Darlene Small

Darlene C. Small, 90, of Maquoketa passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Darlene’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Darlene Caroline Busch was born Feb. 11, 1928, near Nashville, Iowa, to John C.A. and Caroline (Kokemuller) Busch. She grew up in Jackson County and married Donald “Don” Daniel Small on Jan. 1, 1947, in Wyoming, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, James, Sandra, and Gregory.

Darlene had worked at Spalding’s Footwear in Maquoketa, and retired from there following a 30-year career. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.

Darlene enjoyed gardening, traveling and fishing with her husband. She and Don would take yearly fishing trips to Minnesota, and each week in the summer they would go fishing on the Mississippi River. Darlene also enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing chicken foot dominoes with family and friends, and reminiscing about happy times while looking through her many photo albums.

Those left to honor Darlene’s memory include her children, Sandra (Norman) Kennedy of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Gregory (Kimberli) Small of Maquoketa, Iowa; brother Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on April 13, 2002, a son James on June 5, 1998, brothers the Rev. Emmett and Virtes, and sisters Irene Wyatt and Leona Westphal.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darlene C. Small memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.