Darlene Sue Dace of Anthonies Mill, Missouri, was born on December 22, 1934 in Stanton, Missouri to James Earl and Eva Dorothy (Gallinger) Woodcock and passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the age of 83 years.
She grew up and attended first thought eighth grade in Stanton, Missouri and graduated from Sullivan High School in 1952. She was valedictorian of her eighth grade class. During her high school years, she was a catcher on the softball team and also played volleyball.
Darlene married Tracy Donald (Don) Dace Sr. of Anthonies Mill on September 28, 1952 in Yuma, Arizona.
In 1954 they returned to the Sullivan, Missouri area to live until 1959. They lived at Anthonies Mill until 1972, where they again moved north of Bourbon and lived for 42 years. In 2014, they moved back to Brazil Creek at Anthonies Mill.
Darlene was a homemaker until her fourth child was born. She worked as a secretary and librarian in the Bourbon School District, a secretary at Woodland Lakes and also worked at the Livestock Barns of St. James and Cuba.
Darlene was an avid gardener and loved her flowers. She was a Cub Scout Leader, worked as a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, Bible school teacher and worked in the bus ministry. Darlene loved poetry and was known to recite a poem or two from her school years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Dorothy Woodcock; in-laws, Tracy and Deveda Dace; one grandson, Karl Swyers; three brothers, Frank Woodcock, Sr., Kenneth Woodcock and Arnold Woodcock Sr.; one niece, Karen (Woodcock) Bolvingloh; sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Charles Ferry; and sisters-in-law, Pat Woodcock and Jane (Dace) Schatz.
She is survived by her husband Don of 66 years; one daughter, Deborah (Paul) Shasserre of Cuba, Missouri; three sons, Tracy D. Dace Jr. of Anthonies Mill, Missouri, Douglas (Kirsten) Dace of Sullivan, Missouri and Daron (Marla) Dace of Anthonies Mill, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Wesley Swyers of Cuba, Missouri, Tracy D. Dace III of Bourbon, Missouri, Jeremy (Sandra) Dace of Sullivan, Missouri, Sarah Dace of Sullivan, Missouri, D.J. (Taylor) Dace of New Madrid, Missouri, Nathan Dace of Columbia, Missouri, and Joshua Dace of Columbia, Missouri; five great grandchildren, Davin Swyers of Cuba, Missouri, Stormy Swyers of Steelville, Missouri, Mya Swyers of Steelville, Missouri, Zoe Swyers of Steelville, Missouri, and Tracy D. Dace IV of Bourbon, Missouri; one brother, David Woodcock of St. Louis, Missouri; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Verna (Dace) and Eddie Gene Schmidt of Sullivan, Missouri; special friends, Martha and Larry Greenwalt; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. onTuesday, November 20, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Bourbon, Missouri with Mike King and Ray L. Schatz officiating.
Interment followed in the Anthonies Mill Cemetery in Bourbon, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan and Bourbon, Missouri.