In loving memory of

Darleen V. Simmons
June 15, 1927 - March 11, 2019

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

A celebration of Darleen's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, March 16, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, March 15, 2019 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 August 14, 1946 she married Kenneth W. Simmons in Maquoketa, Iowa. 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 the 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, IA, Jeanne Simmons of Oxford Junction, IA, Kent (Connie) Simmons of Maquoketa, IA; daughter-in-law, Mary (Ed) Noel of Wheatland, IA; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Earl "Dude" (Joan) Galloway of Lost Nation, IA, Jerry (Barb) Wirth of Lost Nation, IA, 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.

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chuck farnum wrote on Mar 23, 2019:

"Hi Darleen, glad you have gone to see Kenny! We had such fun at the Town and Country and at Church.....Love you.....Chuck "

Jo Lene (Rock) Jannsen wrote on Mar 22, 2019:

"To Darleen's family, My Mom, Dorothy Rock, was a cousin of her husband, Kenny. My Mom passed away in April 1994 but was in the hospital in Maquoketa for weeks & I spent every day with her. Darleen came several different days to visit but Mom being in a coma much of the time she visited me & kept me company!! She also took me out to lunch a few days!! I live in WI but anytime we came back to Iowa & had time we stopped at FlapJack restaurant to say "hi" to Darleen. She was a sweetheart & I tried to keep in touch with her the years after my Mom passed!! I loved hearing from her! My warmest & most heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family!! God Bless you!! Sending a hug I missed giving her the last few years!!"

Darrel and Sharon Rettig wrote on Mar 14, 2019:

"It was our pleasure to know Darlene for many years while living in Maquoketa. She always shared a smile. Darrel and Sharon Rettig"

Martha Riniker wrote on Mar 13, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss "

Andy and Cheryl Clark wrote on Mar 13, 2019:

"She was such a special lady. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our thought and prayers go out to her family."

Cathy Bailey Pharr TX wrote on Mar 13, 2019:

"To Darleen's family - So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Darleen at the Methodist Church dinners. She made the best gravy! I didn't realize she was a Galloway! Our families were friends back in the Elwood days. My thoughts and prayers are with you all."

Sue Van Buer wrote on Mar 13, 2019:

"A very kind, sweet lady. So sorry for your loss."

Terre Herkelman wrote on Mar 13, 2019:

"Good Dee was one of the good people always! So Sorry Terre & Judy Herkelman"

Kim Laingen wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"A very special person. So sorry for your loss."

LaNora Shaffer-McNeeley wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"Such a sweet lady and raised a good family! Always had a smile on her face. RIP Darleen!"

Jody Clasen wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"Darlene will be missed. Special lady?"

Janet House Burnett wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"Sorry for your loss, she was a great lady, I used to babysit for the family when they lived in Elwood. "

Rhonda wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss Jeannie "

Karen Bailey Hagenow wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"Jeanne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Love, Karen"

Jennifer Vance Moritz wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"Oh miss Darlene.... I hope it comforts your family that you are up where you belong. Darlene would talk about meals while dining; claiming she made it all. But she'd never give me her recipes..... She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many.... "

Sheila Bentley wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"Darleen was such a good person. We had many fun times at the church we both went to.may she rest in peace. So sorry for your loss. Sheila Bentley"

John & Twyla Hinz wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"May she rest in peace. What a great person she was."

Al and Gayla Earles wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"We are thinking of you - Darlene always had a smile on her face and was one of Maquoketa?s finest servers! "