Darlene Garrison


Darlene Garrison

Darlene Lavonne Garrison, age 82 of Redwood Falls, formerly of Clarksville, IA, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Franklin Rehab and Healthcare Center in Franklin, MN. Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 18 at Lynwood Cemetery in Clarksville. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Darlene Lavonne Garrison was born March 7, 1936 to Eugene and Vivian (Petitt) Waterman in Chickasaw County, IA.  She attended Clarksville Community Schools.  On August 16, 1953, Darlene married James Garrison at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  Together the couple made their home in Clarksville, IA, after living in several communities.  In 1974, the couple relocated in Redwood Falls, MN where Jim opened his own branch of Saladmaster Cookware Dealership.  Darlene also worked as a cook at the school for several years, and supported her husband in his business.  In 1985 they purchased the A&W restaurant.    She later was a cook and server at Tersteegs Deli for over 10 years until retiring at the age of 78.   Darlene was an active member in the Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon.  She enjoyed flower gardening, walking, shopping and going out to eat.  Darlene loved spending time outdoors and watching and feeding the birds. She enjoyed going on vacations and on road trips.  Darlene loved visiting with family and friends.

Darlene is survived by her children: James A. Garrison Jr. (Melanie) of Fairfax, Lorraine (Dalton) Borneman of Belle Plaine, Douglas Garrison of Redwood Falls, Mark A. Garrison of Redwood Falls (special friend Joan Miller of Sioux Falls, SD); grandchildren: Gary, Paula, Jessica & Frank Garrison, Jason (Kari) Borneman, and Ashley Carity; great grandchildren: Charlie Jo, Kayla & Alexandra; great great grandchild Blake; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim and brother Lyle.


  1. MaryKay Kerkhoff says

    My sincerest Sympathy to Darlene’s Family. Your mother was a sweetheart.

  2. Steve Hennessey says

    Thanks Darlene for all the fun and happy memories through the years.
    When I came to A&W you and Jim sort of adopted me. We always joked that you were my American “mum and Dad” and made me feel right at home in my new country. I will always be grateful.
    Rest in peace.

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