Randi Gail Darger went home with Jesus on Feb. 25, 2018, with her husband, son and daughter by her side.
Randi fought a valiant battle with cancer for more than 23 years.
Randi was born March 24, 1943, to Bob Hopkins and June (Bray) Hopkins in Longview, Washington. In 1950, the family moved to Bandon and in 1959 they moved to Brookings.
Randi graduated from Brookings-Harbor High School in 1961 and was the Azalea Festival queen.
In 1963 she married Jack Darger following a six-week courtship and they enjoyed a blessed 54-year marriage.
Randi and Jack had two children, Sue and Scott, and she was proud that she and Sue were the first mother-daughter Azalea queens. She always thought her son, Scott, was the funniest person on the planet, as well as the smartest.
Randi was especially close to niece, Kathy (Gran) Morgan and nephew, Keith Gran and loved them like her own.
She loved her family above all else and was present for all six of her grandchildren’s births. She had a way of making each of those grandchildren believe they were her favorite.
Randi loved being Grammie to her six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as being a surrogate Grammie to countless others in town.
She loved going to all sporting events with Jack, even if her own grandkids weren’t playing. She truly loved that so many kids called her Grammie.
Randi loved playing games of all kinds, including card games or bingo with her lady friends and golf with whomever wanted to play.
One of her favorite things was camping all summer along the Chetco River with her family, playing corn-hole, golf ball toss by day and card or board games by night.
Randi loved living her life, traveling with Jack in their RV and meeting many treasured friends. She lived her life to the fullest, always a beautiful smile on her face.
Randi is survived by her husband, Jack Darger, daughter Sue Darger, son Scott Darger and his wife Nikki. Grandchildren Gavin McVay and wife Kelli, Brenna McVay, Mallory Darger, Averi Carroll, Alec Darger and Bret Darger; and great-grandchildren Preston and Paisley McVay.
Randi was preceded in death by both of her parents, brothers Larry and Dave Hopkins and niece Stacy (Hopkins) Rust.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. March 10, at Calvary Assembly of God Church at 518 Fir St. in Brookings. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Randi’s name to the Brookings-Harbor High School Booster Club in support of high school athletics.