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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While saddened to hear of Aunt Darlene's passing we are comforted by the MANY fond memories that remain. The many times we all got together at Grandpa & Grandma Ballard's with the extended family are at the top of the list. Along with Uncle Bill, she was a servant leader for family, friends, and everyone who crossed their paths. Her work with the family genealogy and "life memory book" are a legacy to continually be cherished. Love and prayers to the immediate family and all who were impacted by her in various ways. The Clement Family