Dara Lee Larson Jeffries Tillquist fell into the arms of Jesus on September 29, 2021 at 6:40 p.m. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine. Rev. Jeremy Thomas will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery followed by lunch at the Vet’s Club in Belle Plaine.
Dara Lee was born on March 8, 1939 to Richard and Genevieve (Froehlick) Larson in Winnebago, Minnesota. She graduated from Winnebago High School in 1956 and later married Lee Jeffries. Their marriage was blessed with 4 children: Brian Lee, Mark Steven, Donna Lee, and Michael Bennett. In 1983, she married Richard Tillquist and welcomed two stepdaughters: Kristi Ann, and Karin Marie. Together they built a beautiful life of love, and enjoyed singing, music, traveling, gardening, and entertaining for 37 years.
Dara Lee’s kindness and faith in Jesus was apparent in all she did, and she blessed everyone around her with her warmth and hospitality, using her gifts as an accomplished painter, seamstress, gardener, and hostess. She was forever making things beautiful and wonderful for others. Jesus sustained Dara Lee in all things, and was her source of joy and strength through all of the highs and lows of life. We rejoice that she is home, even as we grieve.
Dara Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Tillquist, her parents, her sister, Bonnie Lyles, and brother, Bob Larson.
She is survived by her children Brian (Pam) Jeffries, Mark (Lynn) Jeffries, Donna (Mark) Kremer, and Michael (Liza) Jeffries. Her step-daughters: Kristi (Mike) Yee, and Karin (Tom) Miller. Grandchildren: Erin Busse; Nathaniel Jeffries; Gracia, Timothy, Ross, Mitchel, Lee, and Samuel Kremer; Allyson Parenteau; Katey and Christian Yee; and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Kathleen Luegge, and Linda McCaw; brother-in- law, Paul Tillquist; many nieces, nephews and friends.
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