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Darla Kennon

Darla Rose Kennon, 83, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

She was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Perryville to Cletus S. and Iva H. (Steinbecker) Nesslein.

Her greatest joy came from spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved taking trips to Branson. She was owner and secretary of Kennon Construction Co. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Cape Girardeau.

Survivors include one son, Leroy Kennon of Perryville; three daughters, Sharon (Keith) Ehlers of Perryville, Karen (John) Huber of Jackson, Amy (Gerry) Jones of Cape Girardeau; daughter-in-law Linda Kennon; two brothers, Gary (Sue) Nesslein of Prairie Village, KS, and Ken (Sue) Nesslein of Perryville; sister, Brenda (Jim) Harold of Walla Walla, WA,; grandchildren, Jeremy (Tiffany) Kennon, Nathan (Kibby) Kennon, Leticia (Jason) Kelley, Brian (Heather) Ehlers, Matthew (Amanda) Huber, Chad (Kyla) Huber, Riley Huber, Jed Jones, William Jones, John Henry Jones, Isabel Jones, Chance (Beth) Thompson, Colby (Ashley) Thompson, Heather Bockman; 18 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett H. Kennon; first husband Harold Graff Jr.; father, Cletus S. Nesslein; stepmother mother, Cleta F. Nesslein; mother, Iva H. Steinbecker; son Gary Kennon; daughter-in-law, Renee Kennon.

Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 20, from 8 to 10 a.m. with funeral service following at 10 a.m. at Ford and Young Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Hill officiating. Burial was at Whitewater Christian Cemetery in Perryville.

Memorial contributions may be given to The Church of the Nazarene in Cape Girardeau. Online condolences may be made at Ford & Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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