Darlene June Marie Morris, 91, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, formerly of Lamont, Iowa, passed away on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point. She was born on May 14, 1926, in rural Arlington, the daughter of Fred S. and Leta (Fink) Dexter. She graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1943.
On Feb. 16, 1946, Darlene was united in marriage to Arthur "Art" Morris at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point. Three children were born to this union. Together the couple farmed the Morris Family Farm south of Lamont for 60-plus years. Art passed away on July 3, 2007. Darlene remained on the farm until 2014, when she moved to the Gernand Center in Strawberry Point.
A typical farm wife, Darlene cared for her family and worked alongside her husband. She was a Farm Bureau member, a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lamont, a Thrivent leader, and an active fundraiser for others in need. Darlene and Art were charter members of the Merry Mixers Square Dance Club in Independence. She also loved to travel with Art and her family, seeing 49 of the 50 states. They enjoyed spending many winters in Texas.
Darlene is survived by her children, Marietha Ann (Carl) Poole of Lamont and Marlin Scott (Naomi) Morris of Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren, James Poole, Scott Morris, Erik Morris and Rachel Morris; four great-grandchildren; a stepsister-in-law, Lillian Dickens of Oxford; and close family friend, Susan Crouch of Cedar Rapids.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Art; a son, Marty, in 1970; a stepbrother, Frank Dickens; and her brother- and sister-in-law, William and Donna Crow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mission in Christ Lutheran Church, Strawberry Point Lutheran Home, or the Buchanan County AED Project.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Mission in Christ Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point, with Pastor Gary Burkhalter officiating.
Visitation: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Mission in Christ Lutheran Church in Strawberry Point.
Inurnment: Cass Township Cemetery, Strawberry Point.