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A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 11:00 AM, the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona, where the family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
Bernice Maxine Darby, 98 of Haskins, died Friday, December 13, 2019 at Pleasantview Home in Kalona. Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Bernice was born April 30, 1921 in Washington Co., Iowa the daughter of Herman and Leona (Eimen) Venzke. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Stout Jr., June 25, 1939 and later Willard Darby in December, 1950. She was a devout member of the Ainsworth Community Church and a member of the Stop and Go group in Ainsworth. Bernice was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and canning. Her children and grandchildren (who were her pride and joy) especially enjoyed her jams and jellies, beets, pickles, and homemade grape juice.
Survivors include sons, Harold (Sandy) Stout of Richardson, TX, Dale (Nancy) Stout of Cedar Rapids, son-in-law Jon Rentfro of Coralville; sister Darlene Meeker of Grinnell; 8 grandchildren: Jamey, Molly, Jeff, Joe, Katie, Brian, Eric and Diane and 10 great- grandchildren: Theo, Zela, Marina, Milo, Wren, Annie, Bella, Bailey, Ben and Bowen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, her daughter Janice Darby, sister Darlene Meeker, and brother Merle Venzke. The family would like to thank the staff at Pleasantview for their loving and supportive care of our mom and grandmoth-er. Thank you also to Dr. Scott Eberly and Dr. Matt Prihoda for their compassionate care.
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Aunt Bernice was beloved by her sister-in-law, Ailene Stout Williams, my mother. At a Stout reunion in Nevada, Bernice, at 90 years of age, was sitting on the living room floor playing games with the children. She was a very dear person & wonderful mother to Harold & Dale. We remember her with such fond memories. Our prayers go out to the family.
Donna Williams Smith Dec 8 2021 12:00 AM
Bernice had a really interesting mind and a sharp sense of humor. She withstood a lot in her life and I admire her a great deal. She will be missed and remembered always.
Molly Chehak Oct 14 2021 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Bernice Darby
PAT ORT-POORE Oct 14 2021 12:00 AM
Bernice was our neighbor in Haskins and you couldn't have asked for a better one. She was thoughtful, kind and loved being outside working in her yard and garden. We were on the receiving end of her generosity many times. Bernice was a very nice lady!
Jim and Marcia Wilson Sep 14 2021 12:00 AM