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Darlyne Tussey


Darlyne V. Tussey, 100, of Creston passed away Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Creston Specialty Care in Creston.

Memorial Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 809 W. Montgomery St., in Creston. Rev. Jodi Rushing will officiate. Inurnment will be at Graceland Cemetery in Creston. There will be no public viewing. Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Gibson Memorial Library Building Fund, and/or the First United Methodist Church in Creston. Online condolences may be left at

Darlyne Vivian Tussey, the daughter of Henry Jacob and Martha Jane (Huffman) Balius, was born on Aug. 26, 1917, in Creston. Darlyne attended country school in Union County and attended Creston High School during eighth to tenth grade. The family moved from town to the farm, and Darlyne graduated from Shannon City High School in 1935.

On Dec. 22, 1935, Darlyne married Paul W. Tussey in the home of Darlyne’s parents. Darlyne was a homemaker and farm wife most of her adult life. She worked alongside her husband, helping with the many farm chores. She also worked as a cook in the Orient-Macksburg Schools a few years. Darlyne worked at Kelly’s Flowers and the Creston Medical Clinic for several years.

Darlyne was a current member of the Creston First United Methodist Church. She belonged to several bridge clubs and she was member of the Women’s Card Club that met weekly at the Lakeshore Golf and Country Club in Afton. Darlyne was a longtime former member of the Orient United Methodist Church; U.M.W.; and Farm Bureau. In retirement, Paul and Darlyne spent the winter months in Parker, Arizona.

Left to cherish Darlyne’s memory are her son, Jim (Karen) Tussey of Orient; her daughter, Janet (Lee) Crawford of Des Moines; three grandchildren, Jeff (Peni) Tussey of Orient; Steve (Terri) Tussey of Orient; and Andy (Stacy) Summers of Edmund, Oklahoma; three step-grandchildren, Jeff Crawford of West Des Moines; Chris Crawford of Des Moines and Dale (Vicki) Crawford of Granger; 10 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; one nephew; and other relatives and friends.

Preceding Darlyne in death were her parents; her husband in 2002; three brothers, Roy, Earl and Charles Balius; one sister, Hazel Whittlesey; her son-in-law, Charles Summers; three sisters-in-law, Pauline Balius, Laree Balius and Lillian Balius; her brother-in-law, Milo Whittlesey; several nieces and nephews; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Margaret and Elmer Ford.

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