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.
Friday 16th, 2019 @ 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
119 E. Franklin Street, Liberty Mo 64068 - 816-781-2000
Saturday 17th, 2019 @ 2:00 - 3:00 pm
300 East Kansas Street, Liberty MO 64068 - 816-781-2824
You can reach members of the Reed family at 816-786-3684
Your support and contributions will enable us to build the largest rose garden in our area as a tribute to Darlene Reed.
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