OBITUARY - INEZ DARLENE GRAHAM
January 25, 1922 - August 8, 2007
Darlene GRAHAM, 85, of Mount Ayr, IA, formerly of Milo, IA, died at the Ringgold County Hospital on August 8, 2007. As per
her wishes, Darlene was cremated. Memorial services are planned for Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Milo United
Methodist Church. Burial will be held at a later date. The Cremation Society of Eastern-Central-Western Iowa is assisting
Survivors include her sister Louvele SAMS of Indianola, IA; nephews, Allan GRAHAM of Milo, IA, Max
MEKUS of Mount Ayr, IA, Richard MEKUS of Olathe, KS, Lawrence LABERTEW of Johnson City, IL, Roger LABERTEW of Moulton,
IA, and Merlin SAMS of Altoona, IA; nieces, Deborah (LABERTEW) MOLZER of Lake Worth, FL, Joyce (Sams) HAWORTH of Wheaton,
IL, Irene (GRAHAM) PLAGMAN of Marathon, IA, and Norma SMITH of Ft Worth, TX; and many great nieces and nephews and
great-great nieces and nephews.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Ruth GRAHAM, Elva HIBBS,
and Dorris MEKUS; and brother Dr. Joseph Allan GRAHAM, Jr.
Inez Darlene GRAHAM was born on January 25, 1922 to Joseph
Allan and Inez Clare (TRUITT) GRAHAM in Alleman, IA. The GRAHAM family of five girls and one boy moved to Milo, IA in
1927. Darlene graduated from Milo High School in 1939 and attended Iowa State University. She was a telephone operator at
the Milo telephone company in 1939, and worked at the Wellman-Riverside Newspaper with her sister Louvele. In 1943
Darlene went to work for the U.S. Air Force Depot at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. On May 11, 1947 she was united in
marriage to Kenneth L. SWARTZENDRUBER. Before retiring in 1978, Darlene was employed for twenty years at Des Moines
Rubber Stamp Co.
She enjoyed photography, bird watching, inspirational letter writing, reading, and she had a special
interest in history. Darlene was always kind and very considerate of others. She was a gentle lady and will be sadly
Memorials can be directed to Milo Public Library or Milo United Methodist Church.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2010
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