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Darlene Irving, daughter of Truman & Lola (Greenrod) Dulany, was born April 30, 1928 at Mount Ayr, Iowa. Darlene grew up and lived her life in and around Mount Ayr. She was active in school and enjoyed being a cheerleader.
On December 27, 1945, Darlene was united in marriage to David J. Irving in Troy, Kansas. They made their home at Mount Ayr where Darlene loved being a stay at home mother raising the four children born to her and Dave: Pat, Tim, Vicki, and Jean.
In 1966, Darlene opened the Women’s Department of Irving Clothing. She loved being a clothier and helping outfit the ladies of the community. Darlene & Dave retired from the clothing business in 1990. Darlene was a member of the Business and Professional Women and was chosen to be in the Who’s Who of American Women in 1984. Darlene was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, Grey Ladies Auxiliary at the Ringgold County Hospital; bowling league; and the Choral Club which would later become the Ringgold Singers. Her faith was important to her and she was a member of the United Methodist Church throughout her adult life. Darlene most loved and enjoyed being with her family. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren brought her much joy and happiness. She loved having them together so that she could cook for them as they all visited and spent time together.
Darlene was able to maintain her own home until she became a resident of Clearview Home on April 14, 2020. Darlene passed away at Clearview Home on April 27, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dave on January 8, 2014; daughter-in-law Nancy Irving; and her siblings Junior Dulany, Lyle Dulany, Dorothy Stull, and Jerry Dulany.
Survivors include her children Pat (Ame) Irving of Davenport, IA, Tim Irving of Mount Ayr, IA, Vicki Westerly of Indianola, IA, and Jean (Dick) Sulentic of Truro, IA; 11 grandchildren Jeremy (Celeste) Irving, Colby (Jeanetta) Irving, Marissa (Danny) Antle, Dirk (Tiffany) Westerly, Blair (Kara) Westerly, Breck (Megan) Westerly, Dane (Kailyn) Sulentic, Kellen (Caitlin) Sulentic, Madeline Sulentic, Olivia Sulentic, Ashley (Tim) Harles; 17 great grandchildren Rileigh Antle, Brycen Antle, Ella Irving, Millie Irving, Ada Westerly, Graham Westerly, Declan Westerly, Landry Westerly, Callie Westerly, Wyatt Westerly, Arianna Harles, Jordyn Harles, Makennah Harles, Brody Harles, Landon Sulentic, Emilia Sulentic, and Addison Sulentic; Edna Jones of Mount Ayr; numerous nieces, nephews, other relative and friends.
Memorials are to Alzheimer's Association and the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church.
Another Mt. Ayr Icon has passed on and has joined Dave. They were quite a team and had a great family. At one time, they were my landlords when we lived in an apartment above the store when my "then husband" worked in the clothing store. Enjoyed the discounts we were given but my favorite memory of them was the Saturday night suppers at Ruth's Cafe after the store closed. So much fun! I have been gone from down there for almost 40 years but every time we saw them, we had a nice chat. Thinking of all of you kids and the rest of the family. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you strength to carry on as she would have wanted.
Donna Jones Apr 30 2020 12:00 AM
Pat, Tim, Vicki, Jean and all extended family members: So sorry for your loss. Darlene was one of a kind. She always had a smile for me and I enjoyed visiting with her over the years!
Vickie Butler Pierce, Las Vegas, NV (formerly Benton, Iowa)
Vickie Butler Pierce Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM
We are sorry to learn of Darlene's death. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." John 5:28, 29
Jim & Donna Adams Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM