Darlene Roberts, 75, of Effingham, IL, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Brookstone Estates in Effingham.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, IL. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Darlene was born on February 18, 1943, in Carbondale, IL, the daughter of Huber K. and Lucille (Wright) Burkett.
Darlene was a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in education. She taught school in Casey, IL and Marshfield, WI before pursuing other interests such as a card store and a bathroom boutique. Later in life, she acquired a degree in gerontology from Eastern Illinois University. She worked as director of activities at Lakeland Nursing Home. She also traveled the state checking on living conditions for the elderly. Darlene was a thoughtful and generous person, and an extremely family oriented mother and grandmother. When not visiting family she enjoyed spy novels, her flowers, and watching birds at her feeders.
Darlene is survived by her children, Darcie Roberts Kimberlin and Ian Roberts; and grandsons, Matthew Kimberlin and Christopher Kimberlin.
She was preceded in death by her parents.