Published: Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Darlene J. (Barber) Peterson was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Alvin and Ethel (Thompson) Barber.
On Sept. 23, 1951, Darlene was married to Donald Hugo Peterson in Wessington Springs, S.D. The couple had six children together.
She attended Barber country school and rode her horse Patsy each day to school. She graduated from Wessington Springs High School.
She was the secretary at Wessington Springs High School for a short time and worked at Ben Franklin before marrying Donald and starting their family.
After the kids were older she cooked at the Pleasant View Country School, the Round Up Drive Inn and worked at the fitness center. Every fall she would help out at on the farm driving silage truck.
One of her yearly highlights was the South Dakota State Fair and spending the week with family and the many friends she made there and judging 4-H projects.
Darlene was very involved with her church, Merry Mixers and Sing and Sew Extension Clubs, circle, fellowship and 4-H. She also was very involved in SACC and helping prepare for the Wessington Springs Craft Fair. Darlene's children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren were a big part of her life and brought much joy and happiness to her.
In 2006, after living on the farm all her life, she moved into the Weskota Apartments. While there, she enjoyed going to the dining room and visiting with friends, along with putting puzzles together. The halls of the apartments are filled with puzzles that her and her friends have put together. She enjoyed flowers and gardening throughout her lifetime.
Darlene died Nov. 13 at Avera Weskota Memorial Medical Center in Wessington Springs. She was 83.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Donald Peterson; her parents; brother, Glenn Barber; niece, Lori Brockman; and two brothers-in-law.
She is survived by her son, Larry (Fran) Peterson of Wessington Springs; daughters, Donna (Wayne) Thompson of Pukwana, S.D., Dawn (Hugo) Stender of Custer, S.D., Linda (Kelly) Uphoff of Custer, S.D., LaVonne (Mark) Cashman of Wessington Springs and Lynelle (Ed) Schroeder of Wessington Springs; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a brother, Neal (Verla) Barber of Wessington Springs; many nieces and nephews; a lifelong friend, Cheryl Kleppin; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Bob (Gloria) Brockman, Wally (Joy) Baker and Darlene Wilson; and the many special friends at Weskota Apartments.
Funeral services were Nov. 16 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs with the Rev. Sara Olson Dean officiating. Burial followed Prospect Hill Cemetery.
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