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Darlene Violet Martin, 62, of Center Road, Middlesex, passed away in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family and friends on Thursday evening, December 13, 2012. Born in Montpelier on May 19, 1950, she was the daughter of Evelyn (Bador) Persons and the late Maynard Persons. On October 17, 1981, Darlene married Steven K. Martin in Middlesex.
Darlene was a 1969 graduate of Montpelier High School. As a young woman, she worked in various positions at the Sugarbush ski area that included the ski shop and on the slopes during ski races. She later pursued a more adventurous vocation, joining several of her friends in traveling throughout the continental United States over a four-year period selling magazine subscriptions. Returning to Vermont, she worked at a variety of jobs that included construction for Summit Construction Co. and working for several years as an electrical apprentice.
Having always had a strong attachment and love for her family’s 240-acre farm in Middlesex, she and her husband purchased it in 2000 where they operated a beef, poultry, pork and maple sugaring business.
Darlene was a member of the Worcester United Methodist Church, was on the board of directors for Hannah’s House in Waitsfield and was a former member of the NRA.
Darlene is lovingly remembered for her love of fishing, enjoying the outdoors and skiing, as well as the sheer joy she experienced in raising and riding her horses and everything the farm meant to her, especially how wonderful it was that she was able to spend the last 12 years there.
Darlene is survived by her husband of 31 years, Steven K. Martin of Middlesex; her mother, Evelyn Berglund of Berlin; a daughter, Renee L. Codling of Middlesex; a son, Shane A. Brickey, and his wife Sally of Plainfield; five grandchildren, Cody, Brad and Shane M. Brickey; David and Matt Codling; three sisters, Kim Persons of Orange, Brenda Persons of Berlin and Audrey Bullock of Middlesex; a brother, Russell Persons of Montpelier; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.
Friends and family are invited to call at Darlene and Steven’s home, 283 Center Road, Middlesex, VT, on December 29, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Later inurnment will take place in the Middlesex Center Cemetery. The family requests that instead of flowers, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Hannah’s House, P.O. Box 217, Waitsfield, VT 05673 (www.hannahshousevt.com), or Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.