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Minot, ND  58701

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Darlene Watne

FormerState Senator Darlene Claire Watne, 77, Minot, died on Friday, October 12, 2012 in a Minot hospital following a battle with cancer. Darlene served in the ND House of Representatives, the ND Senate, and as a Ward County Commissioner. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clair, who passed away July 30th. They are dancing in heaven right now.

Darlene and Clair loved living at the lake where they enjoyed nature and entertaining guests. At the cabin and in town, Darlene enjoyed creative interests including arts and crafts, broken glass mosaics, woodcarving (even whole totem poles!), sewing, and cooking.  She loved to read and correspond with friends and family. We will really miss your letters, Grandma Dar.

Darlene was born on February 11, 1935 to Charles and Ann (Fjeld) Widdel. The Fjeld and Widdel families were some of the first settlers to homestead the South Prairie near Minot.  Darlene was a 1953 graduate of Minot High School and proud to be a lifelong Minot resident. As a young adult, \"Snookie\" was employed at the Minot Post Office and KXMC Television Station, where she served as an executive secretary. She was also employed as a secretary at Watne Realtors, where she met her future husband, Clair. They married on March 25, 1954. 

Darlene and Clair were the proud parents of four children: Carmen (Daniel) Boggs of Everett, Washington, Steven (Karine) Watne of Edina, Minnesota, Nancy (Duffy)Mitchell of Seattle, Washington, and Matthew Watne of Minot; Darlene’s grandchildren include: Michael and Matthew Hadreas; John, Patrick and Duffy Mitchell; Claire, Emily, Khloé, Kamille and Mitchell Watne. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother Richard. She is also survived by her brother, Michael Elliot, and half brothers Craig and Tracy Widdel.

Ever the mother, Darlene did not return to work until her children entered school. She was employed at the Minot Daily News as an executive secretary for Raymond Dobson for many years and at Reed’s Moving and Storage. She returned to school at Minot Business College and received specialized training as a legal secretary and court reporter. She became the President of the school and was instrumental in expanding the course offerings. She was a court reporter for Judges Roy Ilvedson and Jon Kerian from 1975 until 1990. In addition, she co-owned and operated Watne Realtors with her husband, Clair, and was licensed in 1990 as a real estate broker. She worked as an active broker at Watne Realtors through 2001. 

Darlene was a former member of the Boards of Directors of the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Girl Scouts of America. Over the years, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Jayceettes, Elkettes, Rotary International, ND Court Reporters Association, ND Secretaries Association, and numerous other organizations in which she played an active role. Through her careers, she received numerous awards, commendations and certifications. As a parent, she was active in PTA, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Darlene had a lifelong commitment to Minot, her family, and the surrounding community.

CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF DARLENE WATNE:  Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church, Minot.
INTERMENT:  Rosehill Memorial Park
VISITATION:  Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home – Minot.
MEMORIALS are preferred to Minot Area Community Foundation, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, or Trinity Hospital Foundation. 
 


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MessageWatne Family:
Just this morning I learned that both of your parents had passed away. I am so shocked and sorrowful. I have known of your parents since childhood and have the highest regard both. Your father was one of my dad's closest business associates. Your mother was regarded for decades as one of Minot's most outstanding citizens. My parents adored them both. As recently as two years ago your father helped me in a small RE transaction. Your Mom and I worked together on a County land issue when she was a Commisioner. What a priveldge it was to have had the chance to know them as an adult after hearing for many years what great people they were. Minot will not be the same.
My deepest and most sincere condolences.
John Muus
NYC 12/13/2012
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MessageMy condolences to all of you at this sad time. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to lose both parents so close together.

Neola Kofoid Garbe
Retired Bel Air Teacher
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MessageJust wanted to let you know how much your Mother meant to me. I started doing her hair during the flood of 1969. She was not only client but a friend,I was very young then. She always had new recipes for me and tips for taking care of my children as a young bride.I will miss her My prayers our with your family
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MessageDear Nancy, Carmen, Steven and Matthew,

Thinking of the many happy memories of growing up on 21 Street; our block hide and seek game being one of my favorites! (I was always awe-struck when Steven would climb up to the top of the street light!) Nancy, you probably could do it, too!

Another favorite was hanging out at the Watnes. I truly loved your family!

Wishing I could be there today to celebrate your Mother's life.

My deepest condolences and many blessings to you all,

Vicky Holmly Cain
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MessageMy thoughts and prayers are with the Watne family. I am so sorry for your loss
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MessageWatne family: So sorry to hear of Darlene's passing. She was a wonderful lady and an awesome vice-chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I have always thought so highly of Darlene, she was quite the Lady! She will missed by many including me as one of her committee clerks. Prayers to you all
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MessageSo very sorry to read about the loss of your parents. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
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MessageTo the family of Darlene Watne: I was sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Darlene at Minot Business College where I was enrolled in the court reporting program in 1971-73. She was such a professional and was a mentor to me while in the court reporting program.
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MessageDear Watne family: Jackie and I are so sad to know that both Clair and Darlene have passed away. We spent time with them via the MHS Class of 1953 reunions in Minot and at the lake, which was a wonderful retreat for a dozen classmates. We always counted on them to greet us when we came to Minot and they did so with grace and kindness. In fact Darlene had contacted me about plans for our 60th MHS reunion in the summer of 2013. We will miss her dearly. Mac '53 and Jackie Gimse
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MessageIt was indeed a surprise to catch the obit in the Forum and then the News. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.

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