Marilyn “Darlene” Griffith


Marilyn “Darlene” Griffith

Des Moines

Marilyn “Darlene” Griffith, 86, of Des Moines, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Iowa Methodist Hospital. Darlene was born on December 18, 1930 in Ogden, Iowa to Luella and Edward Nelson.

Darlene enjoyed sewing, teaching others to sew, quilting but most of all she treasured time with her family and friends. She loved traveling and wintering in Texas. Darlene was the matriarch of her family and she will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish her loving memory are her sons, Bob (Diane), Tom (Melanie) and Jim (Kathy); eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; brother, Don (Judy) Nelson; and many other loving family and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gail in 2003 and her brother, Dean Nelson.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, 6411 SE 5th Street. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society in memory of Darlene.

On-line condolences may be expressed at

Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2017 – See more at:

Mrs. Griffith is the mother of classmate Tom Griffith.





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