Darleen Simmons

Darleen Simmons


Darleen V. Simmons, 91, of Maquoketa passed away Monday, March 11, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Darleen’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa, Cemetery.

Darleen Galloway was born on June 15, 1927, in Clinton County, Iowa, to Harold and Wava (Hamilton) Galloway. She graduated from Elwood High School, and on Aug. 14, 1946, she married Kenneth W. Simmons in Maquoketa. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1991.

Darleen had first worked at Northwestern Bell in Maquoketa as a telephone operator. Upon her marriage to Kenneth, together they managed Town & Country Lanes, Maquoketa Country Club and the Key Motel. She also worked as a waitress at FlapJack’s Restaurant in Maquoketa from when they opened until her retirement. 

Darleen was a member of First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and the Rachel Circle. She had also been a 50-year member of the Elwood Card Club. She enjoyed her co-workers and customers at FlapJack’s, but her family was her life.

Those left to honor Darleen’s memory include her children, Kristi (David) Hovey of Maquoketa, Iowa, Jeanne Simmons of Oxford Junction, Iowa, Kent (Connie) Simmons of Maquoketa, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Mary (Ed) Noel of Wheatland, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Earl “Dude” (Joan) Galloway of Lost Nation, Iowa, Jerry (Barb) Wirth of Lost Nation, Iowa, Larry (Pat) Galloway, Roger (Linda) Galloway, Barb (Ken) Schroeder, Al (Pam) Galloway, Jim (Bev) Galloway, Marcia (Ronnie) Barten, and Linda Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, sons Craig and Keith; grandsons Doug Simmons, Tom Simmons and Zach Campbell; great-grandson Dreyton Eby; sister and brother-in-law Rhea and Merwyn Hasenmiller; an infant sister; and brothers Donald, Dwain, Geff and Russell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darleen V. Simmons memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.