Leona Darlene Barnes, daughter of Paul Vernon and Genevieve Rauch Barnes, was born June 13, 1940, in Mount Auburn, Illinois.She departed this life Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Christian Health and Rehabilitation Center South, in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of seventy-four years, six months, and twelve days.

She was preceded in death by her father; a granddaughter, Careese Crotty; and a step-grandson, Joseph.

Darlene is survived by three daughters, Debra Gordon, and her husband, Dwayne, of Gays, Illinois, Virginia Weis, and her husband, Larry, of Lebanon, Missouri, and Barbara Fowler, and her husband, Jeff, of Valley Park, Missouri; four sons, William Stephens, and his wife, Annette, of Ramsey, Illinois, Paul Stephens, and his wife, Clarice, of Ashmore, Illinois, Patrick Stephens, and his wife, Marca, of Bunker, Missouri, and Chris Rhoades, of Polk City, Florida; twenty grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; three step-great-grandchildren; her mother, Genevieve Rout, of Herrick, Illinois; two brothers, Richard Barnes, and his wife, Molly, of Pana, Illinois, and Robert Barnes, and his wife, Ann, of Herrick, Illinois; a sister, Ruth Ann Beck, and her husband, Carroll Wayne, of Herrick, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

She was raised in Herrick, Illinois, and lived most of her life there.She was a devoted homemaker to her family and also worked at various places through the years.In 1976, she moved to Bunker, Missouri, and made her home with her family where she lived for several years.She had been a resident of Christian Health and Rehabilitation Center South, in Lebanon for the last two years, and had become very well known and loved among the staff and residents.

Darlene was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Bunker, Missouri.

In her spare time she loved to read, crochet, play bingo, take pictures, and spend time with family and friends.She enjoyed traveling and made many trips to and from Illinois to visit her family.She loved driving in her car and would often take road trips for no particular reason.She had led a very colorful life and was steadfast in her convictions.She possessed a generous heart and loved in her own unique way.

Darlene was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and was a caring neighbor and friend.We celebrate her life and know that her family and friends will cherish the wonderful memories she created for them during her seventy-four years.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday January 5, 2014 in Myers Cemetery, Herrick. Arrangements are by Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Cowden.