July 21, 2021
Darlene Monson, 90, passed away July 3, 2021, at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, MT. Memorial and burial services will be held at a time to be determined by her family.
Darlene was born May 31, 1931, in Eureka, MT to Gertrude and George Handford. She moved to Great Falls with her mother and brothers following the death of her father. In 1935, Darlene moved with her family to Big Sandy following the marriage of her mother to Louis Reichelt. She graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1949.
Darlene married Walter Monson on September 17, 1949. She and Walter farmed west of Big Sandy until September of 2010. At that time, she and Walter, who preceded her in death in 2012, moved to Great Falls. Darlene resided there until her passing.
Darlene enjoyed sewing for herself and her two daughters. She was a very accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed crocheting and especially loved making baby afghan blankets. While living in Big Sandy, Darlene was an active volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Program, a member of the Christ Lutheran Church and the church's quilting group, she served on the board of the Big Sandy Medical Center, and she was active in the Big Sandy Senior Citizens where she was named Senior Citizen of the year.
She is survived by her two daughters, Patty (Verlin) Reichelt of Big Sandy and Connie (Charles) Simpson of Lakeland, MN; two grandsons, Ryan (Terran) Simpson and Kyle (Eva) Simpson; and three great-grandchildren, Autumn, Summer and Paisley. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ernest and Floyd Handford; and her husband, Walter.
The family has suggested memorials to the Big Sandy Medical Center and the Peace Hospice, or a memorial of your choice. Condolences for the family may be shared online at http://www.SchniderFuneralHome.com.