- Darlene (93) was born in Red Oak, IA on October 25, 1926.
She was the third of six daughters born to parents Raymond
and Elsie (Babb) Stoneking. Darlene grew up on a farm with
her five sisters and four older brothers. She often spoke of
riding the cows and dancing the jitterbug with her sisters.
She had many jobs throughout her life; High School Teacher,
Secretary for the Department of Defense during WWII,
waitressing, and later became a CNA working as a Home Health
Care Provider for over 20 years. Her most memorable
accomplishment was raising and caring for her family.
met the man she would marry and spend over 55 years with on
a train from San Diego to Iowa. Darlene and Joe (Joseph/Bud)
lived in California, Minnesota and eventually moved to
Lyons, OR where they resided for over 50 years. Darlene was
involved with the community programs for many years. She was
a Teachers Assistant, Cub Scout Leader, and a Little League
Mom. She had many artistic talents including sewing, oil
painting, crafting Old World Santa’s and selling them at
Christmas Bazaars. In the last two years she discovered the
love of crocheting stocking caps, donating them to the
needy, homeless and everyone she came in contact with. At
last count she had made nearly 1,800 hats.
and Joe were married for 55 years before his passing in
2003. Darlene moved to Salem for a short period of time,
then to La Fayette. In 2017 she moved back to Salem and her
final residence was at Cedar Village Assisted Living. She
looked forward to playing Bingo earning “Cedar Bucks”
that she could spend at the “Cedar Auctions” each month.
is survived by her son Donald (Teresa) McDougall of Stayton,
daughter Sandy (Bruce) Teeters of Salem, 10 grandchildren,
14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is
preceded in death by her husband Joe, son John McDougall,
daughter Pat Lewis-Hubbard, grandson Troy McDougall,
granddaughter Tina Thomas, her parents, four brothers and
will be laid to rest with Joe at the Willamette National
Cemetery. At her request there will be no services, just a
family gathering once the pandemic is over.
family would like to thank the staff at Cedar Village
Assisted Living for the loving care of their Mother. We are
sure she has left a legacy there with her hats and the love
you later Mom.”