Darla Malone of Lebanon, Ill., passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, after a four year battle with cancer.
Darla was being visited and comforted by family members at her bedside in her home in Lebanon, Ill., at the time of passing. Darla was 46 years old.
Darla was born Nov. 25, 1969, in Pittsburg, California. She was the third child of Patricia and Conrad Degen.
Darla lived in California until she was seven years old when her family relocated to Bridgeport, Nebraska and later Alliance, Nebraska. Some of her fondest memories were of walking the corn fields and swimming in the irrigation canals with her friends. Although born in California, Darla always considered herself to be a true native of Nebraska. Go Huskers!
At the age of 20, Darla swore an oath to defend our nation and in doing so became an airman in the United States Air Force. During her military career Darla was stationed in Germany, Oklahoma and finally Scott AFB, Ill. The majority of her career was spent as a medical administration specialist. Darla proudly served her nation for 10 years and considered her service as one of her greatest accomplishments.
After the Air Force, Darla settled her family in Lebanon, Ill., and worked as a real estate broker in Belleville, Ill. Although she valued her professional career she chose to devote the majority of her time caring for her four children and developing her artistic abilities.
Darla was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Degen; father, Conrad Degen; and brother, Tom Carter.
Darla is survived by her husband, Martin Malone; her sons, Matthew Malone, Nicholas Glass, and Alexander Glass; her daughter, Meredith Malone; and her sister, Debra Degen.
Friends may express their condolences online at www.KalmerMemorialServices.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lebanon, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lebanon, Ill., with Rev. Don Wagner officiating. Burial will immediately follow at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, Ill.
KALMER MEMORIAL SERVICES, Lebanon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 8, 2016