DARLENE LOUISE MCIRVIN
October 14, 1932 – February
Writing an ordinary obituary for an extraordinary woman is not an easy task. Darlene McIrvin deserves a spectacular remembrance. She was born during the Great Depression, October 14, 1932. Her mother Daisy and her father Lee Hensley were models of hard work and a loving family as they raised Darlene and her brothers in Newton, Kansas. Darlene was a 1950 graduate of Newton High School, Go Railroaders! She attended college until her father’s untimely death when she returned home and attended a shorter business college course of training preparing her for office work in the years to come.
Darlene met her husband of sixty-four years as a child in Newton. Long time family friends, Darlene and Stanley were married on November 20, 1953. Darlene worked in various companies from Denver to Massachusetts as a secretary. In 1960 she found herself landing in Munich, Germany where Stanley was stationed with the U.S. Army. Shortly thereafter their daughter Cindy was born. Darlene learned to be a mother in a foreign country as she prepared to return to the states. Once back, and living in Denver, Colorado Darlene settled into motherhood as she gave birth to her son David in 1963. Her life was filled with activity with her children and husband. In 1967 the family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Newcomers Club and two young children kept Darlene busy in her new community. It wasn’t long before she was fully involved in family camping, hunting, archery, school mom duties, 4-H, and church activities. Her career as a cytotechnologist began in Cheyenne and followed her to Casper, WY in 1976 when she went to work with Medical Laboratories. Darlene worked there for the rest of her career, retiring in 2000. Stan and Darlene were involved in church working with youth, as deacons, and ministries too numerous to mention. Darlene was also involved in several fraternal organizations. But it was her family that brought her great joy.
Darlene was preceded in death by her father Lee Hensley, her mother Daisy (Miller) Hensley, and brothers Donald and Jack Hensley. She is survived by her husband Stanley McIrvin, daughter Cindy Alsobrook (Gary), David McIrvin (Kim), grandchildren Troy Alsobrook (Erika), Grant Alsobrook (Sheridan), Abigail McIrvin (Krissy), Claire McIrvin, Jack McIrvin, and Kathryn McIrvin. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Very recently Darlene received news of a series of complicated symptoms and illnesses. From December to February 6, 2018 her health decline was very rapid ending very peacefully as she left this life to walk with her Lord and Savior Jesus. Her family was by her side as she passed. Darlene was a giver. She gave of herself in so many ways and those who knew her could attest to her gift of giving. Her family would encourage you to give a gift of time to local ministries and organizations devoted to giving to others. In lieu of flowers and other signs of sympathy, please give financially to the cardiac or cancer charity of your choice.
Darlene’s life and spirit can be summed up in a verse from the hymn It Is Well with My Soul by Horatio G. Spafford
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at First Christian Church in Casper.