Darlene Marie Beavers passed from this life on August 12, 2010 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Darlene was born May 17, 1928 to Cecil and Bessie Marie (McDivitt) Breeden. Darlene was one of nine living children. She was raised and lived most of her life in Urbandale, Iowa.
Darlene married Rex Beavers Sr. of Leon, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Rex Dean Beavers Jr. (Mimi) of Rimrock, AZ, Kathie Marie Dalrymple of Grimes of Iowa, Cynthia Sue Dugan (Eddie) of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Jodene Lynn Kelley (Todd) of Oakland, Maryland. They later divorced but both remained in the Urbandale area.
Darlene attended Urbandale high school. Darlene was a hard worker. She worked at many jobs outside of being a homemaker. She worked for Brooks Bindery, Parker Brothers Games and at Colonial Bakery, retiring from there after 30 plus years of service. She then moved to Phoenix, Arizona to be close to her son and family. Darlene returned to Urbandale to live in 2006 with her daughter, Kathie.
Darlene enjoyed many things: she loved traveling, football, bowling, horse racing, gardening, playing cards with the family, spending quality time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Darlene is survived by her sister, Edna (Harold) Jacobs of Urbandale, Iowa; longtime friend and companion, Robert King of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Rex Beavers III of Rimrock, Arizona, Christian Beavers of Phoenix, Arizona, Brenda McGriff (Todd) of Peoria, Arizona, Stuart Dalrymple (Sue Ann) and Tiffany Dalrymple of Ankeny, Iowa, Richard Shelley, (Emily) of Indianola, Iowa, Jeremy Shelley (Audrey) and Matthew Shelley of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Michael Shaffer, Jr. and Joseph Shaffer of Oakland, Maryland, Chris Dugan (Jessica) of Afton, Iowa and Darryn Dugan (Dodie) of Knoxville, Iowa.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters.
Darlene will be missed by her family, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services were held August 16, 2010 at the McDivitt Grove Cemetery in Urbandale with Pastor Wayne Mullen officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Rex Beavers, III, Christian Beavers, Brenda McGriff, Stuart Dalrymple, Tiffany Dalrymple, Richard Shelley, Jeremy Shelley, Matthew Shelley, Michael Shaffer, Jr., and Joseph Shaffer.
A celebration of Darlene’s life was held at the American Legion, 68th and Douglas in Urbandale.
Memorials are to the family to be decided at a later date. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.