M. Claudia Darrah
October 30, 1922 - October 26, 2017

Mass of Christian Burial for Claudia will be 12:00 p.m., Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Interment is in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. Visitation is 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Claudia was born October 30, 1922 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Emmet and Mary Veronica (Jennings) Shea. She attended St. Ellen's Catholic School before graduating from Emmetsburg High School in 1940. Claudia then attended Emmetsburg Jr. College.

On February 6, 1947, Claudia was united in marriage to Robert Fred Darrah at St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix, Arizona. The couple lived in Phoenix, but moved back to Iowa to farm in 1974.

Claudia was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She loved farming with her husband, telling old stories and family history. She had a wealth of knowledge on the history of Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County. Raw almonds , a bit of chocolate and frequent trips to the A & W were among her favorite things. She will be remembered for her quick wit, her outgoing personality and her attention to every detail.

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, Claudia passed away at the Palo alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Elizabeth Ann Darrah of Snoqualmie, Washington and Robert Fred Darrah (Lonna) of Spencer, Iowa; four grandchildren: Tyler Anderson (Carrie Bartlett), Stevn Anderson, Lonnie Darrah (Kim) and Sheila Cassibo; great-grandchildren: Michael Darrah (Anne) Matthew Darrah, Brittany Frink, Brianna Poole (John) Juniper Anderson and Bastion Dracen; great-great-grandchildren: Camryn Darrah, Lillian Darrah, Isaiah Poole, Eian Poole, Justin Garrett, Jorden Garrett, Kenzie Garrett; and her many friends in the community.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert.
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Visitation Information

Family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Map & Driving Directions

Date & Time

Fri, November 3, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Joyce Funeral Home
2302 23rd Street
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536

Service Information

Map & Driving Directions

Date & Time

Sat, November 4, 2017
12:00 PM


Holy Family Catholic Church
2001 Broadway Street
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536


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Deb Davis
Nov 5, 2017

it takes a Village to raise a child. It takes a Village to care for the elderly. I thank everyone that helped Claudia stay in her home until her stroke. She was a very special lady and will always be in my heart. Lo... more

Nov 5, 2017
it takes a Village to raise a child. It takes a Village to care for the elderly. I thank everyone that helped Claudia stay in her home until her stroke. She was a very special lady and will always be in my heart. Love Deb

Deb Davis
Rose Mary (Stillman) Campney
Nov 4, 2017

Claudia was a great lady. I am not in Emmetsburg too often, but when I am and if I saw her, she always could call me by name. She always had a story to tell.

marcia beatty
Nov 3, 2017

This lady was so great! We will miss her. Condolences to her family and close friends... she's smiling on us all Tony and Marcia

Arlet Johnson
Nov 2, 2017

Jerry and I always enjoyed talking to Claudia! She was always so upbeat! I will miss our visits! Sympathies to her family and friends.

Dave or Julia Nixon
Nov 2, 2017

Condolences to all of Claudia's family. Have known and admired Claudia all of my life. RIP, Claudia. With sincere sympathy, Judy and Dave Nixon

Shari Morgan
Oct 30, 2017

We at Dunigans are really going to miss Claudia. She was such a joy every time she came in and each of us would sit and talk with her. We all love you Claudia.


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