Diane Marie King

June 2, 1950June 24, 2018

Diane King (nee Booker) age 68 of Albion passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Remus, Michigan. She was born in Windsor, Canada on June 2, 1950 the daughter of Marie and Len Booker. She is survived by her husband, John, children: Sarah (Dave) Fink-King, Katie King, Betsy (Jeremy) Steinert, Sam Miller; She was a Beloved Grammie and Deedee to Evan McKensie, Sammie Fink-King, Clinton and Ellie Steinert. She also leaves siblings: Steve (Gail) Booker, Judy (Chris) Adelman and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins she adored.

Diane and her parents immigrated to the United States when she was a toddler. She became a US citizen at age 16.

Diane was a graduate of St. Clair High School and Ferris State University dental assisting program. Later, she went on to earn her Bachelors degree from Spring Arbor University and a Masters degree from Western Michigan University.

John and Diane met at Ferris and lived and vacationed in several special places, especially Cedarville, Michigan and the cabin in Big Rapids.

Diane worked in the dental field for over 15 years and then became the Administrator at the Jackson Friendly Home assisted living facility.

Outside of work, Diane was an avid crafter and lover of music and the arts. She was also active with the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. She gave birth to three daughters who were her pride and joy and “adopted” a son in 2000. Diane took many young people under her wing including foreign exchange students and local kids who considered her a second mother.

Diane was a Girl Scout troop leader, a Destination Imagination and Odyssey of the Mind coach, a member of the Jackson BPW, and volunteer for all the music and theatre events her family was involved in.

She loved being a grandma more than anything. After retirement, she became passionate about genealogy, tracing family members back as far as the 1600s.

She and her husband John lived in Albion for over 30 years and were married for 48 years. She was known as “Mama King” by countless kids and friends of her children.

She is preceded in death by her parents Marie and Len Booker, fathers- and mother-in-law Yukon Jack King, Bryce and Helen Parker.

A Memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, June 29, 2018 with visitation beginning at 11:30 AM until the time of service at 1 PM at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 W. Erie Street, Albion with Rev. Mother Darlene Kuhn officiating. The family is being served by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Wheatland Music Organization Scholarship Fund in her name. For more information, email


  • Visitation Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 29, 2018

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Glee Bradley Gates

February 19, 2019

I just saw Diane's name in the Ferris magazine. I am so sorry to hear of her death. Diane and I shared many good times as roommates at Ferris. Although we were put together as strangers we became friends. I remember when she met John...they were soul mates. We all shared the Big Rapids cabin from time to time and we had such good times there! I wish I had known you were so close by when we visited Michigan but we never stayed in touch. We were only a few miles apart. John & Diane were married the Saturday before Craig & I so we weren't able to attend each other's weddings but I see she shared one last anniversary with John and was gone only 4 days later. My heartfelt sorrow to all of you for your loss. May her love and life be remembered by all those she touched.

Jean Taffs

July 2, 2018

The King family and we were neighbors on Brockway Place for many years, and attended the same church. I remember being awed by Betsy's musical knowledge in choir--the result of a good musical family background. Diane was such a good mother and such a good teacher! John, and girls, I know her leaving made a hole in your lives. I'll think of her often.

Jean Taffs


July 2, 2018

Dear King Family,
So shocked to read this today on FB. I am very sorry for your loss. Diane was a friend to all who knew her. She had a positive way of looking at situations and making people feel very comfortable with them selves and others. My sincerest sympathy to you all.

Beth Patton

July 2, 2018

Dear John and family,
I am so very sorry to read of the loss of your beautiful Diane. I remember her as a devoted wife and a wonderful advocate for you, John. I'm glad that I met her and heard so many stories of her remarkable life. You will be in my prayers!


June 29, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss . I meet Diane when my sister moved into the Friendly home. She was such a kind and loving woman. She was so wonderful. Prayers for the family.

Ginny Tunnicliff

June 28, 2018

Dear John, Sarah, Katie, and Betsy— I am very sorry for your loss! I know you will miss her tremendously. Diane was so easy to be around—easy to talk to, made me laugh—and a wonderful neighbor! John, you and Diane raised three amazing daughters and some of the best babysitters ever. My heart aches for you. Take good care of each other. I’m sending love and hugs.

Beth Smith

June 28, 2018

Diane let me intern at the Friendly Home. She always had a smile no matter what was happening. She made laugh and look at life in a different way. I enjoyed coming to the Home. She was a great friend and mentor. I will miss her immensely.

Michelle Owens-Koeppen

June 28, 2018

John, Sarah, Katie and Betsy, my heart just broke for you all as I read of your loss. Diane was such an incredibly warm, generous and kind spirit. I enjoyed the time and conversations I had with her backstage in various productions. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tamara Johnson

June 28, 2018

Dear John, Sarah, Katie, and Betsy,
I'm so sorry for your loss. You could not have asked for a more wonderful wife and mother. She was such a kind and gentle soul. She loved her family fiercely. She was such a perfect fit for the Jackson Friendly Home for elderly ladies with her loving and kind ways. I remember talking to her one day and how excited she was to finally be a grandmother and then there were 3 more for her to love and spoil. Cherish your wonderful memories.
With sympathy and love,
Tamara Johnson

Janice Shedd

June 28, 2018

To John and girls, Please know that we are so very sorry for your loss. Diane was one of the kindest woman I have known and was blessed to have worked with her, not only at the dentist office until her leaving to go back to school and become a Director of the Friendly Home of Jackson or at city wide functions. No matter what she put her mind to was always a success. She loved her family and her friends without question. My youngest son and she shared a birthday and never once did she not call or e-mail a "Happy Birthday" wish to him. We were given a great gift to have had her in our lives and for that I and my family will be forever grateful. Miss you sweet lady: "today, tomorrow and always."