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Darlene Marie Hamsher passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Joplin Gardens Nursing Home in Joplin.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 300 N Pennsylvania, Webb City, MO on Thursday, May 9, 2024. The visitation will be at 10 am followed by the Celebration of Life at 11 am. Burial will be at the Wild Rose Cemetery in Webb City.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church building fund in memory of Darlene.

Darlene was born on May 30, 1935, near Salem, NE to Harold and Elizabeth (Allen) Crow. The family moved to Grundy County, MO in 1941. Darlene graduated from Trenton High School in 1952. Darlene married Richard “Dick” Dean on October 6, 1952. They were married for 49 years until his death on October 22, 2001. They had one daughter, Vickie. Darlene married Calvin “Keith” Hamsher on January 4, 2015.

Darlene worked as a Postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service for many years at the Galt Post Office. She retired in January 1999. Upon her retirement, they moved to Webb City.

Darlene loved the Lord and was always involved in church activities. She was a member of the Galt Christian Church until the move to Webb City, where she joined Emmanuel Baptist. She was a faithful prayer warrior. She was always busy doing volunteer work – she delivered Meals on Wheels; cooked meals at the church; did taxes for those who needed help.

Darlene loved her family, not just her immediate family but her large extended family. She devoted hours to genealogy research of the various family branches and loved to tell anyone who would listen about her latest findings. She was responsible for organizing many family reunions over the years.

She is survived by Keith Hamsher and her daughter, Vickie (Warren) Brown; granddaughter, Brandy (David) Carlson; grandsons, Trevor (Nicole) Brown, Dustin (Becky) Brown and Cody Brown; great-granddaughters, Addysen Carlson, Addyson Johnson, Alexus Brown, Freyia Brown and Everleigh Brown; stepchildren, Carisa (John) Henkle, Tom (Mary) Hamsher and Brian (Melinda) Hamsher; step-grandchildren, D. Elle (Gavin) Mcalister, Garrison and Colton Henkle. Additionally, two sisters-in-law survive Darlene, Mary Lou (Dean) Polley and Esther (Crow) Pierce, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.