IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MURIEL DARLENE (SHOEMAKER) ADAMS – DAY
Darlene was the first-born child of Ed and Lena (Aumiller) Shoemaker. She was born on March 15, 1922 in Adell Township, Sheridan County, Kansas near the old Chicago Church in her Great Grandma Wales home. The family later moved a mile and a half east to a farm just west of Lucerne. She lived there until she was eleven years old when her family moved to Lenora.
The first five years of school was at the old Chicago country school. She went on to complete high school and a Normal Training course to teach in Lenora. She graduated as Salutatorian. Then she taught one year before getting married to Donald Eugene Adams. Two children were born to this union. Donald died in April 1945, leaving her a widow with two small children. On May Day in 1947, she married Jesse Allen (Kelly) Day. To this marriage he brought three children, Betty Lee, Donald Jesse, and Violet Janette Day. She brought her two children, Edward Lynn and Donna Jean Adams. To their union two more children were added, Roberta Alene and Robert Allen Day.
She led a busy life, belonging to many clubs and organizations including Rebekah Lodge, and Eastern Star, receiving recognition for 65 plus years of membership. She also belonged to FCE, study clubs, card clubs, Women's Fellowship, and Solomon Valley Community Club. She held many offices in all these activities. She was a 4-H leader for many years and taught adult Sunday School for 33 years. She began China painting in 1977 and served as Treasurer of the State's China Painting Organization. She has painted over 300 baby shoes that have been distributed all over the world, not to mention tea sets for all her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughters. Belt buckles were painted for the male children. She also painted plates, jewelry, jewelry boxes, pictures, and so forth. She lived through the stock market crash, the great depression, World War II, and the dust-bowl days of the "dirty thirties". Her biggest joy was to share painting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Stanley and Leslie Shoemaker; both of her husbands; two sons, Donald Day and Edward Adams; two sons-in-law, Joseph Nech and Alfred Beneke; one daughter-in-law, Corine Day; three grandsons, Shannon Day, Paul Dominic Krizek, and David Joel Peterson; and great-grandson, Shane Day.
Survivors include: five children, Betty (Patrick) Keener; Violet (Kenneth) Krizek; Donna Beneke; Roberta Nech; Robert (Kellie) Day; one daughter-in-law, Mary Adams; one brother, Merrill Dee (Joann) Shoemaker; one sister, Lyla Ilavere (Wesley) Wilson; one sister-in-law, Agnes Lyon; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several other relatives and friends.
In the words of Robert Browning: "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be."
FUNERAL SERVICES – Monday, July 29, 2019 – 10:30 A.M.
PLACE – United Parish of Lenora – Lenora, Kansas
VISITATION – Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM
PLACE – Enfield Funeral Home – Norton, Kansas
INTERMENT – Lenora South Cemetery – Lenora, Kansas
MEMORIALS – Darlene Day Memorial Fund