Darlene Anderson

Darlene Anderson

June 1, 1943 – December 10, 2022

VISITATION: Thursday, December 15th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the West Center Chapel.

SERVICE: Friday, December 16th, at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 421 Park Ave, with a luncheon to follow. Family Interment: Forest Lawn.

Memorials are suggested to:

First Baptist Church https://www.omahafbc.org/wp/donate-to-fbco/ or

UNMC Faculty Women’s Club Scholarship Fund https://secure.nufoundation.org/give?fundid=01138510&sitename=UNMC%20All%20Colleges&wprefer=&_ga=2.73302675.1626823903.1671072316-435906418.1671072316

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Darlene Anderson, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 10, 2022. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 1, 1943.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rose Goodwin, and her sister, Martha Massengale.

Darlene is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Joseph Anderson of Omaha, Nebraska; her children and their spouses, Laura Kirkland and husband Kelly of Flower Mound, Texas, Jeff Anderson and his wife Patty of Round Rock, Texas, and Mark Anderson and his wife Wenhan of Brooklyn, New York; grandchildren: Tyler Kirkland of Omaha, Nebraska, Lindsay Kirkland of Flower Mound, Texas, and Matthew Anderson of Round Rock, Texas; sister, Charlene McWilliams of Timnath, Colorado.

Darlene was born in Omaha, NE, and graduated from Central High School. She went to nursing school at Clarkson College. She met her husband, Joseph, at First Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member for over 70 years. She and Joseph married in 1966 and had 3 children; Laura, Jeff, and Mark.

She was an avid cross stitcher and owned a needlework store for many years. She gave lectures about needlework all over the country. Darlene also enjoyed cooking. She loved entertaining, and all who knew her looked forward to her Christmas cookies that she baked each year. She enjoyed annual vacations to Colorado with her children and grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her, and she was present for all of the important milestones in their lives.

She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.


  • Sue Stewart Posted December 12, 2022 9:54 am

    Laura, Sending my love and deepest sympathies to you and your family! Her beautiful heart will continue to shine through the smiles of her children and Grandchildren.❤️🙏

  • Jane Taylor Posted December 12, 2022 10:14 am

    I knew Darlene through the needeart group with UNMV Faculty Women from 1987-2001.I have many fond memories of the beautiful cross stitch projects she whipped up and the smocking. Such beautiful work.
    A classic tale was when just before she hosted a needle art session for FWC she got the fireplace going only to have baby raccoons come tumbling down. Can you even imagine?

    A lovely, talented lady.

  • Terri Halloran Posted December 12, 2022 12:11 pm

    Dear Laura, you have my heartfelt condolences, sympathy and prayers. Please extend my love and hugs to your whole family especially your beautiful and amazing children and loving husband. sincerely, Terri Halloran

  • Linda Gallardo Posted December 12, 2022 12:26 pm

    The Gallardo family is thinking of all of you. Darlene was so talented and she thoroughly enjoyed watching her grandkids grow.

  • The Yao Family ( Taiwan , R.O.C ) Posted December 13, 2022 6:13 am

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your mother. May her soul rest in peace and our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    We will miss her beautiful smile in the family photos and Christmas letters she sent us every year.
    Your mother will forever remain in our hearts and memories. Our most sincere condolences.

  • Thao Nguyen Posted December 13, 2022 12:10 pm

    RIP Dear Darlene. Although we never met in person, I loved your enthusiasm for cross stitch. It was a pleasure to be one of your model stitchers over the years. May peace and light grace you and your loved ones.

    Thao Nguyen

  • Joan kincaid Posted December 13, 2022 12:14 pm

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. I knew Darlene as a nursing student when she was at Clarkson and I was a student at Methodist. Later she was a neighbor when when our children were small. Many good memories.

  • Susie Sachs Silverman Posted December 14, 2022 8:31 am

    I remember Darlene so well from our years at Central. May her memory always be a blessing for you

  • Donald and Joanne King Posted December 14, 2022 12:08 pm

    We have many happy memories over the years from choir at First Baptist to occasional meetings to catch up and reminisce. We extend our deep sympathy and blessings to Joe and family.

  • Naomi’ Rothenberg Arnold Posted December 14, 2022 7:39 pm

    My sympathy to Darlene’s family and her sister Charlene. I went through Washington Elementary School and Central High School with her and we spent many hours playing together. May she be at peace.

  • Naomi’ Rothenberg Arnold Posted December 14, 2022 7:40 pm

    My sympathy to Darlene’s family and her sister Charlene. I went through Washington Elementary School and Central High School with her and we spent many hours playing together. May she be at peace.

  • Linda Lamirande Posted December 16, 2022 12:06 pm

    Darlene and Joe had such an impact on our lives during the time we lived in Omaha in the 1970s and early 80s. Their guidance, teaching and advice will forever remain in our hearts. Thank you for providiing us the opportunity to remember and celebrate her via the live stream service today. Our love to your family. Linda and Jerry

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