Darlene Hatheway, age 79 of Murdo, S.D., died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Darlene R. Woodcock was born February 7, 1932, in Murdo, S.D., the daughter of Clarence and Alma (Dobin, Davis) Woodcock. She grew up and received her education in the Okaton area.
She married Harlen Ned Hatheway in 1949 and to this union five children were born. She and Ned lived in the Okaton-Murdo area all of their lives. They both enjoyed and worked in farming and trucking business. After Ned's death, she continued to farm and was very successful at doing so for 20 plus years. Darlene was a hard working woman and loved her family. The family gatherings blessed her and gave her great joy.
She was active in many groups in her church and community. The American Legion Auxiliary was one she enjoyed. She remained in her home until her illness took her to the hospital where she went home to be with her Lord.
Darlene is survived by her children, Janyce (Terry) Hockenbary of Rapid City, Joe (Marsha) Hatheway of Black Hawk, Linda (Alen) Styger of Hot Springs, Jerry (Teresa) Hatheway of Murdo, and Lisa Randall of Rapid City; 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; a sister, Boots Farris of Pierre; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Ned Hatheway, in 1976, her parents; and one brother, Clarence "Junior" Woodcock.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 4, at the United Methodist Church in Murdo, with Pastor Kathy Chesney and Pastor Gordon Higgins officiating.
Music was provided by Lois Jaide, pianist, Deb Venard, vocalist, and congregational hymns.
Ushers were Butch Fedderson and Jim Hockenbary. Register book attendants were Wanda Olson and Phylliss Peters. Pallbearers were Darlene's grandsons, Sean Aske, Shannon, Michael, Bradley, Justin, Cody, Chris and Andy Hatheway, Marcus and Daniel Randall.
Interment was at the Murdo Cemetery.
A memorial is being established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com