Darlene Cheryl

Darlene Cheryl

1948 - 2022

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Darlene Cheryl (Higaki), born on November 21st, 1948 in San Francisco, California to Milly Dean Walls and Paul Fumio Higaki Sr., passed gracefully surrounded by family and friends in Chico, California on September 5th, 2022.


“Dar” as she preferred to be called, is mother to Cathleen Marie Garrity, with grandchildren Brooke and Jeremy Thompson and Casey Schmitz, as well as three beautiful great grandchildren Braelynn and Micah Thompson and Carter Crutchfield. Her family still resides in Durham, California. Darlene was the sister to Paul Higaki Jr., Josephine Rico-Mercer, Stephanie Rico, and Benny Rico and lifelong friend Connie Espinoza


Darlene was a compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker serving Butte, Glenn, Colusa and surrounding counties. She was passionate about empowering others to find their purpose, build resilience, and regain their joy. She enjoyed fishing, golfing, culture, art, being adventurous and traveling the world.


There will be a celebration of life for Darlene held at the Luna Room at Sol Mexican Grill on the 23rd of October, 2022 located at 3269 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95973 from 11 to 1pm.

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