Patricia Susan Oberman Darbyshire, age 81, of rural Yarmouth, died Friday, October 7, 2022, at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington. Born January 26, 1941, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Jack and Wilma Kepper Oberman. On December 14, 1962, in Yarmouth, she married Larry Darbyshire.
She was a 1959 graduate of Yarmouth High School and a 1962 graduate of Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa. Pat practiced her nursing degree at Burlington Medical Center, Morning Sun Care Center, Morning Sun Clinic, and upon retirement she was the school nurse at Morning Sun Elementary and substitute nurse at Mediapolis.
Pat was a Sunday School Teacher, 4-H leader of the North Corner Cloverettes 4-H Club, president/director of the Des Moines County Fair Board, Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed attending her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughters’ events; knitting; reading; sports, more specifically the Iowa Hawkeyes and the St. Louis Cardinals; and spending time with her family. Pat was, in every part of her being, a caregiver.
Survivors include two daughters: Mary Steffener of Sperry and Pam (Dan) Massner of Mediapolis; a son, Tom (Sheila) Darbyshire of Morning Sun; nine grandchildren; two-step grandsons; six great granddaughters; five step-great grandchildren, two sisters: Claudia (Robert) Eldridge of New London and Peggy Linder of Dixon, Illinois; one brother, George (Cindy) Oberman of Dexter; sister-in-law, Dixie Hauswirth of Morning Sun; and several nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband Larry, her parents, son-in-law David Steffener, brother-in-laws David Linder and Lawrence Hauswirth, and nephew Curtis Hauswirth.
Family will meet with friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2022, at Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services in Mediapolis.
The funeral ceremony for Patricia Darbyshire will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022, at Yarmouth Community Church. Burial will follow at the Trinity Cemetery in rural Mt. Union.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Mediapolis Library Children’s Programs and the Yarmouth Fire Department/EMS.