DARLENE R. PRYOR

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Darlene Rose Pryor, of Brook Park, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 85 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.

VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Assembly Area #1 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Darlene Rose Pryor, of Brook Park, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 85 years old.

Darlene Rose was born on November 22, 1932 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lead, South Dakota to parents Paul and Margaret Maude (LaCroix) Dion. She was the youngest girl in a family of 8 girls and one boy. They resided in Deadwood and Rapid City, South Dakota before making their way to Mendota, Minnesota for a short period before moving to their permanent home in Minneapolis. Paul and Maude opened a dry cleaning shop, Sparkle Cleaners in Dinkytown next to the University of Minnesota. Darlene raised her family in Minneapolis, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park. Darlene and her husband Larry retired at an early age and moved to their cabin outside of Mora where she enjoyed her life there for 40 years. Larry passed away in 2005.

In July 2017 Darlene was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer. Thankfully her cancer was able to be treated with one of the new immunotherapies that extended her life for several months. It was a blessing that she was never sick or in pain. She felt safe, and close to medical attention while at St. Clare’s Rehab in Mora and decided she wanted to stay at the assisted living apartments. She made some very precious new friends there and our family is forever grateful for how happy she was and for the exceptional care she received.

Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, husband Lawrence Pryor, step-son Mitchell Pryor, sisters, Margaret Pryor, Agnes Dion, Mildred Gillis, Florence Buehring, Pauline Sandquist, Lucille Wilson, and Norma Heathcote.

She is survived by her children, Sandra (Steve) Juettner, David (Sue) Kittleson, Raymond Kittleson, Kimberly Johnson, and Pamela Nelson; brother Paul (Denise) Dion; grandchildren, Stephanie (Tony), Justin, Keri (Nate), Christopher, Jennifer (Ron), Jill (Jamie), Emily (Tim), Heidi (Hector), Brittany, Sarah (Manu), Liz (Aaron), Andy (Josh), Tiffany (Troy), Amber, Andrea, Jo, Brian, Samantha, Brandon, and Angela; 31 great grandchildren; our forever family friend Carol Carlson; and the loving staff and residents at St. Clare’s of Mora; as well as many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

 

4 guestbook entries for DARLENE R. PRYOR

  1. Karen Amundson April 5, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

    Oh, Sandy. With love and heartfelt sorrow. She will be missed but always in your heart. She will always be there for you to ask for guidance, uplifting and live whenever you need her. Mothers are always our guiding light. Mine is, yours is. Giving you hugs and a shoulder. Anytime. Love.

  2. Leslie Roberts April 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    Deepest sorrow for the loss of this beautiful kindhearted lady.
    To all my Kittleson cousins, and to Darlene’s other family members and friends, I send my prayers and thoughts your way

    Leslie Roberts

  3. Deanna Gillis Thacker April 7, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    Bless you all of Aunt Darlene”s children and family. I can’t seem to lose this heartache for her loss. Mom’s Baby Sister has gone and she was Aunt, Friend, Peer and more to me. Her Beauty, inside and out, and her humor, love of Family, and love of life made up such a special woman. With our frequent long phone calls we tried to cure all the world problems as Sandee knows. A couple old dames venting. LOL I so will miss that and my visits to MN to see her and Sandee and others. Rest well Dear one wrapped in all the love we all feel for you.
    I thank the Lord we had her in our lives along with Mom and all the Lovely Sisters.

  4. Heidi Estrada April 9, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

    This is the most beautiful memorial I’ve ever read. Grandma was truly the most stunning, kind, hilarious, gentle woman and we’re surely the luckiest to call her ours. Eva remembers her hugs and her birdhouses. Audrey will never forget her pies and stories. We will all miss her even as she lives on in all of our hearts, memories, tears, and laughter. Soar with the eagles grandma. We love you so much.

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