Darla Jeanne King, daughter of Alfred and Florance Hall, was born on July 16, 1947 in Pierre, SD. She departed this life following extended illness on January 20, 2021 at her home in Springfield, Missouri surrounded by her family. She was 73. Darla was a former resident of Cabool, having to move to Springfield to be near necessary medical facilities.
As a young girl, Darla enjoyed her studies during her elementary years, however, she treasured her memories of high school in Antelope Valley, CA. One particular memory was from 1963. Being a typical ‘California girl,’ Darla was an extra, with full cast and crew listing, in the short running movie, “The Skydivers.” Darla’s years in California nurtured a love for the desert. Darla truly appreciated its special beauty and was grateful to return and travel through the desert several times during her life.
Darla, and husband George, raised three daughters: Tammy, Rebecca and Laura. Darla was a hands-on mother who encouraged her daughters to cultivate enthusiasm and participate in the special interests of their choosing. Darla was very active in pursuing opportunities for her children. She loved to watch and support them in the various activities in which they engaged. Darla encouraged and organized different forms of recreation, demonstrating her sense of fun and teaching the value of imagination, first, with her children and then later with her grandchildren by arranging tea parties, costume parties, slumber parties, trips to museums (including the Smithsonian Institute and Mount Vernon) various zoos and trips to the lake. Darla loved to go and do with her family and friends. Darla’s loving dedication to her children and grandchildren was acutely evident in her relationships with them by teaching the importance of play and encouraging fun and exploration.
Darla was preceded in death by her husband, George King; her parents, Alfred and Florance Hall, youngest brother, Larry Hall and granddaughter, Leann Hines. Darla is survived by her children, Tammy Henry and husband Brett, Rebecca Hines and husband John and Laura Betherum; her grandchildren, Allison, Audra, Michael, Crystal and Dawn and their families, Alisha and Emily; her great grandchildren, Ella, Tylyn, George, Benjamin, Melody and Zeke; her siblings, Casey, Sherry and Johnny; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Services will be held February 6 at 2:00pm through Zoom. Arrangements have been entrusted to Midwest Cremation and funeral Services.