Heaven gained a special angel on February 4, 2024.
Darlene Mae (Poore) Morgan was born at home in Beaconsfield, Iowa to Orville Poore and Pauline Mae (Stetzler) Poore on December 9, 1928. She was joined in 1930 by Dorine and Doris (the twins) who died in infancy. Don was born in 1931 and Duane a year later. Darlene started school at Stoney Point and finished elementary and high school at Ellston High School.
She met Leo Morgan at a dance in Creston. She was on a date with someone who was talking to his buddies instead of talking to her so when Leo asked her to dance, she accepted. He asked her out for New Year’s Eve and that was the beginning of their romance.
Darlene entered Central Business College in Kansas City, in September 1946, and finished as soon as she could and began looking for a job in March of 1947. She stayed with her maternal Aunt Lola and Uncle Everett Bentch. Leo would pick Darlene up at the bus stop in Lamoni when she came home for the holidays and weekends.
Leo proposed in July, and they married November 9, 1947, at the Beaconsfield United Methodist Church. They moved into Leo’s farmhouse south of Ellston, where they raised five children. Connie Sue, Ronald Leo, Nancy Joyce, Neil Evan and Janelle Marie.
Attending church was very important to her and Leo and they delighted in filling a whole pew on Sunday morning. Darlene’s love of Christ was central to raising her family. Darlene had played the piano in high school for the choir and music groups and played the organ and piano for church, funerals and weddings. She held the District Office of Global Missions for United Methodist Women along with several local offices. She has always been a member of the United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the neighborhood Fellowship Club, Mt Ayr Choral Club and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
When the children were young, Leo would go to Ellston on Saturday night to play cards while Darlene bathed the kids and got them ready for bed. He would bring home ice cream as a treat. Later, they were involved in a card party group that met on Saturday nights and then everyone would see each other the next morning at church.
In the 1960s, Darlene worked at the Ringgold County Hospital as a nurse’s aide in the nursery. Leo felt he was paying more for a farm hand than mom was making so they decided mom would quit her job to be dad’s farm hand along with raising the children, and being a homemaker, gardener, seamstress etc. Later, when Jan started school, she returned to the hospital and worked in the business office for several years. After that she worked during tax season for Arlan Hughes Law Office.
Leo and Darlene moved to Mount Ayr in 1995 into a new house they built on East Columbus Street. Darlene lived there until 2016, when she moved to a home across the street from her daughter in Greenfield. She was involved in 2 pitch clubs, UMW, Sunday School, DAR and a bridge club. She loved gardening, her flowers and walking.
Leo and Darlene traveled all around the United States and Europe together. The only 2 states she did not visit were Florida and Hawaii.
She moved to Clearview Assisted Living in 2020 and into the Clearview Nursing Home in 2021.
She is preceded in death by Leo, Neil, Orville and Pauline, Dorine and Doris, Don (Emily) Poore, Duane (Willa) Poore, Vera (Jack) Hill (sister-in-law and husband) and John Wright (son-in-law).
Surviving are her children: Connie (Gary) Wiechmann, Ronald (Marta Burkgren) Morgan, Nancy Wright (Dave Hard), and Janelle Morgan. Grandchildren: Meridith (Jeff) Sandlin, Tim Burkgren Morgan, Erica (Grant) Boliver, Julie (Justin) Neas, Katie (Matt) Routh, Josh Livingston, Jill (Jonas) Ray, and Jasmine (Jesse) Clarke. Great Grandchildren: Gavin and Ethan Boliver, Ella Waske, Claire, Nash and Libby Routh, Celina Livingston, Charlotte and Madelyn Ray and Hayden, Rylie, Skylar, and Myles Clarke. Stepchildren and stepgrandchildren: Heather Wright, Josie (Forrest) Blythe, Laura Wright and Kathryn Rozanek, Clay (Amber), Brantley and Delaney Neas, Brody Neas and fiancée Kylee Smith, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Thursday, February 8 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with services beginning 11:00 am Friday, February 9 at the Ellston United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Oliver Cemetery, east of Blackmore corner. A memorial fund has been established for the Ellston United Methodist Church.