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A Life Remembered….
Darlene M. (Holcomb) Quick, 84, passed away July 27, 2020 at Parkridge Specialty Care, Pleasant Hill, IA where she has resided since July 1999.
Darlene was born February 12, 1936 to Oscar A. and Mae (Church) Holcomb. She attended Douglas Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Jr. High, and East High School. Darlene then married Richard L. Quick. Dick and Darlene moved to Prairie City where Dick farmed and Darlene continued to work at Frye Mfg. Co. on Dean Avenue, until health problems caused her to retire in 1980.
Darlene came from a family of six children born to Oscar and Mae Holcomb. The first child (Mable Merle), died of the influenza pandemic in 1918 and 102 years later, Darlene from the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
Darlene is survived by her son; Rick (Marie) Quick of Minot, ND; 3 grandsons, Craig, Adam and Andrew; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Norma Holcomb who was her caregiver for many years of Des Moines, sister-in-law Eve (Holcomb) Smith of Overland Park, KS; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Quick; parents; three brothers; Dean, Clyde, and Oscar Holcomb, Jr.; two sisters, Elva (Holcomb) Langdon, and Nadine (Holcomb) Norem.
Thank you to all the Parkridge Staff who cared for Darlene all these years. If it had not been for you(staff) I feel Darlene would never have lived this many more years due to her health conditions. We sincerely appreciate and many thanks to all of you. Thanks to St. Croix Hospice nurse, whom I trust to tell me the way it is.
I (Norma) would like to share some things about Darlene. In spite of the serious stroke Darlene had in 1990, which left her right side paralyzed and could not speak, she was able to communicate and take care of herself in so many ways. She could not live alone or in assisted living, but she remained very independent and never let her handicap slow her down. She learned to walk again, even to going up and down stairs. She could not speak or write but could read. She found many ways to communicate to get herself across to others. One was using the phone book to explain where or what she wanted. She was very neat and orderly, nothing to be out of place, or bed unmade, everyone sits in the right place, nothing on the floor and chairs lined up. Since she lost so many things in her life this was her way of remaining in control over a portion of her life. She loved to go out for car rides. I took her to many funerals and events, where I did not know anyone, so I had to do the talking. Over the years as care giver, Darlene and I became very close and she became the sister I never had. I will miss her very much along with her "quirky" ways.