Darlene Janice (Evans) Watts

Darlene J. (Evans) Watts, 90, of Waukee and formerly of Clarion, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021 The Village at Legacy Point in Waukee.

Funeral services for Darlene Watts will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East in Clarion.  Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021 from 10:00 – 12:00 PM at the funeral home.

Darlene Janice, daughter of O. Alger and Myrtle (Crane) Evans, was born on January 3, 1931 in Dows. Darlene grew up in Eagle Grove. She graduated from Eagle Grove High school in 1949.

On April 2, 1952, Darlene was united in marriage to Donald Watts. The couple made their home in Clarion where they raised their two daughters. Darlene worked as a telephone operator in Clarion and later was a secretary at Farm Bureau. When Darlene was 50, she obtained her real estate and brokerage license and sold trusts and insurance. She was proud to be a business woman in Clarion.

Darlene loved doing craft projects, knitting and sewing. She enjoyed playing a round of golf or cards with friends. Darlene loved to shop, especially for shoes and Christmas gifts. Her family was important to her and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. After Don’s passing in 2009, Darlene moved to Waukee to be closer to family.

Darlene is survived by her two daughters Debra Locke of Omaha, Nebraska and Vicki (Lynn) Erickson of Waukee; five grandchildren Jessica (Dinand), Jeanette (Robert), Abby (Zachary), Emily, and Sophie; and four great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Don; parents Alger and Myrtle; son-in-law Robert Locke; and three siblings.