Iona Darlene (Boyce) Markley passed away on Friday May 27, 2022, at the age of 93 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on June 20, 1929, in Herington, Kansas the daughter of Otis William Boyce and Pearl Elizabeth (Combs) Boyce.
Darlene began her life in Herington and attended Herington High School and graduated in 1947. She started working when she was 14 in a soda shop and at 16 went to work as a bookkeeper and parts sales for an auto dealership. On November 25, 1948, she married Darrell Markley in Herington. To this union two sons were born, Mark and Howard. After getting married she moved to Abilene, Kansas and later moved to Hope, Kansas where she and her husband ran the local telephone exchange, she was the switchboard operator. In 1954 she moved to Syracuse, Kansas where she was a switchboard operator for several years until she and her husband went into the appliance and hardware business which they ran together in three different locations. In 1975 she became the Area VP for the American Cancer Society where she worked until she retired in 1984. She enjoyed living in Syracuse and resided there until her passing.
She was preceded in death by her father, Otis William Boyce, her mother, Pearl Elizabeth (Combs) Boyce, two sisters - Jeanavive Nuse and Juanita Foust
She is survived by two sons - Mark (& wife Delite) Markley of Chesapeake, VA and Howard (& wife Karen) Markley of Syracuse, KS, four grandchildren- Alisha Woods, Andrew Markley, Mark “Adam” Markley & Amber Raiford, eight great grandchildren- Sabrina Smith, Rayne & Jensen Markley, Ivale & McCarter Raiford, Mark “Henry”, Xavier, & Johnathan “Reed” Markley
And numerous family members & friends.
Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM (MDT) at the Syracuse Cemetery in, Syracuse, KS.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 3:00 PM to7:00 PM (MDT) at Fellers Funeral Home LLC, in Syracuse, KS.
In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be payable to American Cancer Society, and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home LLC, P.O. Box 1253, 401 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878. 620-384-5100.
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