Darline Yates Pelletier


Darline Yates Pelletier, 71, of Cuero passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2022.  She and her twin sister were born November 5, 1950 in Gonzales County to Willie “WT” Talbert and Carrie “Dollie” Mae Glasco Yates.  In 1971 she married Joseph L. Pelletier in Gonzales and they were married for twenty three years before he passed away in January of 1994.  Darline worked as a nurse and caregiver.  She had a heart of gold and loved helping people.  She left imprints on the hearts of everyone who met her.  Her best friend was her baby girl, “Daffy” and her favorite son-in-law was Michael.  She nominated him to do anything and everything and he never told her no!  She loved being silly with her grandchildren, singing her own made up nursery rhymes and dancing.  She was a loving wife, a caring mother and special MiMi.  

Darline is survived by her best friend and baby girl “Daffy” Daffenie (Michael) Schlinke; sons, John E. (Nikki) Schultz, Tracy D. (Kim) Pelletier and Wayland S. (Erica) Pelletier; sisters, Audrey Yosko, Barbara Cox and Twin Sister, Charlene Pitcock; brother, Delvis Yates; grandchildren, Ryan Mallett, Kathryn (Shelby) Knight, Zaena (Daniel) Pelletier Torres, Skylar Pelletier, Madyson (Careum) Pelletier, Caine Romero, Reagan Schultz, Antha Parker, Tristin Pelletier, Saigin Pelletier, Tylin Pelletier, Kamerin Pelletier, Hunter, Trayland and Aubree Schlinke; great-grandchildren, Bricin, Rogelio Jr., Sailee and Braxton Salinas, Rae, Zaedan and Baby Torres, Haedyn (Bubba) Armstrong, Renesmae (Sissy) Grant and Kehlani Ellis-Schlinke – aka: LaLa; her close friend, Maria Sanchez; numerous nieces, nephews cousins, friends and lots of kids and grandkids she “adopted”.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, “WT” and “Dollie”; husband, Joseph L. Pelletier; sisters, Joyce Maxine Beene and Ella Inez Snider; infant brother, Helmuth Richard Yates and grandson, Joshua Wayne Terry.  

Visitation will be held Friday, March 25, 2022, 9:00 AM at Freund Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 AM with Pastor Terry Brown officiating.  Interment will follow at Bundick Cemetery in Smiley.

Pallbearers include Caine Romero, Judge Beene, Daniel Torres, Kathryn Knight, Ronnie Cook, Tristin Pelletier, Tylin Pelletier and Jeff Martinez. 

Honorary Pallbearers include Hunter Schlinke, Trayland Schlinke, Tracy Pelletier, Aubree Schlinke, Kimberley Briscoe, Delvis Yates, Ernest Cox and Maria Sanchez. 

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted at Freund Funeral Home to help defray funeral expenses.  

You may sign the guestbook or send condolences at

Freund Funeral Home, 361.275.2343.