D’arcy was born in Edmonton, Alberta on April 3, 1968. She spent her early years with her family in the Grove Trailer Park on Edmonton’s south side. In September of 1974, she started Grade 1 at the Ellerslie Elementary School in nearby Strathcona County. In 1975, her family relocated to Fort McMurray where she completed school at Good Shepherd Elementary, St. John’s Junior High, and Father Mercredi Catholic High School, graduating in 1986.
In 1987, D’arcy moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta where she graduated on June 3, 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture through the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. In September 1994, D’arcy furthered her post-secondary education at Grant MacEwan College. In 1996, she earned both a Library and Information Management Diploma and the Governor General’s Academic Medal for the student who achieved the highest academic standing in a diploma-level post secondary program by achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA over the two years. After graduation, D’arcy was employed by the Alberta Government Library where she remained until July 2011.
D’arcy had four main passions in her life: animals, books, cross stitch, and the performing arts. While in Fort McMurray, D’arcy was employed at the SPCA where she brought her work home with her in the form of her beloved pets Nicholas, Watson, Holmes, Raisin, and Arby. In Edmonton, D’arcy once again volunteered at the SPCA, from where she adopted her adored cat Trick. She continued to assist animals, including a lion cub, through her employment at Edmonton’s Emergency Veterinary Clinic.
To say D’arcy was a book enthusiast would be a huge understatement. D’arcy spent many untold hours at Audreys Books, Greenwoods’ Books, The Edmonton Book Store, and Edmonton South Pointe Chapters. Over the years, she amassed her own personal library containing an eclectic collection of books, including, but not limited to, children’s stories, medical journals, travel and gardening guides, biographies, literary works, Canadiana, books about books, and novels about her favorite fictional characters.
In her spare time, D’arcy enjoyed cross-stitch. Those whom meant a lot to her received a specially designed and crafted work of art. Her works included birth announcements for her three nieces, an RCMP crest for her mother, and a variety of animal and native motifs for her closest friends. D’arcy received two recognitions for her cross-stitch projects, including honorable mention and a 2nd place standing.
D’arcy’s other love was the performing arts. She was a frequent attender of various Edmonton festivals including the Folk Music Festival, the Fringe, and the Street Performers Festival. She was also an avid supporter of the Free Will Players Theatre Guild, taking in many of their Shakespeare in the Park performances over the years. Her love of the arts took D’arcy beyond Edmonton to New York to see Broadway plays and to London, England to visit the Globe Theatre.
D’arcy will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.