Darlene A. Grundy MONTPELIER — Darlene Joyce (Albin) Grundy was born on May 17, 1933, the second child of James and Delta (Bullock) Albin. Darlene died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Mayo retirement home in Northfield. She spent her childhood with her parents and four brothers on a farm outside Wilsey, Kansas, where she learned many life skills which served her well throughout her life. She attended Fairview Rural School, graduated from Wilsey High School, went on to graduate from Empora State Teachers College with a BS in Education and from the University of Northern Colorado with an MA in Education. Darlene's teaching career began in a rural school near her home. She moved on to Wichita, Kansas, and then to Wayne, New Jersey, finally ending in East Montpelier with her retirement in 1996. Altogether, she taught for 34 years. While in Colorado, she met her future husband, David Grundy, and they were married on Aug. 26, 1962. They had two sons Matthew and James, and she interrupted her teaching career for nine years while she cared for them. Darlene enjoyed planning and preparing special meals and parties for family and friends, sewing, reading and playing games and spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She was an active member of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier having served on the Executive Committee, as various officers of the Women's Alliance, on the Worship and Arts Committee and had sung with the church choir from 1974 to 2016. She was also active on both the state and local levels of the Retired Teachers Associations serving as officers in both. She was also a member of the local hospice choir and a women's book group. Survivors include her son, Matthew, daughter-in-law Nancy Bruce, grandchildren Sara Grundy, Jaye Weinert and husband Zack, Ava and Esme Grundy Bruce. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. with reception to follow.