Darleen Phyllis Kinyon was born September 13, 1927, at Plankinton, SD, to Clint and Katherine (Jones) Straw. She grew up in Plankinton and Plano and graduated from Fulton High School in 1945. She attended Wessington Springs Junior College and Dakota Wesleyan University. On January 20, 1949, she married Marvelle Kinyon at Luverne, MN. She taught in rural schools in Aurora County and was later the Aurora County Register of Deeds. She was a lifelong member of the Plankinton United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School and was a member of the Queen Esther Circle. She was also a member of Live and Learn Study Group, was a boy scout volunteer and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by two sons: Lonny Kinyon of Minneapolis, MN and Rodney Kinyon and wife, Bonnie of Sioux Falls; two grandchildren, Jason Kinyon, Longmont, CO and Jackie (Martin) Denoff, Sioux Falls, SD; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1969, one brother, Dwayne Straw, one daughter, Kathy Kinyon and an infant son, John.