Darlene Joyce Karr, age 93 of Otley, passed away on Friday, July 9, 2021 at the Comfort House in Pella. No services are planned for Darlene. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
The daughter of Berlin Victor and Ann Elizabeth (Smith) Ballard, Darlene was born on October 13, 1927 in Prairie CIty, Iowa. She graduated from Monroe High School. On May 25, 1946, she was united in marriage to Bill E. Karr at the Methodist Church in Monroe.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Bill; daughters, Sharon Joyce (John) Hjortshoj, Susan Jean (Tracy) Swift and Jennie Rae Baker; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and a sister, Donna Ballard. Preceding Darlene in death were her parents, an infant brother, four sisters and an infant grandson.
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I met Darlene when I was a new teacher at Monroe School in the fall of 1974. As I did home visits with students, one of the questions was about the cake decorating unit. Uh oh, that was not in the college class or 4-H background I had. So, I signed up with Darlene for class. I enjoyed her expertise and her common sense application of living skills. Both were a help to me as a beginner in the classroom. Darlene was so talented. Many students have taken the basics that I learned from her. I went on to teach at Knoxville, so count up 35 years with cake decorating as a part of foods class. Kay Jensen