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Darlene Dally Memorial Scholarship

Darlene Ruth Dally passed away March 19, 2012, following a year-long battle with cancer. She was born October 8, 1946 in Kansas City, MO. She grew up in Edmonds, Washington, graduating from Edmonds High School.  She attended Western Washington University and graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics.

Darlene’s passion was teaching.  She spent her career as a Family and Consumer Science teacher (Home Economics).  Her teaching career began at Maple Lane in 1980; she taught at Tumwater High School and transferred to Black Hills High School when it opened in 1997.  She retired from Black Hills in 2007 and continued substituting at Olympia High School for the next four years.

She is remembered fondly by family, friends and students.  A vibrant and caring person, she had a positive outlook on life, was a wonderful listener and a comfort to be around.  Darlene loved teaching and being around high school students.  She often said that being a teacher made her feel young and kept her up-to-date with the latest fashion trends.  Attending her grandchildren’s’ events, book club, LOL club, sewing, celebrating holidays with family and visiting Whidbey Island and Lake Tahoe were some of her favorite activities.

Darlene is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, John; daughters Stephanie Joy (Michael) and Kim Peterson and grandchildren Madeleine, Peyton, Alexander and Emma.  She was a very special and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend – an inspiration to all.


  • Applicant must be a graduating senior from Black Hills or Tumwater High School.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have completed CTE approved courses.
  • Applicant may attend a 4 year, 2 year, technical or private college.
  • There is no minimum GPA requirement.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must complete a Tumwater Education Foundation Scholarship application, along with the following supplemental information.
  2. In 200 words or less, please answer: How will this scholarship contribute to your life goals though a post-secondary experience?
  3. In 200 words or less, please answer: Describe how CTE has helped to define your career path and how you see it being a part of your life in the future.