Joan Elsheimer Darby

Profile Updated: September 11, 2019
Residing In: Coffeyville, KS USA
Spouse/Partner: Dale Darby
Occupation: Retired Licensed Social Worker with the St. of KS.
Children: Darla Darby Finn, born 1975
Neil Darby, born 1980

My husband and I are both retired and are spending a lot of our time finishing out the full basement. We recently sold our acreage, barn, and pond so we only have the upkeep of the house we had built in 1978 and the surrounding yard. We've had a front porch added and deck in the back which greatly changes the appearance of our place. We have 2 grandchildren who are 4 and 9 yrs. old and live in Ok. We recently bought a camper and parked it near Claremore for the purpose of family gatherings nearer our grandchildren.
Our church is an important part of our everyday lives and do enjoy the company of those friends. My other 4 siblings live in close proximity so we keep in close touch.
I would welcome contact with classmates via this messg. center, phone call, or visit to our home.

School Story:

Vocal music was my extra activity during my school years and I continued on with it through my college years. During my last 2 years of college in LeMars, Ia., I was a member of the top 64 member travelling chorale and sang at the World's Fair in Montreal Canada in 1968. We travelled by private buses for 2 weeks to and from Montreal taking in some of the local tourist attractions including Niagara Falls and the exhibits of the Fair.

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Jan 04, 2021 at 11:42 AM

Hi Gail: Just wanted you to know we have moved to Claremore, Ok. due to my issues with Parkinsons. We couldn't keep up with the things around the place and neither our kids or my siblings wanted to buy it so we sold everything and moved into a duplex in Claremore. Sold most everything we had and moved here with a few pickup loads. Did a lot of shredding of papers. My sister, Gail Norton lives near here, while our kids are farther away. I won't be able to keep track of the obituaries any longer; I never did hear back from Janie Sitsler's dtr. about her date of death even though I had called her twice. Keep in touch and take care. Joan

Jan 04, 2021 at 11:06 AM

Hi Richard, Happy New Year! Just to let you know, we have moved to Claremore, Ok., have sold our land, machinery, and most furniture, etc. Big changes. Due to my husband's parkinsons, we decided to make big changes since neither of our children live nearby and didn't want to buy the place. As you may remember, my folks bought the place of 80 acres from Cline Road up to the camp at a tax sale in the early 60s. It was so overrun with copperhead snakes, scorpions, and spiders that we children weren't allowed to come out there for about 6 mo. while our Dad got machinery out there to clear the blackjack brush, etc. So it has been hard for me to decide to leave the place. But in Dec. we did.
I won't be able to continue with the "In Memory" section of our class information. I enjoyed keeping in touch and will do so through this avenue but won't be taking the local papers, etc. I never did hear back from Janie Sitsler's dtr. regarding the date of Janie's death.
Take care, Richard

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Jan 02, 2021 at 10:57 PM

Posted on: Jan 02, 2021 at 4:33 PM

Happy belated birthday, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! All in one wishes to you. I wanted to let you know we've moved, sold everything, and left the area. Living in the Claremore area now. My husband's health is changing and so we made changes also. Starting another chapter in our life's book. I'm letting Gail M. and Dick W. know because I won't be helping to take care of the "In Memory" information any longer. I never did hear back from Janie Sitsler's daughter as to a date of death, etc. Not living in your area or getting the obits. makes it harder to keep it correct. Take care, Sue.

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Jan 08, 2021 at 4:44 PM

Posted on: Jan 02, 2021 at 3:05 PM

Happy Birthday, Linda. We now live in Claremore also. It's pretty around here! We sold everything except our personal belongings and started a new chapter in our book of life. Take care.

Oct 12, 2020 at 12:21 AM

Sure enjoyed talking with you last night and sooooooooooo good to hear your voice. Enjoy what's left of this Happy Birth Day! Joan

Oct 12, 2020 at 12:17 AM

Hi Joyce, have a wonderful birthday with family and friends. I think of you often and the friendship we developed. I think of your brother also and the contribution to our town and society. Miss his contributions. You, your brother, and Riley were brought up right with Christian values. Take care always. Joan

Sep 08, 2020 at 8:45 PM

Hi Bonnie: Hope you enjoy your birthday coming up. I remember you often. Joan

Sep 08, 2020 at 8:40 PM

Sorry I missed your birthday, Linda. Hope you had a good one and many more with your family. Drove by your aunt Louella's house, your two gra'ma's and my old house on 10th street. Changes all the time but oh, the memories are still there.

Aug 15, 2020 at 12:17 AM

Have a happy birthday celebration Maggie and be safe.

Aug 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM

Happy birthday, Ron. Have a good one!

Aug 11, 2020 at 1:49 PM

Here's wishing you a very happy birthday Gail. And many more to come!

Aug 10, 2020 at 6:40 PM

Hey Gerald, 2 more days and you'll have another celebration! Happy birthday to you. Stay safe and enjoy the day.

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Jul 28, 2020 at 10:25 PM

Posted on: Jul 12, 2020 at 11:32 AM

Roger, So glad you posted those memory pictures of grade school and 7th grade. I met you at Whittier when I began the 6th grade with Mr. Grundy. My folks had just moved from McKinley district into Whittier at 5th and Walnut. I didn't like to leave my previous school for the last yr. of grade school and then go into another new school for the 7th grade. But I enjoyed Mr. Grundy as my new teacher. In the latter years of my folks living at 5th and Walnut, your folks became acquainted with my folks regarding some land deal. I was introduced to them and later to your sister Sherri which was my sister's age (Gail). Your sister lives north of us a short ways. She helped him put together a resume years ago. I think they met through a computer class at the college.
Your folks also came into my husband's hearing aid shop and it was there I became more acquainted with them. Fine folks! They were strong people and your Mother was so witty. Now I understand how you were able to withstand your personal family losses. Family is what keeps us together and you've got a good one. Cherish those years. By the way, happy birthday. Can you believe it, we'll soon be 75. I am fortunate to have 1 aunt left from both sides of my family (left in Minnesota). I keep in touch by phone. Due to the virus, I haven't seen them this year. Joan

Jun 06, 2020 at 3:33 AM
May 02, 2020 at 11:33 PM

Hi Tobi, have a wonderful birthday. Joan

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May 04, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Posted on: May 02, 2020 at 11:29 PM

Here's sending you an early birthday greeting; hope this finds you feeling well and ready to celebrate your birthday with family and friends. Can't have a BIG celebration due to covid 19 but oh, well.
Talking about classic cars, while away at college getting my 4yr. degree, my Dad helped me locate a first car for me; a 1964 Rambler, E stick transmission. This was bought at Romans Chevrolet in Independence for $400 in 1967. Due to the E-stick trans., I suppose no one else wanted to buy it. I had of course, learned to use a clutch and knew how to change a tire so Dad knew I could learn to use the E-stick which I did and left home to go back to college in LeMars, Ia. which was 500 miles. After buying the car, we got the title transf. and ins. purchased and I drove home and then picked up my passenger in Parsons the next day and off we went. My parents had a lot of trust and faith in me and God to send me off like that. But I didn't think anything of it. (no cell phone, etc. then) That was a pretty neat little car!

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Mar 01, 2020 at 9:17 AM

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020 at 9:10 PM

Donnie, how are you doing? I haven't gone on facebook lately to see if you've written on it. Let me know how you're doing. Have you had anything published? Or maybe you haven't taken that route with doing your other things. Let me know. Joan

Feb 22, 2020 at 9:05 PM

Hi Mary Ann; wishing you a very happy birthday. I think of you often and the fun you, Sharan, and I had together. I stay in touch with Sharan and would like to hear from you. I know so many are on facebook and I enjoy reading it but I'm not consistent in staying with it. Take care, friend. Joan

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Feb 10, 2020 at 12:52 PM
Feb 08, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Hi Roger, another birthday rolling around, right. Well, I attended another memorial service today for a classmate. That of Jimmie Sitsler. He passed on Jan. 27. His twin, Janie, passed about 3 yrs. ago. Both had severe breathing problems. I saw John Dunsworth, Becky Hurst (sp.) Gordan, Cassurole and she was with Harry Stanley. I hadn't seen John since highschool. Heard lots of old stories. John was married to Royce Ann Mayfield's sister, Becky. Royce was in our class. Have a good day with family. Joan

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