Darcy (“Dee” to so many!) was born in Nipawin, SK on November 6, 1961, the youngest of four daughters born to Wilfred and Dorothea Schill. She attended school in Nipawin, Winnipeg and LCBI in Outlook. Darcy always enjoyed making music. Whether she was at home, at church, with the LCBI choir, around the fire at the lake, or wherever there was an opportunity, Darcy loved to sing, and play piano and guitar.
Darcy graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Education, and taught school in Spiritwood, La Ronge and Duck Lake. She was an educator through and through. English and Home Economics were her particular teaching favorites, but she loved working with young people in any fashion. She attended hockey games, coached drama students and, through a host of other ways, poured herself into whatever activity or event was at hand. Somewhere along the line, cooking became a life-long love and passion.
When health issues eventually meant Darcy could no longer teach, she refused to give up or give in. Instead she searched out opportunities to contribute when and as she felt able. Over the years she volunteered many times in many ways, at the Salvation Army, Victoria Hospital, Red Cross evacuations, Wesmor High School Teen Facility Centre, Jessy’s Garden and Peter’s Pantry, to name a few. For several years she thoroughly enjoyed leaving notes and treats on car windshields at Christmas time. She happily and generously shared her time, her cooking skills and her love with so many. She gave from her heart and she received so much in return. Dee forged lifelong friendships that constantly sustained her through whatever life dealt her.
Years ago, Dee copied the following poem into a little booklet. It reflects what she believed, how she lived her life and the bond that she shared with so many.
The best part of love is the giving-
The sharing is wonderful too-
And knowing that you really love me
As much as I’ll always love You!
(Helen Marie Zell)
Darcy passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2020. She was pre-deceased by her parents, grandparents, and all of her aunts and uncles. She leaves three sisters to treasure her memory: Judy (Ken) Orthner, Lois (Barry) Richer, and Connie (Lloyd) Sauder; her niece Kendra Orthner (Troy), her nephews Kent (Rhea) Orthner, Cris (Lesley) Richer, Joshua (Anneka) Richer; and great –nephews Drew, Braydon and Landon Orthner, Kaz, Kian and Kaleb Orthner and Oliver Richer.
Dee also leaves to treasure her memory her friends, soul-friends and her heart daughter. We are so grateful to each of you for the laughter, fun, tears and love you shared together, for enriching her moments and for making Dee’s life so full of love.
Rest easy, Darcy. We love you.