Deirdre “Dee” KaRen (Darling) Prouty, 57, passed away October 30, 2021, in her home surrounded by her family.
Dee, or Carrie as she was known to many family members, was born on August 30, 1964, in Fairbury, Nebraska, the daughter of Linda (Kuper) Darling. Dee attended Beatrice High School in Beatrice Nebraska, graduating with the class of 1982. Following high-school she attended college in Fairbury where she took several courses.
On November 10, 1990, Dee was united in marriage to Theodore “Butch” Prouty Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. They would have celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this November.
Dee was beautiful inside and out and had an admirable, out-going personality. She was a friend to all. Throughout life’s hardest moments and trials Dee kept a strong, positive attitude. She never let the diagnosis of cancer get her down. She battled for 10 years and endured so much but she never wavered. It was also very important to her to do her part when it came to new drug trials or cancer treatments. Her contributions will never be forgotten and will help so many people.
For over 30 years Dee called Cargill her work-home, where she was well respected and a dedicated employee. She was loved by her co-workers and friends, who became her family. Dee was employed as a transportation and operations coordinator; though she wore many different hats and worked in various departments.
A family-oriented person, Dee enjoyed spending time with Butch and growing closer to God together, attending everything her daughter Rachel was involved in, she was her number one fan. Dee loved bowling, winning at the casino with her sister, playing with her granddaughters and shopping for them. She also loved to be at any of her niece’s and nephew’s activities. She would frequently travel many hours to be there for family. She loved her people so very much.
Dee is survived by her loving husband, Theodore “Butch” Prouty, Jr.; daughter, Rachel Prouty and partner, Jerod Marsteller; step-son, Ben Prouty; grandchildren, Kayli, Izi and Brooklyn Marsteller, and Anaston Prouty; sister, Denise Alexander and husband, Richard of Ayr, NE; brothers, Steve Darling and wife, Jeanne of Apache Junction, AZ, and Scott Darling and wife, Diane of Bend, OR; Cousin, Dana Dolieslager; brother-in-law Rick Prouty and wife, Diane; sister-in-law’s, Lisa Schmidt and husband, Kevin, and Maggie Smet, and husband Craig; aunt, Carlene Kuper; nieces and nephews, Chelsea, Brett, Ryan, Trevor, Katina, Travis, Rich, Christi, Becky, Chris, Melissa, Samantha, Katie, and Emmaleah; and many more dear family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Linda Darling; mother-in-law, Phyllis Prouty; father-in-law, Ted Prouty, Sr.; and aunts, Leann Davidson and Elaine “Tuttie” Greenwood.
A visitation will be from 5PM – 9PM, Friday, November 5, 2021, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, with the family greeting friends from 6PM – 8PM. A funeral service will be at 10AM, Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Sedgwick, Kansas, 402 N. Commercial Avenue. Graveside will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Sedgwick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Theodore Prouty for an educational fund for Dee’s granddaughters, Brooklyn and Anaston.