Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation

Darlene Berggren Tribute Page

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In Loving Memory of Darlene

All of us at The Mary Kay Foundation are grieving the loss of Darlene to cancer on September 17, 2010.

In her valiant fight, Darlene was an inspiration to many as she bravely rose to the challenge. She surprised us all when she was able to attend Seminar 2010 and spoke boldly from the stage to encourage all those who were present. She said, "We are not born winners or losers; we are born choosers." She encouraged members of the sales force to make wise choices.

Truly she believed in the Mary Kay opportunity and chose from day one to give her all. Her Mary Kay career began in 1980, and she actively pursued the Mary Kay dream until her passing. She left an indelible impression on everyone she met, and Independent Beauty Consultants, Independent Sales Directors and National Sales Directors in her downline knew she was genuine and that she sincerely cared about them and did all she could to help them to become successful.

Darlene shared her wisdom and alluded to her battle with cancer in her Seminar speech, when she said, "It is not what happens to you, but it's how you handle it." She handled her illness with determination and grace and extended her life expectancy to the amazement of her physicians.

Darlene was a friend to The Mary Kay Foundation, and we will miss her greatly. Our hearts go out to her husband Denny and her children Marc and Beth.

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Leslie A. David
Wed, Jun 01, 2011
Darlene Berggren was the mother of my close friend and MK recruiter, Beth Berggren. I had the honor of meeting Darlene and experiencing her kindness and genuine personality. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out and I am so amazed by how she lived her life with energy, enthusiasm and integrity and how she inspired so many women to dream big!
We will always love and miss you Darlene!
Leslie Ann David

Sarah Meider
Sat, Apr 30, 2011
Dear Beth (and family)
Oh Beth, I have been so out of touch i had no idea that she had passed, and I also had figured, since she was your magical Mother, she was still "flying".. I am sorry I couldn't be there for you, but I know you and I know that you are a strong amazing woman~ I leave not a prayer for your Mom, but a thanks.
Thank you Darlene for raising such and amazing, magical, thoughtful, sweet, fun daughter~ I wouldn't be who I am without her, and I know she has one more angel shining down on her~
My heart goes out to you and your family~
~Sarah A. Meider

Erin Amici
Thu, Mar 24, 2011
I have just joined the Mary Kay family . I am honored to follow in the footsteps of brave and inspiring women, such as you. God Bless you Darlene, as I am sure you are an angel in heaven at GOD'S side.

Lauren Johnston
Thu, Jan 27, 2011
I never met Darlene personally but I was very honored when she responded to an email I had sent as a new consultant. She struck me as a woman who didn't condone excuses. She encouraged me to find my way around problems.

Anita Cantrell
Thu, Jan 06, 2011
Darlene was clearly an inspiration to all who knew her and her memory is forever etched on the tables of hearts across the nation. I pray her family finds peace and healing from the wound in their hearts as they mourn their loss.

Arlene Stornello
Thu, Dec 09, 2010
Darlene was one of my first teachers at my new consultant training class. I will always remember her wisdom, sparkling eyes and beautiful smile. She was always available to answer questions and always greeted everyone within 20 feet of her.
My heart breaks and my eyes fill with tears over the loss of this most wonderful woman. She will live in our hearts forever.

Debbie F Newman
Tue, Nov 23, 2010
My dream is to be a chooser and to share this dream with my recruits. I will be all that I can be and to give all the praise and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless and keep all of us as we work toward our dreams.

Sandy Guderyon
Mon, Nov 22, 2010
Hello to the family of Darlene-We are so sorry to hear that you are no longer
here. So Sorry.You were a bright and shining light for all of us.You will be missed, all of you.
Sincerely, Sandy Guderyon
Pleasanton CA.

Theresa Yockim
Mon, Nov 22, 2010
I feel so blessed to be a member of the Mary Kay Ashe community! Thanks to the vision and warm hearts of those of you who serve us (the consultants), I am proud to call myself Mary Kay!

Debbie Burke
Tue, Nov 02, 2010
Thank you for sharing this message. I am praying for her family. I have also shared the Mary Kay Foundation's website with family and friends.

Denise S. Beidleman
Sun, Oct 31, 2010
my thoughts and prayers are with the family - thank you for sharing your story

Jeni Tjelle
Sat, Oct 30, 2010
Darlene was like an angel at seminar saying good-bye to the people in the company that touched her heart. She was soft spoken , yet was heard by all. She was gentle and yet direct. Darlene was Mary Kay to those of us who never knew Mary Kay Ash....................

Michelle Kessloff
Fri, Oct 29, 2010
Praise the Lord!
Darlene is an Angel in Heaven.
I use her quote daily, "We are not born winners or loosers, we are born choosers!"
God is moving Mountains! It is all for his glory.
Blessings to Denny, Marc and Beth.
In Christ's Name,
Michelle Kessloff
My director is Barb Layman.
My National is Stacy James

Constance L. Peterman
Fri, Oct 22, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss.

Erica Bumbaugh
Tue, Oct 19, 2010
Dear Bergreen Family,
Although I have not have the honor of knowing Darlene for long, she was my NSD that inspired me to become all I could be in this business. I have great leaders in my area because of Darlene. Susan Hohlman is my role model and I know that without the help of Darlene I would not have had the awe inspiring woman she is today as a great leader.
Thank you for letting me be apart of your mother, wifes, and families dreams.

Ronnie Desposito Klein
Tue, Oct 19, 2010
Rest in peace my beautiful friend
You will be truly missed

Jane Bailey
Mon, Oct 18, 2010
Dear Denny,
My prayers are with you tonight and always. Darlene was so Beautiful, inside and out. Darlene was definitely someone we, and all who met her, loved immediately. Rick and I are so very sorry we could not attend her memorial as Rick now lives in Dallas and I was there until tonight. Praying for you and the children.
May the Lord Comfort you all at this time.
Jane and Rick Bailey

Tanya Shorter
Sun, Oct 17, 2010
To Darlene's Family and Area: Darlene is resting and watching! Darlene was an inspiration to everyone. I will definitely remember her kind spirit, warm embrace and vibrant smile.

Betty Furniss
Fri, Oct 15, 2010
My daughter in law Robin and I attended the 2010 Pearl Seminar summer and were so impressed by Darlene's speech. What a wonderful role model she was.

Deana Sulwer
Wed, Oct 13, 2010
Denny and family,
I am so sad and sorry to hear about Darlene's passing. She has always been an inspiration and role model of beauty and grace with determination. I'm glad to have met her while I lived in the Chicago area. Enjoy the happy memories as you celebrate her life. God bless you as you seek Him.
Consultant in Sally Moreno's Unit

Lori Lynn George
Tue, Oct 12, 2010
To Denny, Marc and Beth,
We are so moved to hear about the homegoing of your beloved wife, mother and friend.
Her gallant strength will live on through all of you.
There must be a Mary Kay in heaven.
Mrs Lori Lynn George

NaTasha Pollins
Tue, Oct 12, 2010
It was a pleasure to hear your words of wisdom at my first ever Seminar. I was truly touched and amazed by your encouraging words. You will be missed. God Bless You and Your Family.

Marjorie R. Foster
Sun, Oct 10, 2010
God bless you and keep you through your time of grief. Marjorie R. Foster

Doryce Bohana, Ind. Sales Director
Fri, Oct 08, 2010
I was so saddened to learn of Darlene's passing. She was truly a Mary Kay angel! Now she will take her place alongside Mary Kay and other "angels" at the right hand of God.
Blessings to her family.

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