A Funeral Mass for Darry Powers, 67, of Poway, CA, will be held at 10:30 a.m. (CT), Friday, March 20, 2020 at Spirit of Life Catholic Church in Mandan, ND. Father Todd Kreitinger will be the celebrant. Burial will follow at the ND Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan.
Prior to the funeral, a Rosary will be led by Fr. Jerry Kautzman at 10:00 am (CT) at Spirit of Life Church on Friday, March 20th.
Darry passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020, at her home in Poway, CA.
Daretia “Darry” Ellen Boespflug was born on July 19, 1952, to Richard C. and Esther Boespflug. Born and raised in the small town of Killdeer, ND, Darry’s upbringing provided a strong foundation in faith, an impressive work ethic, and a personal desire to serve not only her family, but her community and country, as well. At an early age, Darry became very involved in her local community church and was actively helping her mom with her younger sisters. Upon graduating in 1970, Darry happily enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. It was as a Marine, that she met and married a fellow Marine and the father of her two children, Troy R.B. and Amy Rose. She continued to serve her community as a mother, a Marine wife, a PTA member, and Sunday school teacher. Darry’s love for community was passed onto her children as they began to share in her devotion. Together as a family, they taught Sunday school, helped those in need, and participated in the community Civil Air Patrol. This shared focus and dedication guided her son, Troy, to join the USMC in 1993. Darry continued her support of the Civil Air Patrol, the local hospice, and became highly involved with the local animal rescue, her true passion. By 2001, both her children were grown; Troy in the USMC and her daughter, Amy, finishing law school and married to a Marine. Darry began various care package initiatives. These were sent to, not only her “two sons”, but also their entire units. Over the years, Darry and her community collected hundreds of items that were sent overseas in support of our troops. This type of gesture epitomized Darry’s character, as always putting her family, community, and country before herself. No matter what she faced in life, Darry always remained positive and steadfast in her faith. Darry embodied the belief that life is meant to be of service. She displayed this conviction day in and day out. Darry believed that no matter the mission, we embrace it and persevere, we put others first and always try to make a difference in order to leave this world a better place.
Darry has made an enormous difference in the lives of many and will be greatly missed by her children, Troy (Dawn) Powers and Nathanial of Bulverde, Texas, Amy (Tanner) Fish and Alexis of Dallas, Oregon; sisters, Sherri (Tim) Marquart and family of Las Vegas, NV, Carley (Dr. David) Strand and family of Sioux Falls, SD, Dickie Jo (Arlen) Kubas of South Heart, ND; aunt, Shirley Privratsky of Dickinson, ND; numerous cousins, friends, and her two beloved Chihuahuas, Tobi and Tami.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial be given to a local humane society or veteran organization.