Darb Ahrens left her failing earthly body and assumed her incorruptible heavenly body the afternoon of Sept. 10, 2011. As her immediate family surrounded her bed, held her hands, stroked her forehead and softly sang her favorite hymns, Darb quietly passed from this earth and into heaven with dignity and grace.
Mina Darlene Ahrens (Spencer) was born April 28, 1929, and was the eighth of 11 surviving children of Ralph and Elsie Spencer of Weissert. Darb was raised on the Spencer homestead farm near Weissert, where she attended school and the Church of God.
Darb was living and working in Broken Bow when she was introduced to “a good looking young man with black hair”. Jerry and Darb were married New Year’s Eve, 1948, and proceeded to spend their entire two-week honeymoon snowed in at the Spencer farm.
Jerry and Darb lived and farmed nine miles south of Arnold, where they raised three children; Cindy, John, and Carla. In 1984, they retired from farming and moved into Arnold.
Darb was devoted to her husband and children, but her heart of compassion also extended to anyone in need. It was not uncommon for Jerry and Darb to have someone, related or not, living in their home for weeks and even months at a time while Darb ministered to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. People were the focus of Darb’s life and as a result, she positively impacted a host of individuals who were blessed by her loving smile and, on occasion, that mischievous twinkle in her eye.
Darb is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jerry (John) W. Ahrens; her children, Cindy (Cynthia) Ahrens of Benson, Ariz., John and wife LuAnn Ahrens of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Carla and husband John Huscher of Norfolk; five sisters; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Darb’s life of compassion was Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Arnold Baptist Church where Darb was a member. Pastor Irving Jennings officiated and burial was at the Arnold Cemetery. A memorial to the Baptist Church has been established.
Arnold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Sept. 15, 2011