One hundred twenty family members and friends gathered to honor and celebrate Darlene’s 75 years of amazing life.

Darlene and her 12 brothers and sisters grew up in Emporia, Kansas. But life with her husband and five kids took her to Minnesota, before returning to Kansas, then settling in Lincoln, Nebraska where most of her kids are located.  Family is the most important thing in Darlene’s life.

Renal disease has caused Darlene to slow down over the years.  Family gatherings and impromptu visits are memories of the past.  She shared her dream with Shannon Moore, Dietitian at Sumner Place, to celebrate her birthday milestone with her entire family.

After months of planning, Darlene’s birthday celebration was finally here.  With balloons on every table, the biggest chocolate cake she had ever seen and a family filled room.  It was her day, and she looked the part outfitted in a beautiful dress with a matching birthday sash and crown, fit for the queen she is.

The evening was filled with laughter, reminiscing about old memories, and happiness as new memories were created.

Thank you Sumner Place and Clarion Inn and Conference Center for hosting Darlene’s special birthday party.