, generosity and love for all. We celebrate her life with joy, memories, laughter and togetherness. We are thankful for her example of goodness and impact to her family, friends and community. We know that she is at peace in heaven with God and reunited with her husband Lee.

Thank you and love you, mom and grandma. A celebration ceremony will be held in the Spring of 2021 due to COVID-19 with an announcement coming on Facebook. Condolences can be sent to Robin Kraft at 4115 Mavericks Way #5, Billings, Montana 59106 and Lee Kraft Jr. at PO Box 1114, Draper, Utah 84020.

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