Dr. Darlene M. Larsen
Dr. Darlene Marie Christensen Larsen was born October 31, 1925 in Webster City, IA. She grew up in Blairsburg, IA. Darlene continued her education at Iowa State University with a Bachelors degree in Zoology (1945) and a Masters in Counselor Education (1968). At 57, she received her Doctorate in Education Administration at Southern Illinois University. She met her husband of 68 years, Melvin B. Larsen, at ISU. Darlene taught in Hampton NE, Ames IA, and Springfield IL, as well as serving as the Guidance Counselor for Ursuline Academy in Springfield, IL. She contributed to her community through service to many organizations including PEO, AAUW, Iowa Senior Legislature, Ursuline Board of Education and ISU Alumni Board of Directors.
She is survived by Melvin and her six children: Judith, Ron, Jacquelyn, Jennifer, Jenean and Rick, their spouses, 20 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Julie Ann. Darlene will be remembered for her quiet strength, extraordinary intelligence, and passion for teaching. Hers was a beautiful example of a life lived with purpose and compassion. She died peacefully on March 20th while being serenaded by her loving husband and her children.
A gathering of friends and family will be 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, March 28, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way Ames. Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church (6th and Kellogg) of Ames at 10:30 am on March 29, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Iowa State Alumni Association or her Iowa State University Genetics and Cell Biology Scholarship at the Iowa State Foundation.
On line condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care
414 Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50010
Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 23, 2014