Darlene Faye Kirby died Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the age of 64. She was born May 28, 1955 in St. Johns, MI the daughter of John and Lyola (Yerrick) Dunkel. Dar graduated from St. Johns High School, Class of 1973 and was a former member of First Baptist Church in St. Johns. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, travelling and shopping with friends. Dar was the Lab Manager for Avery Eye Care for many years before her retirement. On July 21, 1979 she married Greg Kirby and he preceded her in death in 2018. She was also predeceased by her mother, Lyola in 2013. Surviving is a son, Josh (Samantha) Kirby of Temperance, MI; daughter, Brooke (Tony) Smith of St. Johns; grandson, Henrik Kirby; two granddaughters, Lyola Smith and Emelia Kirby; father, John Dunkel of Kewadin, MI; two brothers, Dennis (Mary Ann) Dunkel of Albuquerque, NM, David (Gloria) Dunkel of St. Johns; one sister, Diane (Thomas) Woodhams of Brighton, MI; sister and brother-in-law, Judy (Cesar) Medina of St. Johns and many nieces and nephews. Following Darlene’s wishes cremation has taken place and the family is planning a memorial service at a later date once gathering restrictions have changed. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church 512 S. US 27, St. Johns, MI 48879. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.
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