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Dairlene Kay White was a simple woman who placed value in people and not things. This was evident in her everyday life. Her family meant everything to her and she was present at every event to support, celebrate, to lend a helping hand or to offer a shoulder to cry on. You could be certain if she asked you how your day was she was genuinely interested in hearing your response.

She was born the sixth child out of seven to the late William Edward and Elizabeth Blanche (Snyder) White on Sept. 6, 1945.
Dairlene was born and raised in Sunbury where she attended Sunbury High School. She spent a few years of her adult life residing in Arizona, New York and South Carolina but returned to her roots for the remainder of her days.

She was preceded in death by both parents and three brothers, all from Sunbury: Frances "Bucky" White, William White, and Leonard White, who was her constant companion until his time of death in July 2015. She is survived by her brother Paul, his wife Suann, her older sister Sondra (White) Snyder, and baby sister Barbara (White), and her husband Roger Hummel.

She had but one child, son, Brian White also survives with his wife Jennifer (Lewis) White and their three daughters. Her granddaughters were her pride and joy and she told everyone she met about her baby girls: Erin (19) currently attending University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Kyra (17) a senior at Shikellamy High School, and Jillian (14) currently in 8th grade at Shikellamy Middle School. Grammy, as she was so lovingly known, was a beacon of light to her girls as well. A pillar of strength, a true example of hard working dedication.

She leaves behind countless nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. She had one very special niece who also served as her at home nurse, constantly checking in on Aunt Dairlene, bringing her meals, providing companionship, helping to get her to her many appointments, and always displaying love, Tammy (Snyder) Toomey and her husband Michael Toomey.

Dairlene worked for many years at Wilhold in Sunbury and retired from the Shikellamy School District in 2012 after nearly two decades of employment. She worked in several elementary schools within the district and cared for each student that walked those halls. She took time to talk with the kids and to help out wherever she could. She took great pride in providing the students and staff with clean learning spaces, ensuring her duties were completed well each night, even if it meant staying longer than her scheduled shift, unpaid. That's a quality hard to find in many.

Dairlene also volunteered with her brother, Lenny, for the local Lion's Club. She continued this volunteerism after his passing. Her and sister Sondra were "lunch buddies" often making the trip to visit their favorite eatery Hannah's in Trevorton after making sure her bills were paid!

On May 1, 2017, at 10:06 p.m. with her son Brian by her side Dairlene said goodbye to this Earth and passed on into the loving arms of Jesus at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where she spent her final days. She fought with all her might to win the battle against her illness right up until the end but went peacefully in to her next life.

Visitors may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury, followed by the funeral at 11.
Interment will be in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support Uncompensated Care for Women at Geisinger Health Foundation by sending checks, made payable to GHF to: Geisinger Health Foundation, MC 25-76, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822
Memorial donations may also be made online at https://donate.geisinger.org/
Published on  May 4, 2017
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