Green Burial

Irene Elaine Dark


Memorial visitation for Irene Elaine (Kibbee) Dark, 79, Lawrence will be held 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. She passed away January 25, 2014 at the Arbor, Brandon Woods Health Center.
She was born on July 25, 1935 in Effingham, Kansas to Roy Charles Kibbee and Musie Irene (Christie) Kibbee.
She graduated from Lecompton High School. Irene worked for KP&L – Westar Energy for 40 years in the Lawrence area until her retirement in 1992. She was Past Noble Grand of Lecompton Rebecca Lodge, Past president of the Lawrence Chapter of Alturas International, Past member of Lawrence and Alvamar County Clubs, and a member of the Lecompton United Methodist Church and the Lecompton Historical Society.
She loved to travel, fish and play golf.
She married Robert Elton Dark on June 13, 1954 in Lecompton, KS. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sisters, Thelma Bellinger and Dale, Lawrence, KS, Mary Francis Soetart and Bob, Tonganoxie, Dorothy Hetzel and John, LeRoy, KS; sister-in-law, Carol Kibbee, Lecompton; several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Kenneth and Melvin Kibbee and a sister, Lois Hamrick.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Douglas County VNA or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Topeka and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


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  • Mike George says:

    I had the good fortune to work with Irene and know her and Bob for a number of years. She was a good friend, but more importantly, a very wonderful lady and a pillar in the Lecompton and Lawrence communities. I will miss her.

  • Curtis Crane says:

    Sharon and I are so sorry to hear of Renie’s passing. We have many fond memories of her. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Curt & Sharon

  • Erv Hodges says:

    We are sorry we are unable to say good-bye as we are in Arizona but we will always remember Renie’s wonderful smiles. Erv and Shirley Hodges

  • Tabetha and Owen Mallonee says:

    Bob, we are so very sorry to hear of Renie’s passing. She was a lovely lady and always treated everyone with such kindness and compassion. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers during these difficult times.

  • Dennis R. Nelson says:

    Bob and Family,
    The Nelson family is sorry to hear of Renie’s passing. We have you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
    Dennis Nelson

  • Connie Bishop says:

    Dear Bob and family, I am so sorry to hear of Renee’s passing.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    May God grant you peace and comfort from the happy memories that you have of her.

  • Jamie Roadhouse says:

    Bob & Tiny
    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
    Just know we are thinking of you and keeping you in out thoughts and prayer.
    Troy & Jamie Roadhouse

  • Travis Harper says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that Irene passed away. I have a lot of great memories of going trick or treating around Lecompton with her when we were kids. We had a lot of fun back then. I’ll never forget those times. She was a truly great lady.

  • Janice Allison says:


    Jeff and I are so very sorry for your loss. We have many wonderful memories of Renie from the great times we shared over the years! Jeff and Janice

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  • Denny & Mary Stauffer says:

    It was with real sadness that we read of Rene’s passing. I was interested to see that one writer mentioned Halloween when he thought of her. One of my earliest memories of growing up in Lecompton is also about that. I remember coming to your house as a boy of nine or ten and trick or treating. Rene always had the best treats, Snickers as I remember. This, I think, was typical of her generous and fun loving nature. I will always remember her this way,

    Denny Stauffer

  • Carmen Shultz says:

    Dearest Bob,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Renie. Our thoughts and prayer are with you. Carmen & Jeff Shultz