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“So sorry for your loss Darwin. My time working with Pat was very special as were our Hat party's over at Pa's. Dan ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Dan and Shirley Dickinson

“Our Condolences to Darwin and family Pat was a work friend from McQuay we had so many good times with the 2 Debs she will be missed by all loe Mike...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Jacki Baiotto - Staunton, VA

“Sorry for your loss of a great lady. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Fran Jungjohan - Port st Lucie

“I use to live next door to her on the lake in Spirit Lake, I remember one time your parents and we were drinking beer , and I think one of your...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Katie Schultz - Green Bay, WI

“Pat was so filled with joy and a genuine pleasure to be around. May God bring you all peace. Love and hugs. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Becky Von Ehwegen - Des Moines, IA


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Patricia (Pat) Daniel passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 16, 2020 in Urbandale, Iowa where she had been cared for by her sister Paula Diane.

Pat was born March 18, 1949 in Bemidji, Minnesota to Stan and Rita Stough. The family later moved to Early, Iowa where Pat graduated from Crestland High School in 1967. After graduation, she attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She then lived in Erie, Colorado with her first husband and their three children, Kari Anne, Billie Alison, and Mitchell Warren Roberts.

Pat married Darwin Daniel in May of 1984, uniting Pat's children Kari, Billie, and Mitchell with Darwin's daughter Kristi to form a new family. They continued to live in Spirit Lake where Pat worked at McQuays and Berkley (Pure Fishing) until her retirement in 2006. Pat loved the Iowa Great Lakes community and was a proud graduate of the University of Okoboji.

Pat was a fun-loving and caring wife and mother who had the ability to find humor in everything she did. She was friendly and lighthearted, and excelled at raising a wide variety of specialty dogs and cats. Pat loved listening to music. A highlight for Pat was the reunions with her many siblings to sing and dance to their favorites until the wee hours of the morning.

Pat is survived by her husband of 36 years, Darwin Daniel, and children Kari Anne Karnes (Terry Stammer), Billie Karnes (Brett Gronemeyer), Mitchell Roberts (Jackie Foust), and Kristi Boken (Joe).
Her grandchildren Max Karnes (Shannon), Mitchell Karnes, Matthew Karnes, Teddi Karnes, Warren Roberts, Zerek Boken, and Ziva Boken were a special joy to Pat.
Pat is also survived by her fourteen siblings: James Stough, Sue Paquette, Paula Merfeld, Paul Stough (Ann), Phil Stough (Susie), Janet Gaillard, Mary Maguire, Terry Sanford (Walt), Dean Stough(Brenda), Kevin Stough, Kay Lowe (Mike), Sheila Bryan (Garey), Kathy Ingle (Jack), and Brian Stough (Lauren). She was so blessed by her huge extended family, including the many nieces and nephews who were a big part of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents Stan and Rita Stough.

The family is especially thankful to Erica Shouldeen for the joy and loving care she gave to Pat.
Memorials can be sent to the Iowa Animal Rescue League at www.arl-iowa.org in recognition of her lifelong love and work with dogs and cats. Pat will be greatly missed by all who loved her.