Darlene Marilyn (Kalina) Vik, 77, passed away January 2, 2019 at her home in Mountain City, GA following 2 years with Bulbar ALS. She was born in Bowman, ND February 2, 1941, grew up on a ranch south of Bowman, attended Bowman schools and became Shorthorn Queen of ND. Anyone that spent time with Darlene would be drawn in by her $1,000,000 smile, outgoing personality, intellect, high energy level and sincere interest in each person. The first week at Augustana College in 1959, her husband, Stan, became captivated by her beauty and fancy footwork as a majorette, and they married April 22, 1961 in Sioux Falls, SD. In 1966, she received her BA in Education from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, while raising 3 beautiful children. Her strong independent character, pioneer spirit, and dedication to family enabled her to follow her husband’s computer systems career moving to 6 states and 2 countries. Her exceptional teaching skills were beneficial in raising the children and teaching elementary school and ESL in 3 states and 2 countries (Australia 2yrs/Canada 6 yrs). How many women in 1969 would sell their belongings to follow their husband to Australia with 3 small children to start a new life w/o a job? During her 57+ years of marriage, she developed a love of ocean beaches and seafood during 2 yrs in Tasmania, Australia and 9 yrs in St. Pete, FL; concluded her work career with 7 yrs in inventory management and accounting for ACE Hardware in Atlanta; and later retired to the North GA mountains.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Adolf Kalina and Irene (Anderson) Kalina, and brother Darrell Kalina. She is survived by her husband Stan, son Michael, daughters Cheryl (Vik) Bowman and Roxanne Vik, brothers Delroy and Donald, grandchildren Mats Bowman, Nathan Bowman, Dakota Bowman, Harrison Vik, Tatiana (Vik) Bobbitt, step grandson Joshua Hance, step granddaughter Katy Hance, Olivia Williams, Charlotte Williams.
No funeral service to be conducted and cremation ashes are on her home fireplace mantle.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the ALS Association of GA.
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