4/12/1947 – 9/3/2016
A service celebrating Charlene’s life will be held on Friday September 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Community Church, 1544 7th Street, Wasco, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlene’s name may be made to California Living Museum, 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93306.
Charlene Marie Albert passed away at San Joaquin Community Hospital on September 3, 2016. She was born in Los Angeles on April 12, 1947, to Wayne and Mildred Miller, and grew up in Pasadena. After high school she met her future husband on a family camping trip to Huntington Lake, Ca. The two of them loved retelling that story. She started school at Pasadena City College but soon quit to work and save money for marriage.
Charlene married Mark Albert in 1968 and passed away holding him in her arms. In between, they lived a full life together. As Mark had promised, she was able to quit work to become a homemaker after Mark’s graduation from college and the start of his new job. They first lived in Monrovia, and then Pasadena. In 1970, their first son Chris was born in Pasadena where they lived for five years. In 1975, they moved to Wasco and were able to build a home in the country where they remained to this day. This was a dream come true for them both. Charlene never thought of herself as a city girl. The first thing she was able to do at her new country home was to buy a horse and ride it every day…another dream come true. What an exciting time that was for her.
In 1979, their second son Micah was born and so continued a whirlwind of living life near family and friends and being that stay-at-home mom in the small farm town that was Wasco. She was perfectly content being a wife, a mom and a friend. Charlene and Mark each found Jesus Christ in 1976 and settled into the little First Congregational Church in Wasco. It was a wonderful life.
Charlene loved all animals and was a birder. She adopted countless dogs and cats, all abandoned at the doorstep. She would not kill a spider in the house, preferring to banish it to the outside. Charlene was an avid reader, an artist, a gardener and a terrific cook. She especially loved to bake. Occasionally she would enter pies or bread in the Kern County Fair and won first place each time she did. Charlene loved to travel and particularly loved road trips, preferring them over the European vacations. She loved to hop in the car, head out to the Western states, and explore. Especially the desert. She loved doing that as a kid and taught that joy to Mark and the boys. And of course, occasional summers at Huntington Lake were always special.
In 1995, after Micah went off to college, Charlene rejoined the work force. She became the bookkeeper and firm administrator for her husband’s and son’s CPA firm and was a great ambassador. She performed that job until she died.
Charlene is preceded in death by her father Wayne Miller. She leaves behind a loving family…including her husband, Mark, her two sons, Chris (daughter-in-law Jeannette) and Micah (daughter-in-law Lindsey) and five grandchildren – Gavin, Lexie, Cassie, Norah and Ethan. She also leaves behind her mother, Mildred Miller and her sister Nicolette Miller.
Her family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring critical care staff at San Joaquin Hospital. They were exceptional professionals and compassionate to her in the final days.