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Darla Jean Macke


ELKVILLE — Darla Jean Macke, 83, went to be with her Lord at 11:58 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, surrounded by her loving family.

Darla had been a homemaker. She had worked at Woolworth and as a cook at the Elkville Grade School. Darla was a member of Knoff Bend Pentecost Church in Elkville.

She and her husband have pastored the church for 50 years.

She was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Medford, Oklahoma, the daughter of Buford J. and Florence B. (Patridge) Stewart.

She married Merle M. Macke on July 19, 1953, at Knoff Bend Pentecost Church in Elkville, and he survives.

She is survived by her husband of Elkville; three children, Neal S. Macke and wife, Carol, of Thompsonville, Merle Sanford Macke of Elkville, and Sidney B. Macke and wife, Cathy, of Vergennes; two sisters, Thelma Leek of Elkville, and Ollie R. Uptegraft of Lakeville, Minnesota; one brother, Roger Stewart and wife, Virginia, of Dowell; several grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special nephew, Kevin Leehy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with the Rev. Donald Maas officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery.

Friends may make memorials to the Knoff Bend Pentecost Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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