Darlene Frances Yates

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Darlene Frances Yates, age 76, passed surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022.  She was born on June 27th, 1946 in Frostburg, Maryland to James Kenneth McKenzie and Marilyn ‘Mamie’ Evans McKenzie.  She graduated from Beall High School and later attended college.  Darlene married Kenneth Allen Dye and they shared four children together: Dawn Yvette, Kenneth Allen, Shane Barry, and James Gordon. They later divorced and Darlene raised her family primarily in North Carolina and Kansas.  In 1980, she settled in Lawrence, Kansas where she resided until the time of her passing.  Darlene worked for many years at TRW but retired in 2017 after 15+ years with Lawrence Memorial Hospital.     

Darlene enjoyed spending time with her family; her home was always open to visits from family and friends.  She loved cooking for the family on holidays and Sunday dinners, gardening, traveling to the beach, exploring the outdoors-especially creeks and waterfalls, fishing, baking, canning, listening to music, working on puzzles, playing cards, attending grandchildren’s ball games, and visiting local greenhouses and fruit farms. 

Darlene was also an excellent seamstress in her early years and made many of her own dresses as well as those for her daughter’s special events.  In her later years, she spent much time canning tomatoes, peaches, applesauce, green beans, beets, etc to share with her family through the winter.  Her family looked forward to her chocolate and peanut butter fudge and cherries in the snow prepared only around Christmas each year.  Darlene took pleasure in watching the wildlife in her yard, especially the hummingbirds and deer, and feeding all of the critters that showed up on her back porch. 

Her grandchildren and great-children say their favorite things to do with her were talking, working on puzzles, traveling and sharing hotel rooms, laughing, playing cards or board games, playing in the ocean, picking berries, buying tomatoes, and visiting the cat at Voigts greenhouse, candy store visits, watching movies, making funnel cakes or homemade orange julius, looking for neat rocks, going to Amish town, weenie roasts over the bonfire, learning to can tomatoes and make jams, seeing her in the stands at ballgames with Grandpa Larry, and eating Sunday dinners.   

Darlene was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mamie and James, a partner, Larry Harrell, a brother, Mark McKenzie, and two sons, Kenneth Allen Dye and Shane Barry Dye. She is survived by a daughter, Yvette Bowlin-Prager (Gary), and a son, Gordon Dye (Tonya).  Other family members, a sister, Maureen Pugh (Norman), Rob Harrell (Alma), multiple nieces & nephews, 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.   

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Jeanne Romero on July 10, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Darlene. I remember her sense of humor and her intense caring for those close to her. My sincere condolences to her family.

  2. Steve Tate on July 10, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Enjoyed working with Darlene during the TRW years. My condolences to the family.

  3. Gary and Norma Jeane Miller on July 9, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Gary and I are very sorry to hear of Darlenes passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. The last time we visited, we set outside and enjoyed visiting. It was so quiet and we could hear the sounds of nature around us.

  4. Donna Clark Leonard on July 7, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    I’m so very sad to learn of Darlene’s passing. She was such a sweet and loving woman. My heart goes out to Gordon, Yvette and all the grandchildren ❤

  5. Devin Hardy on July 7, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Much love to the entire family! Grandma Darlene was a very special woman who always made me, nearly a stranger, feel loved. If she made me feel this way during the few times we were around each other, I can only imagine how much love she gave her family! With all of my heart, Devin Hardy and Family.

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