Darlene Ernestine Russell, 72 of Holton formerly of Oakley, passed away Tuesday June 19, 2018 at a Topeka hospital. She was born April 5, 1946 in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. The daughter of Louie and Ernie Tesmer, she graduated High school in Sharon Springs, Kansas in 1965.
She married Gerald ''Rusty'' Russell on November 21, 1966, they later divorced.
Darlene was a homemaker and loving mother. She mostly worked waitressing and café work and later retired from Holton Manor as a Dietary Aide.
Darlene enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She made the best goulash in the world. She had a lovely singing voice. She loved country music and her kitty cat Romeo.
She leaves to mourn her daughter Dorothy and husband Rodney Carr; son Gary Russell and Carol; grandchildren Michael, Cash, Zack, Molly and Dylan; sisters Lois and Ron Neff, Della and Fred Kreutzer, Joyce Sheetz and Kay and Steve Meade; many nieces and nephews and friends; and Best Friend Nita Workman.
She was preceded in death by her parents Louie and Ernie Tesmer; brothers Virgil and Norman Tesmer; ex-husband Rusty; and daughters-in-law Nicci and Amy Russell.
Darlene chose cremation. There will be a Celebration of Life ceremony at a later date.
Memorial contributions are designated to the Jackson County Humane Society 414 E 8th St, Holton, KS 66436.
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