Vigen Memorial Home obituary – D. Darleen “Dee” Allison, 93, of Keokuk

D. Darleen “Dee” Allison, 93, of Keokuk, IA, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at River Hills Village in Keokuk.

She was born on August 28, 1925 in Keokuk, the daughter of Claude Raymond and Bessie McGee Sackman. She was united in marriage to George Allison on May 6, 1962 in Kahoka, MO. He preceded her in death on July 29, 1973.
She had been employed as the manager of the Mode O’Day Clothing Store in Keokuk. She retired after many years of travel as their troubleshooter. She had also worked at J.C. Penny’s and Western Auto both in Keokuk for many years prior.
Darleen was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Keokuk. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Keokuk Area Hospital Auxiliary, BPW and AARP.
Darleen loved her family and friends and was happy doing things for others. She enjoyed making crafts and giving them to family and friends. She also enjoyed planning and giving parties, dancing, bowling, music and helping others, no matter what the task.
She is survived by three daughters, Doris (Don) Leimer of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Audrey Shaffer of Keokuk and Abby (Lennie) Etter of Keokuk, two sons, John Frakes of Keokuk and Chris Frakes of Keokuk, twelve grandchildren, Russ (Shawna) Leimer of Fullerton, CA, Joel (Sallie) Leimer of San Jose, CA, Rob (Deb) Giles of Macomb, IL, Michele Winkel of Union Mills, IN, Shane (Tracy) Etter of Keokuk, Nicole (Alex) Judd of Shawnee, KS, John Paul Frakes of Antioch, CA, Adam (Karen) Frakes of San Francisco, CA, Sarah Jones of Antioch, CA, Ethan Frakes, Jeremy Frakes and Michelle Bennett all of Keokuk, twelve great-grandchildren, Graham and Payton Leimer and Isla and Oona Leimer all of CA, Megan (Hunter) Mynatt of IL, Matthew Giles of IL, Taylor Winkel of MN, Savanha (Jordan) Standish of MN, Lucas Giles of IN, Cassidy (Travis) Fox of MO, Madison Etter of IA, Griffin and Garrett Judd both of KS, Daesha Cale of IA and Destiny Bennett of IA, two brothers, Raymond (Megan) Sackman of Bonnie, IL and Frank Sackman of Alexandria, MO, two sisters, Virginia Price of Kahoka, MO and Mary (Gary) LeMaster of Alexandria, MO, her special friend, Cindy Hoewing and two daughters-in-law, Karen Frakes and Wendy Frakes and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter in infancy, Sharon Roxanna Nye, step-parents, Dora and Dwayne Altmaier, grandparents, Frank and Lucy McGee and brother-in-law, Leonard Price.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk with Reverend Rodney Underwood officiating. Burial will be in the Keokuk National Cemetery.
Visitation will be held after 2 p.m., Sunday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with family meeting with friends from 5-7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post #41 or River Hills Activity Fund.
Darleen’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of River Hills for the many years of loving care they gave their mother.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

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