Darlene Adams Reed

June 14, 1936 — July 27, 2019

Barbara Darlene Adams Reed of Liberty, MO passed away early Sunday, July 28th.

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

In Junior High Band, she and her husband first met. Darlene played flute; Vernon, the oboe. Luck placed them side by side. 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, 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 in Monett on September 1, 1957.

Moving to Fayetteville, both attended University of Arkansas. She worked part time as a kindergarten nurse 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. They returned to Missouri, settling in Liberty.

Darlene worked for 8 years in delivery at North Kansas City Hospital while having two more sons. When Liberty’s hospital opened, she transferred to their ER department, working faithfully for over 50 years, where she was recognized for her service.

Darlene loved gardening. For that reason, Darlene is to be buried at the family farm, in 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 her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Vernon; three sons, Roger (Kansas City), his wife Cynthia Dahnke Reed, Alan and David, his fiancee 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.

Visitation: Friday, August 16th, 5:30 to 7:30 - Church Archer Pasley Funeral Home, Liberty, MO Service, Saturday, August 17th, 2pm - Second Baptist Church, Liberty. Reception to follow - Church Archer Pasley Funeral Home, Liberty.

In lieu of flowers, the Reed family requests that friends plant a rose bush. Darlene loved roses. This will allow you to share her love for roses and will serve as a reminder of her beauty.

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