Darlene was born August 7, 1939, in Concord, CA to Ralph Raymond Walters & Mable (Micky) Adaline Mesna. Darlene is the third child in her family of four children. Darlene was preceded by twin brothers Ron and Don. Patty soon followed to complete the Walters children. As a young child, Darlene’s Father gave her the nickname Susie Q. Throughout the rest of her life, she went by Darlene and Susie.
Darlene was raised in the beautiful Bay area. Where her father had a construction company. When Darlene was a young teenager, Ralph and Micky separated. The children stayed with Micky. Darlene went to Mount Diablo H.S. but graduated in 1957 from San Lorenzo Valley H.S.
Darlene was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while attending High School and became a lifelong member of the church.
Darlene married John Adams in 1957. Darlene and John were blessed with four children, Dan, Kitty, Tim and Mark. John and Darlene separated in 1964.
Susie married Charlie Tonne’. They were blessed with Ann. That marriage did not last very long.
Darlene met a special man named Bliss Cook who loved to dance. Bliss swept Darlene off of her feet in the summer 1969. Darlene and Bliss started their married life in Freemont CA. Bliss taught Spanish in high school to support Darlene and the children. Bliss was a great influence on Darlene and the family. Later Darlene moved with Bliss to Acampo California where they taught the children to work on their almond orchard. 1977 was the year Darlene and Bliss chose to be sealed at the Oakland Temple. In 1979 Darlene and Bliss gave up the hard work of agricultural and moved to Lodi. While in Lodi Darlene and Bliss dabbled in several adventures. Their main source of employment was working for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Their goal was to go on a mission for their beloved church. That dream was fulfilled when Darlene and Bliss traveled to Roanoke, VA. This adventure was cut short when Bliss was diagnosed with cancer. Darlene cared for Bliss until he passed February 1989. The couple enjoyed numerus adventures during their 20 years of marriage.
The summer of 1990 started a new chapter in the life of Darlene. She met a dazzling Navy Crew chief who traveled the world in a DC9. Darlene loved to dance, at one dance she met Dennis Noppe, the crew chief and expert square dance caller. It was not long before Dennis discovered that Susie was the nick name he would call the love of his life for 31 years of marriage. There were many life style differences with the new couple. Susie and Dennis made a deal. Susie would overlook some of Dennis’ worldly habits if he would take her to church. They made a home in Stockton California. The new couple loved to travel to the coast or the mountains of California on their motorcycle. As time passed, Dennis lived up to his promise to attend church with Susie. Anyone who knows people from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, knows that they always invite their friends to join their church. After several years of attending church Dennis gained a testimony and joined the Church Susie loved. They served in many callings and made lasting friendships while they lived in Stockton.
Susie passed from a heart attack at the age of 82 on November 2, 2021. She is pre-deceased by her Parents, Ralph & Micky, Husband, Bliss, Brother, Don and Sister, Patty.
Susie is survived by her Husband, Dennis, Sons-Dan, Tim & Mark, Daughters-Kitty & Ann (Jeff), Grandchildren, Great grandchildren with a Great-great grandson due soon & Brother, Ron.