Darline Wymer Obituary

Darline Alberta Wymer
Darline Alberta Wymer
Darline Alberta Wymer

September 21, 1931 - February 24, 2012
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Darline Wymer, 80, joyfully met her Savior on February 24, 2012. Survivors include her children: Diana (Chris) Widmer of Bondurant, Virgie (Paul) Killen of Altoona, Samuel Wymer of Des Moines, Twyla (Leslie) Conklin of Des Moines, Earl "Skippy" Kalar of Des Moines; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; siblings: Earl, Ralph, Barbara, Timothy, Maryetta, Dowell, Joan, Joel, Pearl, Jeri and Marvin. Waiting for her in heaven are her siblings: Johnny, Albert, Hank, Daniel, Roy, Joe and Ruby.

Darline was born in Des Moines on September 21, 1931, to John and Virgie (Fredrickson) Smith. She lived in Des Moines all of her life and truly had a servants heart. She was a foster parent to over 30 children and also sponsored many Asian families as they adjusted to their new lives in the United States. In the 1980's, her service to these families was recognized by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for the contribution she made to Iowa.

In 2000, Darline and her children, started a prison book ministry providing hundreds of Christian books for in-mates in county jails throughout Iowa. Their goal of getting books into every county jail in the state of Iowa, with the hope of giving inmates the opportunity to accept Jesus as their savior, was met in 2010. MANY hearts were won for Jesus. Darline enriched the lives of everyone she touched and will be greatly missed.

Darline's other passions included genealogy and travel. She was instrumental in getting a Swedish monument placed in her hometown and getting her family farm donated to the local historical society. Her travels included Sweden, Greece, Scotland, Ireland, and Israel (pictured here with Heavyweight champion boxer, Evander Holyfield!) She lived a full life, brought happiness and gained pleasure through meeting all kinds of people.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Grandview Park Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Elmgrove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.IlesCares.com.

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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
2:00 PM
Elm Grove Cemetery
Des Moines, IA US
Wednesday, February 29, 2012