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TRUMAN – Darlene Brummond, 78, of Truman, died of complications from liver cancer on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the Mayo Clinic Health System ICU in Mankato, Minnesota, surrounded by her family. . A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman, with the Reverend Timothy A. Chase officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 16 at the Zaharia Funeral Home in Truman and one hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Interment will be Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Online condolences can be left and the live stream of the service can be viewed at www.zahariafamilyfuneral.com. Zaharia Funeral Home of Truman is helping the family make arrangements.

Darlene Mae Brummond was born June 27, 1943 in the Hunte household (currently owned by Dave and Cathy Sorenson) in Truman, daughter of Lloyd and Lillian (Tenhoff) Matson. She was baptized at Christ Church in Truman and later confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman. She graduated from Truman High School in 1961, then enrolled in a six-month secretarial course at Mankato Commercial College. There, she took the civil service test and became a US government employee for 8 years, working in Minneapolis and San Francisco. She became one of the first staff members who opened the Social Security office at Fairmont in 1967 and remained there until 1970, when she became a stay-at-home mom. She worked at Truman Farmers Elevator and Tomlinson Northwest Farm Planners from 1973 to 1977. In 1978 she became a Peoples State Bank employee transferring to the Fairmont office of Profinium Financial in 2003 until retiring after 31 years (for the first time) in 2009. She returned to work for them a few times to help out, eventually retiring completely in 2017. In her “retirement years” she worked part-time for Truman Public Utilities and Tennyson Construction. On March 21, 1970, she married Kenneth Brummond at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman. Kenny and Darlene have lived their entire married life in the house Darlene grew up in across from Truman Elementary School. This union was blessed with two children, Stephanie Kay and Jason Kenneth. They shared 52 years together as husband and wife.

Darlene was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 115 in Truman, served in the Alter Guild in St. Paul’s Lutheran, served as a Truman Election Judge for many years, and a board member and treasurer of the Truman Historical Association. Darlene and Kenny enjoyed going to NASCAR races with their family and friends in their younger years. Darlene loved watching her children and grandchildren at all the events they attended and seeing her granddaughters and great-granddaughters in their dance recitals. She loved scrapbooking and made several scrapbooks. Her greatest love was her family and she cherished all the fun times spent with them. Left to cherish her memory are her husband; children, Steph (Jason) McFarland and Jason (Amber) Brummond; grandchildren, Mackenzie (Lucas) Freeman, Brian McFarland, Sophia Brummond and Henry Brummond; great-grandchildren, Lillian, Charlotte and Theodore Freeman, all of Fairmont; sister-in-law, Roxy Brummond of Grenada; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Along with her parents Lloyd and Lillian Matson and stepmother Lulu Kneeland Matson (who raised her from age 8), she was predeceased by her stepparents, Carl and Ella (Ritz) Brummond; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Margaret) Matson and William (Dorothy) Matson; brothers-in-law, Ernest Brummond and James Brummond; sisters-in-law, Laura Sheppard, Betty Nowak and Elaine Redmond; two half-brothers; and seven half-sisters. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to the Truman Historical Association.

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