Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

June 25, 2013

Gladys Darr


Effingham Daily News

---- — Gladys Huddlestun Darr, 101, of Casey, passed away at 7:13 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Heartland Nursing Center, Casey.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Markwell Funeral Home, 200 N. Central Ave., Casey, with Billie Ray Ulrey officiating. Burial will be in the Rupp Cemetery, Martinsville. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Cumberland Presbyterian Childrens Home, 909 Greenlee St., Denton, TX 76201. Online condolences may be left at www.markwellfuneralhome.com. Markwell Funeral Home of Casey is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Oct. 17, 1911, in Yale, the daughter of Sylvanus Calvin Huddlestun and Nellie M. Meeker Huddlestun. On Sept. 3, 1932, she married Perry Earl Darr in Hoguetown. He passed away on Sept. 29, 1999.

Survivors include several nephews and nieces including Ron Darr and wife, Jan, Carol Janssen and husband, Robert, Jill Shawver and husband, Jack, and Janice Richardson, all of Casey; and other great nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Ernest and Bruce Huddlestun; and sister, Aleen Wattleworth. Although she had no children, she is remembered as the church camp mom and community mom to many children.

Mrs. Darr was co-owner of Darr’s Grocery and Meats on Madison Avenue in Casey, for many years. She had previously worked in the Olney and Casey Shoe Factories. She was a member of the Areta Chapter 79 Order of the Eastern Star, where she served many terms as a Worthy Matron. Gladys was a member of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and a member of the Casey Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Casey, after the Kimlin Cumberland Presbyterian Church closed.

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