June 14th, 1936 ~ July 27th, 2019


Barbara Darlene Adams Reed, of Liberty, MO, passed away Saturday evening, July 27th after spending the day at work in the office of the family farm, Wineflower.


Born in Monett, MO, the oldest of Hubert & Dovie Adams, Darlene was a model daughter, sister, student, wife, registered nurse, mother, den mother, best friend and master gardener.

While in Junior High Band, she and her husband first met. Darlene played flute, Vernon, the oboe. As luck would have it, they sat together. Thus, she came to his attention as a beautiful, bright, and talented student. They fell in love.

She was an outstanding debater and orator, winning many contests, debating all four years in high school, even placing first in a national oratory competition in Waco. 

Graduating in ’54, Darlene went to Springfield’s Drury College School of Nursing to fulfill her dream. The couple married on September 1, 1957.

Moving to Fayetteville, both attended University of Arkansas. She worked part time as a kindergarten nurse for children of the faculty and took architectural history courses while Vernon completed his studies.

Upon graduation, the couple moved to Vandenberg AFB. She became the school nurse for Santa Barbara County, providing health services to students. Towards the end of Vernon’s service, they had the first of three sons. Then, they returned to Missouri, settling in Liberty.

Darlene worked for 8 years in delivery at North Kansas City Hospital. During that time, two more sons arrived. When Liberty’s hospital opened, she transferred working faithfully for over 50 years, and was recognized for her service to the community.

Darlene loved plants and taking care of them. For that reason, Darlene is to be buried at the family farm, near the gardens that she tended. She requested that a walnut tree be planted at her grave. Vernon will eventually be buried next to her, sharing in the shade of that tree.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Vernon, three sons; Roger, his wife Cynthia Dahnke Reed, Alan, and David, his fiancée Aimee Meixiu Wang; her brother, Jim, (Tulsa), his wife, Mary Anne and his daughter Angie Adams; a cousin, Diane Plummer, (Springdale), and extended family members around the country.

Darlene loved roses  and  flowering  gardens.   So,  we  are  building  a  3  acre  rose  garden as  a  tribute to Darlene.    If  you  would  like  to  come  out  and  plant  a  rose  bush,  any  plant  from  your  garden  to  hers  or  make  a  donation  and  we  will  plant  a  beautiful plant  in  her  garden  for  you  with  a  plaque  bearing  your  name.

This will allow you to share her love for roses and will serve as a reminder of her beauty.

Visitation - Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home

Friday 16th,  2019  @   5:30 - 8:30 pm.

119  E.  Franklin  Street,  Liberty  Mo  64068  -  816-781-2000

Funeral - Second Baptist Church

Saturday 17th,  2019  @  2:00  - 3:00  pm

300  East  Kansas  Street,  Liberty  MO  64068  - 816-781-2824

Reed Family

You  can  reach  members of the Reed  family  at  816-786-3684

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Darlene & Vernon Reed

7913 Scott Avenue, Liberty MO 64068

(816) 288-8884