Darlene B. Estes, age 89, of Hankinson, ND, formerly of Abercrombie, ND, passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at St. Gerard’s Community of Care Nursing Home in Hankinson. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, from 5 PM to 7 PM followed by her 7 PM prayer service at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton, ND. Visitation will continue at Bethany Free Lutheran Church in rural Abercrombie, on Thursday, December 23, 2021, from 1 PM to 2 PM followed by her 2 PM funeral service. Rev. Thomas Reagan will officiate the service. Burial will be held in Bethany Free Lutheran Cemetery in rural Abercrombie. A livestream of the service will be available on the funeral home's website and at BethanyFreeLutheran.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home.
Darlene Beverly Estes was born on May 10, 1932, in rural Abercrombie to Henry and Olga (Rostad) Hendrickson. She attended Abercrombie #2 School. In 1963, she moved to California and on February 28, 1964, she married Elvin Estes. Darlene later returned to the home farm and lived with her brothers, before moving into Wahpeton in 2008. She was a member of Bethany Free Lutheran Church.
Darlene enjoyed doing word searches, puzzles, and playing bingo at the nursing home. She also loved baking and made the best buns.
Her feisty personality and lovely blue eyes will forever be missed by her daughters, Kimberly Ann (Ray) Ohm and Kelly Ann (Greg Berg) Church, of Hankinson; grandchildren, Brandon Church, Aaron Church, Dalton Ohm, and Morgan Ohm; great-grandchildren, Adalynn Church, Dustin Church, and Ryan Church; and several other loving family members and friends.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin Estes; grandson, Derek Church; sisters, Delores Keller and Norma Lord; and her brothers, Elsworth Hendrickson, Allen Hendrickson, Kenneth Hendrickson, Gordon Hendrickson, Harlyn Hendrickson, and Robert Hendrickson.