Mass of Christian Burial: Will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Greenfield with a luncheon immediately following at the church. Father Mike McLaughlin will officiate the service.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Friday, January 27th, at the St. John’s Catholic Church from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Darlys Crees education scholarship fund, in care of Union State Bank, PO Box 178, Greenfield, Iowa 50849. This scholarship will aid others whose dream is to touch lives like she did.
Darlys Marie Crees was born April 8, 1955, the daughter of Wendell and Edna Richardson. She passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm early Thursday morning and did not recover.
Darlys was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, mentor, teacher and friend. After graduating from Laurens-Marathon High School, she proceeded to obtain her teaching degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. Shortly after moving to Greenfield to teach in 1977, she met Stan. Darlys and Stan were married for over 38 years and have two wonderful children and five amazing grandchildren. They lived and worked in Greenfield making many wonderful friends. In 2014, they moved to Lansing, IA.
Darlys loved children. She retired from teaching after 30 years and still went back to sub often. She also spent many hours doing activities with her grandchildren. She was very giving of her love, time and talents, always putting others first - and was very patient. Darlys was very crafty. There was nothing she couldn't do. She loved baking and cooking for others. She always had many projects going - making doll clothes, crocheting blankets, or hemming numerous pairs of pants for growing grandchildren. She loved traveling and took many camping trips.
Darlys was preceded in death by her father.
Darlys is survived by her mother Edna Richardson; husband Stan; two children, Charlie (Katie) Crees and Liz Crees (Jeremy Chirch); Her grandchildren: Rykin, Ethan, Kylar, Xander, and Mackenzie; her 7 sisters; and many other family and friends.
As we begin mourning the loss of a life we held so closely, she is still giving to others. Darlys donated her kidneys, liver and lungs to save waiting recipients, as well as other gifts to aid in research to help many more.
Darlys will be genuinely missed by ALL.