Darlene Duce Clayson passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the age of 84.
Darlene was born August 5, 1928 to Daniel Leon Duce and Alta LaRue Kendall Duce, in Kimball, Idaho. She attended grade school in Kimball and graduated from Firth High School in 1946.
She married her high school sweetheart, Elwin W. Clayson, on July 19, 1946, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They made their life together farming and raising children in the Shelley/Firth area.
After all their children were gone from home, they served three missions for the LDS church, in Nigeria, Oakland, and Ohio. They also worked for many years as Temple workers in the Idaho Falls Temple. She was an active member of the LDS church serving in many capacities in each organization.
She will be remembered for her quick wit, her wonderful sense of humor and her love of family and the gospel.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elwin, a daughter, a grandson, and 7 great-grandchildren.
She is survived by 2 brothers, Lonnie (Jenny) Duce of Kellogg, Idaho and Gerald (Shirley) Duce of Hamilton, Montana, And her children David (Eris), Nolan (Claudia), Dennis (Carol), Gaylen (Donna), and daughter Connie (Wes) Gentillon, all of Firth, Melanie (Roland) Park, of Evanston, Wyoming, Janeen (Scott) Sargent and Kaylene (Kurt) Hathaway of Shelley, 42 grandchildren and 115 great-grandchildren, and 5 on the way.
Services will be Friday, November 30, 2012, at 11:00 AM, in the Firth Ward Chapel, 744 N 600 E. A viewing will be held, Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 West Oak, in Shelley and a viewing Friday from 10:00-10:40 AM. prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.