Darlene JoAnn Matus, 84, Beaver Creek, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Darlene Emery was born on June 28, 1934, to Lloyd and Minnie (Henningsen) Emery in Luverne. As a child she moved with her family to Kansas while her father served in the United States Army. The family then returned to the Luverne area where she attended school and graduated from Beaver Creek High School in 1952.
Following graduation, Darlene moved to Minneapolis, where she worked in a secretarial position. A short time later she returned to her home area and worked for J.D. Evans in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
She married Dale Matus on Feb. 15, 1958, at the Luverne United Methodist Church. Following their marriage, they worked on a sheep farm for Jim Dunn until 1961 when they found their home. They moved onto a farm three miles north and two miles west of Beaver Creek where they raised animals and grain. Darlene also helped with daily chores of the farm, milking cows and doing whatever needed to be done. Darlene slowly moved toward retirement by spending time at their lake house in Canada during summers but remained living on their farm during planting and harvest.
Darlene was a member of Palisade Lutheran Church near rural Garretson, South Dakota. She loved her WELCA women’s group and was very involved in the church. She enjoyed fishing and taking various guided fishing tours. On their excursions, she not only loved to fish but also enjoyed taking care of base camp.
The couple purchased a cabin in 1983 in Waldof Bay, Ontario, Canada, and enjoyed spending time there with their family. Darlene also liked to travel. Through the years she enjoyed trips to Park Rapids, New York City, down south, and to Europe, where they were able to visit their exchange student from Switzerland.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Dale of Beaver Creek; three sons and their families, Todd Matus of Beaver Creek, his daughter Heather Matus of Carrollton, Georgia, and Todd’s special friend, Tammy Makram of Luverne and her son Mason Makram of Los Angeles, California; Dan and Shanelle Matus of Sheldon, Iowa, and their children, Todd Helmers, Trista Helmers and Tamsyn Matus, all of Sheldon; Tim and Lori Matus of San Antonio, Texas, and their children Derek Matus of New York City, New York, Luke (Noemie Gagnon-Bergeron) Matus of Boston, Massachusetts, Kyra Matus of Boston, and Lorin Burton, Lexi Burton and Landon Burton, all of San Antonio; and her sister, Cheri (Dale) Macklanburg of Nevis.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Barbara Lowe.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.