Funeral services for Darla Mae Stewart age 80 of Pender, NE will be on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emerson, NE. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Emerson, NE. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point, NE is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Darla passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender, NE.
Darla Mae (Schroeder) Kai Stewart, was born on October 18, 1940 to William “Henry” and Buena Mae (Winbolt) Schroeder in Emerson, NE. She had one brother younger than her, Darwyn Lee.
She and Darwyn lived on the family farm with their parents, farming until 1956, when the family moved to town. They both attended Country School and Emerson Public School, where Darla graduated from in 1958. She was Drum Majorette for the band.
In 1958, she married a sailor, Mylen Joseph Kai, to this union a daughter was born, Teresa Mae, in 1960. Darla worked at various jobs during her employment years, Walbaum’s, Pender Community Hospital, Curtiss Law Office, The Royal D Bar, Stage III Café, and she later helped her second husband lay water lines, with Stewart Trenching, and rode the Trimble Bean Buggy.
She and Mylen divorced in 1967, and in 1968 was married to Glen E Stewart in Yankton, SD with friends, Butch and Mikki Kubik standing up for them.
While married to Glen, she learned to drive a straight truck, and how to load cattle, so she could go with Glen on long hauls and see the Country.
Darla sobered up on March 8, 1971. She celebrated 50 years of sobriety this year.
After retiring, she took up reading, learned to crochet, she and Glen enjoyed camping, fishing, and gardening. Glen grew the garden and she canned what was grown. She loved music. She and Glen later divorced.
She became a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, was a member of the Fern Rebekah Lodge, the Emerson Betterment Group, and the Saturday morning Coffee Group at the Emerson Library.
Her last years were spent in several assisted living and nursing home facilities, the last one being Legacy Garden in Pender, NE. She loved spending time with her family.
Daughter-Teresa Mae Kai of Lincoln, NE
Granddaughter-Laura LeAnna and Neil Kappler
Great Granddaughter-Aurora Elizabeth
Cousins and Friends of Bill W also survive her.
Darla was preceded in death by her parents-Henry and Buena, her brother-Darwyn, ex-husbands-Mylen and Glen, in-laws, aunts, uncles, and cousins.