Marriage/Family

She met Loy L. Boardman, Crofton, NE, while he was working on US HWY #50 south of Syracuse.  They loved to attend the dances at the Elms Ballroom in Syracuse and were married June 19,1949. They traveled around South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas while Loy worked for List & Clark Construction.  They had seven children:  Barbara Jean, Rodney Dean, Jimmy Loy, Linda Kaye, Danny Wayne, Mary Elaine, & Larry Lee. As the children began schooling, they decided to put roots down and bought a home in Unadilla, Otoe Co, NE.  They would be closer to Darlene's widowed mother, who lived South of Unadilla on the family farm near Burr, NE. Loy worked for Unadilla Hardware as an electrician, plumber, furnace & air conditioning, and a general household repairman.  He later followed in his father's footsteps and began being a county road grader and bridge repair crewman with Otoe County.  Darlene and her widowed sister, Gertrude, purchased a Cafe in Unadilla and started serving homemade bakery items and home cooked meals daily. Darlene had auburn hair and was nicknamed "RED" by Loy.  They named the Cafe - Red's Cafe. They later battled for a liquor license to suppliment the family income and continued to run a successful restaurant until she developed health issues.  The children were grown and leaving the area and she could no longer devote all the long hours demanded by the business. Loy returned to construction work and they started their traveling journeys, which supplied her time to devote to genealogy research of their combined families.

Childhood

Darlene was the daughter of Carl Bismark Fisk & Mary Anna Wagner.  She was born near Anselmo, Custer Co, NE.  Her siblings were Getrude Lavinia, Elsie, Carl Jr. Darrel Burton, Beverly Jean, & Raymond Delton.

She attend Otoe Country School #42 in her elementary years and graduated from Burr High School in 1945, where she participated in the Volleyball team. She had a love of photography and took many pictures of family & friends.  She attend Peru State Teaching College in Peru, NE and obtained her teaching certificate.  She taught school at Otoe County School #80 - Pleasand Dale.  She bought herself a car and I've heard the stories from friends and family how she loved to take them to events, especially dances.  She loved to dance.