Darlene C. (Bero) Oakes, 66, Akwesasne, passed away on Friday, April 19 at Tsiionkwanonhso:te after a short illness.
Darlene was born May 4, 1946 in Massena, the daughter of Richard Herne and Ruth Bero White.
She graduated from Salmon River Central School.
On June 6, 1964, she married Herbert Oakes at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Jacobs, officiating.
Darlene was a homemaker devoted her life to her grandchildren, especially her great granddaughter Kinsley, and enjoyed making holiday dinners, going to the Bingo Palace, and flower gardening.
Darlene was a kind hearted person, who would do anything for anyone and was always a giving person.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Herbie; her granddaughter, Courtney Oakes and her partner, Justin Thompson, of Akwesasne; her grandson, Skyler Gill of Montreal; her great granddaughter, Kinsley Thompson; a chosen daughter, Claudine Tarbell of Massena; her mother, Ruth White of Akwesasne; her father, Richard Herne, also of Akwesasne; her brothers, Edward Herne and his partner, Tina Lazore, Ricky Herne, Timothy Herne and his companion, Jackie Herne, and Ray Herne, all of Akwesasne; her sisters, Lorene Herne, Sandra Benedict-Wilkenson and her husband, Bruce, Kathy Herne, all of Akwesasne.
She is also survived by her aunt, Nancy Arquette of Akwesasne; her in-laws, Linda Oakes, Marshall Oakes, William and Rose Oakes, Patti and Abe Phillips, Caroline Oakes, Daniel Oakes, Chester Oakes, Andrea Oakes and Joe Bonaparte; her god-child, Tashawna Francis and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was predeceased her son, Ryan David Oakes June 22, 1999; her adopted parents, Andrew and Charlotte Bero and her grandparents, Joseph and Harriet Sawatis Herne.
Friends may call at the Akwesasne Homemakers Sunday at 5 p.m. until Tuesday at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating.
Cremation will follow.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.