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Darlene Taylor, daughter of Lyle and Bessie (House) Nelson, was born January 19, 1929 near Clearfield, Iowa. Darlene graduated from Clearfield high school in 1946. She taught in country schools until her marriage to Raymond D. Taylor on December 28, 1948. Darlene worked at Taylor Fiberglass in Diagonal before her career in nursing. She enrolled in the nursing program at Southwestern Community College in Creston as the oldest student. Darlene worked at Clearview Home in Clearfield for several years. Darlene was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Christian church, both in Clearfield. Darlene enjoyed gardening and never had a cross word for anyone. Darlene loved her family, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Darlene passed away on February 27, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Larry, and sister, Thelma Brown.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Martin (Linda) Taylor of Wheatland, Missouri and Yvonne (Mohammad) Elahi of Cedar Falls, Iowa; grandchildren, Zakary (Cyndi) Taylor, Gatlin Taylor, Mariam (Mohsen) Darvishi, Sarah Elahi, Ali (Elmira) Elahi, Safiah Elahi (Mahdi Javanbakht) and Hassan (Alisha) Elahi; great-grandchildren, Zoey and Gunnar Taylor, Ehssan Elahi and Ali Hossein; brothers, Dean (Mildred) Nelson of Lenox, Iowa and Paul (Joann) Nelson of Clearfield, Iowa; nieces; nephews; relatives, and friends. 

A memorial fund has been established to the Clearfield Christian Church. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield was in charge of the arrangements.

Services were held at the Clearfield Christian Church in Clearfield on Saturday, March 2, 2013, with Rev. Al Rusk officiating. Musical selections included ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘In The Garden.’

Casket bearers were Zakary Taylor, Gatlin Taylor, Hassan Elahi, Mahdi Javanbakht, Allen Brown and Clint Brown.

Burial was in the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield. 

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