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Update Update --Dianne Is Dead.

At 1o:15 this morning, Dianne's heart and lungs stopped workingm,and she was pronounced dead by a hospice nurse at about. eleven.  The seventeen year long battle with failing lungs and legs has been ...lost? ...won? ...completed.

Dianne was born July, 6, 1937 in Idaho Falls to Fern and Yale, residents of Shelley, Idaho.  She was followed by her twin sister, Deanna.  The left side of her body was paralyzed and she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  The doctor said she would not walk and probably should be institutionalized.  Her mother and grandmother refused to accept that prognosis, and when i met her twenty-three years later she was employed as a social worker, university education, and walking with a noticable but slight limp.

A brother and sister were born ten and twelve years later.  Dianne started school a year late, but graduated from Idaho State University 16 years later.  She started work at the Department of Public Assistance (later Health and Welfare) where she met her future husband and his young son..

She paid her husband's way through graduate school working as a medical social worker out of Harborview Hospital in Seattle.  She had the potential to go far in this profession; but she returned to Idaho with her husband and son.  While in Seattle she gave birth to a daughter.  Four years later, another daughter was born in Boise.

Her husband was male and (unbeknownst to them) autistic and each characteristic reinforced the self-centered tendencies of the other.  Twenty-five unhappy years  lay ahead which included drug, alcohol and behavior "problems" in two of the children.

As a teenager she became interested in Roman Catholicism, and at the age of 20 formally joined that church.  The Church has been a source of emotional, spiritual, and social support through the years.

Health problems began  to accumulate in the mid 1990s, and in 2001, her care become her husband's part time, and, later, full time job.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Fern and Yale, her sister Deanna, a beloved uncle, Leo, and several beloved aunts.  She is survived by her husband, Bob; a son, Ed, daughters Karen and Karma. brother Yale, sister JoAnne, nephews and nieces, especially her beloved nephew Steve,
and three grandchildren, Candace, Nick, and Samantha..


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 18th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
My dear friend...
I am so sorry and I hope both you and Dianne have found peace in this transition.
May. 19th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC)

My heart goes out to you, my dear brother. I'm glad she went peaceful. God bless you.

May. 19th, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
Thinking about you, praying for you. From everything you said, it sounds as if Dianne couldn't have had a departure that would suit her better.

I know that you have a lot to deal with, materially and immaterially, yet I hope you're remembering to feed and cosset yourself.
May. 19th, 2016 01:10 am (UTC)
I am so very sorry to hear this. What a great loss, but how fortunate she was to have someone who cared for her so well. Prayers of compassion for her and you.
May. 19th, 2016 02:21 am (UTC)
I'm sorry.
May. 19th, 2016 03:04 am (UTC)
You have my deepest condolences; from reading about her, Dianne sounds like a fascinating, intelligent, super strong woman, and I know she loved you so and was so proud of all your accomplishments in life. Thank you for sharing about her with us as you honor her life and memory. You were so good to her as she faced her crossing over time, and my heart goes out to you.
May. 19th, 2016 03:59 am (UTC)
I am so sorry. She is at peace. You have written a beautiful tribute to her. May, you find ease.
May. 19th, 2016 05:09 am (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Dianne passed peacefully.

This is a difficult transition, losing someone who shared such a big part of your life. Be good to yourself. Give yourself time.

Enjoy your family.

May. 19th, 2016 07:02 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry. My deepest condolences.
May. 19th, 2016 01:44 pm (UTC)
My condolences. Holding you and your family in the Light.
May. 21st, 2016 01:51 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss.
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