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Darlene Bear

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The funeral will be livestreamed. The link will appear Friday below service information.

Darlene Mae Bear, daughter of Floyd Orland & Nova Edna (Baker) Giles, was born August 20, 1938 in Union County, Iowa. Darlene graduated from Tingley High School in 1956.
On August 10, 1956, Darlene was united in marriage to Donald Gene Bear in the Lamoni United Methodist Church. Three children were born into this marriage: Jacqueline (Jacque) Sue, Daniel (Dan) Dean, and  Jodi Lynn. Darlene stayed home and raised the children while Don served in the U.S. Air Force. They lived in various cities around the United States and also in Japan. After Don retired, they moved back to Ringgold County, Iowa. Darlene worked at LaVel's Dress Shop in Mount Ayr, VanGelder's Clothing in Creston, helped assemble fruit baskets at Hy-Vee and sold Home Interiors decor.

Darlene was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She loved collecting dolls, bears and anything she could decorate with. Other hobbies she enjoyed were attending the local doll club events/meetings, collecting jewelry, embroidery, reading, word search books, watching basketball, getting her hair and nails done, people watching, drinking coffee and eating out (cheeseburger and extra crispy fries).

Darlene became a resident at Maple Ridge Assisted Living on June 30, 2014 and a resident at Mount Ayr Health Care Center on January 25, 2016. She enjoyed being a part of and attending the activities/events at Maple Ridge Assisted Living and Mount Ayr Health Care Center

Darlene passed away peacefully on January 22, 2021 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Don; granddaughter Kimberly Bear; and brother LeRoy Giles.

Those left to cherish and share her memories include her sister Doris Jean Dufty of Colorado; 3 children: Jacque and husband Art Davis of Nebraska, Dan Bear of California, and Jodi Angus of Iowa; 10 grandchildren and spouses: Andy and wife Tonya Davis, Matt and wife Jessica Davis, Ben and wife Angela Davis, Amber and husband Rob Mitchell, Katie Bear, Kristy Bear, Kassidy Bear, Lucas and wife Amanda Angus, Jennifer and wife Amie Angus and Austin Angus; 8 (& counting) great-grandchildren: Logan Mitchell, Lewis Angus, Brooklyn Angus, Esme Angus, Cooper Davis, Jerod Angus, Kiara Angus and Gerron Angus; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Darlene was a one of a kind woman. She will forever be cherished, loved and remembered. 

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.

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Such fun and fond memories of all the family reunions. Aunt Darlene's laugh could be heard above all else. I was always mesmerized by her hair and beautiful fingernails and the fact that she was little like us kids.
My heart hurts for you all. Losing a parent is so hard and it is even harder right now. Thinking of you and love you all very much. Wish I could be there.

Carolyn Peters Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

Cousin Anne Coffman wrote to Jodi & the Family, I am So Very Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother Darlene. She was always such a joy to be around, and I loved her laugh and bright spirit. With Heartfelt Sympathy, Cousin Anne

Anne Coffman Jan 28 2021 12:00 AM

Cousin Jani from Bedford shared, Oh Jodi I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, please accept my deepest condolences. I have such good memories of Darlene, what a vivacious, fun person, I know you all will miss her. Have to keep in mind all the good mories of her which will become sweeter with time. Again, I am so sorry.

Jani @ Bedford Jan 28 2021 12:00 AM

From Candi, Laura & Cousin Mike Zarr sent, In Memory of Darlene Bear; In your honor, a tree is being planted in one of Americas forests. We are thinking of you! We Love You! Always know we care, Mike, Candi, Laura

Candi & Mike Zarr Jan 28 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that the Lord is standing close to you, holding you in His arms and continuing to support you in your grief and beyond. I always enjoyed seeing her at Greggo's when we ate out. Then when Gma Jean entered Health Care, I got to see her almost every day. She always had a smile and a "hello".

Fay A Howie Jan 25 2021 12:00 AM

Dear family, Know we are thinking of you in the loss of Darlene. Such a fun cousin / friend. Our sympathy and prayers to all of you. She will be missed. Cousin Donna and family.

Donna Sloan-Christensen Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

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