Darlene “Dolly” Rebecca Teal Alter was born in Camden, SC, on March 20, 1960, to John Robert “J. R.” Teal and Kate Lyles Teal.
Darlene “Dolly” Rebecca Teal Alter lost a courageous 10 year battle with leukemia on November 2, 2008 at Palmetto Richland Medical fighting with all her strength until the last few moments.
Mrs. Alter met her husband while serving in the United States Air Force. After getting married, Mrs. Alter became a dedicated homemaker and mother. She was a member of Cassatt Baptist Church.
Mrs. Alter enjoyed decorating her home, gardening and spending time with her family. A feisty spirit, Mrs. Alter was also known for her creativity and she spent many hours sewing beautiful scarves and blankets and painting still-life portraits. Mrs. Alter loved animals, at one time owning over 20 cats and numerous dogs. She was also known for her sense of humor and style.
During her long battle, she participated in several clinical trials to help improve the quality of life for future cancer patients. Many individuals have and are expected to benefit from her contribution.
Surviving were her husband, Barry Leonard Alter; children, Adrienne Jessica Alter of Elgin, Lauren Michele Alter of Columbia, and Joseph Daniel Alter of Lexington; a special grandson, William Barry Alter; her mother, Kate Teal of Camden; sisters, Dianne Teal Lawhon of Campobella and Holly Teal (Andy) Johnson of Camden, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, J. R. Teal and a brother Robert Teal.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Butler, nurses, Ann Potash and Dusty Burell and this exceptional staff at SC Oncology and Associates and all the many friends that have come forward to extend prayers, thoughts and well wishes.
The Alter family would appreciate if you took the time today to tell your loved ones that you love them. Life is too short.
Funeral Service were held Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 4:00 p. m. in Cassatt Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Robert Brown and Dr. Charles Everett officiated the service. The family received friends Tuesday, November 4, 2008 from 6:00—8:00 p. m. at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society America, The S.C. Chapter, 1247 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo, SC 29063