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Imogene (Gene) Darrah

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:24 a.m. CDT

Imogene (Gene) Darrah, 104, Oregon, an accomplished pianist, teacher, business partner, wife, mother and friend died on Thursday, March 21, 2013, approaching her 105th birthday. 

She was born Imogene Anderson on Aug. 4, 1908, the youngest of three children born to Peter A. Anderson and Anna Priscilla (Sorenson). 

She grew up in Atlantic, Iowa, and attended Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Rapids, where she majored in music. 

While teaching in Kanawha, Iowa, she met her future husband, Bert Darrah, and later moved to Illinois where she helped her husband establish and develop an international trading firm, B.W. Darrah, Inc., which is still owned and operated by their son.

Before retiring to Oregon in 1971, Gene and her family lived in Wheaton where she was active in the Wheaton House and Garden Club, served as President of the Woman's Department Club, P.E.O, and other philanthropic organizations.  

While their children were young, Gene spent every summer near Birchwood, a small town in northwestern Wisconsin, nurturing her family in a summer cabin without electricity or running water.

After retiring to Oregon in 1971, Gene remained active in P.E.O. Chapter IU, the Methodist Church choir, and other local organizations.

She enjoyed gardening on the Darrahs’ 10 woodland acres where they became known for their daffodil walks.

Gene is survived by her daughter Babs (Tom) Moody and son Dick (Barbara) Darrah; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Her bright smile and inspiring spirit will be greatly missed by many that knew and admired her.

Memorial services were held March 26 at Oregon United Methodist Church.

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, assisted the family with arrangements.

Visit www .farrellhollandgale.com to leave online condolences.

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