Yarbrough (née Culbertson)
Age 80 of St. Paul
Passed away September 19th, 2022
Darlene grew up in St. Paul MN, and graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in 1960. She had many different jobs in life; she was a homemaker, a JCPenney shoe sales associate for 20 years, and an involved volunteer with Hospice and Regions Cancer Center. She loved her nicknames of Cubby from her childhood friends and Turtle from her family. Her favorite activities were spending time with family and friends, playing cards and Bingo, enjoying a beer or margarita, reading the St. Paul Pioneer Press, playing an eclectic mix of music, talking on the phone, eating Carbone’s and Village pizza, watching movies (especially at the drive-in) and going to Minnesota Lynx and Minnesota Wild games. Darlene was proud of her Irish heritage and especially enjoyed her dream vacation to Ireland. Raising her children and spoiling her best pals (grandkids) was a highlight of her life. Above all, she was a sweet soul who was kind to all. When you spent time with Turtle, you would leave laughing and having a great time. Even in her elder years, she would greet the residents in her community with a smile, hand wave and energetic hello.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lucille Culbertson; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Donna Culbertson; nieces, Edie Deering and Wendy Lang; and special friend, Dan Reed.
Turtle is survived by her daughters, Sandy (William) Rogers and Rita (John) Hinzman; grandchildren, Ellie and Joey Hinzman; and many other loving nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be held 4:30-7:30PM Tuesday, October 4th 2022 at O’Halloran and Murphy, 8700 Valley Creek Rd, Woodbury. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00AM with visitation one hour prior Wednesday, October 5th 2022 at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 6133 15th St. N, Oakdale. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to various charitable organizations of importance to Turtle.
Mom, we promise to “be good, stay strong, be happy, and take care of ourselves” per your final wishes. These are wise words from a sweet soul… Thank you for always being our cheerleader.