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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."

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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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