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Darlene Kay (Minger) Clarey

June 20, 1944 ~ December 13, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Darlene Clarey Obituary

Darlene Kay Clarey, 79, of Shelbyville, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.  She was born on June 20, 1944, in Sturgis, Michigan, to the late Irvin and Maxine (Hendrixson) Minger. Darlene was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend whose warmth and kindness touched the lives of all who knew her.

On July 11, 1964, Darlene married the love of her life, Firmer Ralph Clarey, in Menden, Michigan. Their union was blessed with 59 years of shared joy and two beloved children.   In addition to her devoted husband, Firmer, Darlene is survived by her son, Anthony (Amy) Clarey of Shelbyville; her daughter, Patty (David) Henry of Effingham; her adored grandchildren, Jacob and Adam Clarey, both of Shelbyville, Taylor (Ciara) Everett of Watson, Logan (Jennifer) Everett of Shelbyville, and Madison (Alexandria) Everett of Anchorage, AK. She also leaves behind her brothers, David (Jan) Minger of Eaton Rapids, MI, Danny (Sandy) Minger of Vicksburg, MI, and Doug (Kathy) Minger of Three Rivers, MI.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Donald Clark; her son-in-law, Don Everett; and her sister-in-law, Charlene Minger.

Darlene's life was one of service and creativity. She was a lifelong beautician, a career that showcased her artistic talent and her ability to connect with people. Her caring nature also led her to cook at the Shelbyville schools and work at the Plaza Boutique, where she was beloved by both colleagues and those she served.  Her creative passions extended into her personal life as a lifelong seamstress and a lifetime of being known as the “cookie lady.”  Her hands were rarely still, as she was always involved in a project or planning the next.

Private family services will be held to honor Darlene's life and to cherish the memories she has given to her family and friends.   Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville is assisting the family.

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