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Darlene Jibben poses for a photo with her constant companion, Dusty, at Heron Lake Assisted Living. (Beth Rickers/Daily Globe)

Matter of Life & Death: Woman diagnosed with ALS plans a living funeral

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HERON LAKE -- Long before she faced a devastating medical diagnosis (and long before there was a movie by the name starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson), Darlene Jibben had a bucket list -- things she wanted to do before she "kicked the bucket."


She tackled her fear of heights by hiking through the mountains of Arizona, even dancing upon the top of one mountain.

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