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Shirlee McFarland Darden

Shirlee McFarland Darden was born on November 1, 1922 and died on March 11, 2013; she was a lifelong Colorado Springs resident. She graduated from Colorado Springs High School in 1940, attended business school, worked in the defense industry during WWII, and attended barber school where she met her future husband, Andrew Darden. She married Andrew in 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and they returned to Colorado Springs in 1952. They were married for 48 years until his death in 1996. She worked in the Civilian Personnel Office at Fort Carson and retired in 1978 after 30 years of civil service. Shirlee loved her family, extended family and her friends. She loved to shop; she loved clothes, purses and jewelry. She loved eating out at restaurants and enjoyed her monthly gathering with The Lunch Bunch. She is survived by a son, Sidney Darden of Penrose, Colorado, along with many family members, extended family members and friends. She was the third grandmother to some very special people in her life. She was the last surviving sibling of Betty McFarland, Winston "Bud" McFarland, Marcelle McFarland Dean, Alfred McFarland and Doris Jean McFarland Webb. A Celebration of Shirlee's life will be held at the Antlers Hilton, 4 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 11:00am until 1:00pm. The Reverend Henry L. Doyle will be officiating. Please come casually dressed and no somber clothes, Reverend Doyle is the only person allowed to dress in black. A reception will follow immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the favorite in Shirlee's name.

Published in The Gazette on June 16, 2013
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