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Darlene Tennyson

Darlene Marlys (Hafner) Tennyson passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 3rd after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, ND.

Darlene was born in San Francisco, CA, on June 23, 1944 to parents Herman and Eleanor Hafner. She attended Mr. D Town & Country Beauty College and worked as a beautician for a number of years prior to raising her children. Darlene met the love of her life in 1964, she and Tom were married on August 3rd, 1965. They made their home in Carrington, ND, and enjoyed a full and happy life together for nearly 56 years.

Darlene was active at her parish Altar Society at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a member of a quilting group. She worked at the Foster County Independent for almost 40 years.

Her hobbies included reading, gardening, quilting, going for walks and traveling. Darlene was known for a kind and loving heart, visiting people at the nursing home. Her biggest joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband, Tom; her children, Shawn (Jackie) Tennyson, Fargo, ND, Amy (Tim) Perleberg, New Rockford, ND, Darin Tennyson, Champions Gate, FL; her grandchildren, Hailey (Steven) Hoff, Morgan (Kaleb) Edmonson, Jake Perleberg, Lindsey and Emma Tennyson, and Meghan (Grant) Richardson; sisters Shirley Kirby, Sparks, NV, Judy (Fred) Bussell, Cookeville, TN, brother Albert (Flo) Hafner, Palm Coast, FL, and sister-in-law Karen Henne, New Brighton, MN; great grandchildren Thomas and Mila Edmonson, Gracelyn Hoff and Brynn Richardson.

Darlene is preceded in death by her father Herman, brother Paul and mother Eleanor.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Darlene’s memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Carrington Cemetery Association.


Her Visitation will be Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 12:00PM-8:30PM, with Family Present from 6:30PM-8:30PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 10:30AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington.

Her Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Please accept our deepest sympathies. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. You were great neighbors and we were privileged to live next to you and have you as friends. Hold the memories and she will continue to be with you.

  2. My heart aches for Darlene’s family. Such a wonderful mother wife and friend. She will be missed by all. RIP my friend.

  3. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  4. So sorry to hear of Darlenes passing. She was a good friend and classmate. We would visit at the independent when we came back from California and Iowa She will be missed by all.

  5. Prayers going out for all the family. She was a great classmate.
    She will be truly missed by everyone.

  6. We are so sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing, our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. Darlene and I go back many. many years, “Rest in Peace my Friend”
    Russ & Fran

  7. Tom and family, so very sorry to here of Darlenes passing. Prayers said for all with our deepest sympathy.

  8. It is with a heavy heart that I read of Darlene’s passing. I enjoyed working with her at the Independent. She was one of the nicest people I have ever met. God bless you during this difficult time.

  9. Tom & Family,
    We were so sorry to read of Darlene’s passing. She was such a kind lady. She will be missed. May she Rest In Peace, Our Deepest Sympathy, Steve & Jane Metzger

  10. So sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Hugs to all.

  11. I am so shocked and saddened to learn about Darlene’s death. She was such a great professional and cared about people. Warm memories of her will live on for many people. My deep sympathy to her family.

    Carol Wenstrom West

  12. Darlene was a best friend during my high school years. I stayed overnights at her house often being a farm girl and needing/wanting to be in town. Seems she was a true and good friend to anyone she dealt with. Her family must be full of “goodness” stories. I hope you all can tell them often so those grandchildren and great grandchildren will know Darlene!

  13. Our sympathy to you, Tom, and your family. She was such a good Mom and Grandma… and friend. Darlene and I worked together at the Independent all those years. She made coming to work fun.

  14. Tom, Shawn, Amy and Darin – My sympathies to all of you. Darlene was always so pleasant and friendly wherever I’d see her in town. Prayers to all of you and may she rest in peace.

  15. Tom & Family, our thoughts, prayers, & deepest sympathy to you & your family. God bless


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