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Diane Jean Howard

November 27, 1946October 31, 2019

Diane J. Howard, age 73, died October 31, 2019 at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, CO, surrounded by family. Although Diane was an exceptional artist, gourmet cook, and devoted Denver Bronco fan, she will be remembered most as a fun, energetic, thoughtful, and deeply loving wife, mother and friend.

Diane was married to W. Mike Howard for nearly 50 years and together they traveled the world and enjoyed plenty of fine cuisine and theater. In addition to her husband Mike, Diane is also survived by: two sons, Dane (Lori) and Brett (Joey), and her daughter Dena (Jason); grandchildren Chloe and Tucker, as well as her brother Stephen Dailey. She was also adored by friends and extended family alike.

A service and celebration of Diane's life will be on Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11:00 am at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church, 6190 East Quincy Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO. In lieu of flowers the Howard family would welcome donations to The American Cancer Society at cancer.org.


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Deb Blessing

November 16, 2019

I was blessed to have Diane as a P.E.O. Sister in Chapter FB. She was kind, generous, talented and thoughtful. My heart goes out to her family. The service today was lovely.

Judy & John Bennett

November 9, 2019

Diane, the gentlest soul I know, radiated love in such a powerful way. She found the silver lining in every cloud and a quiet faith that the Lord was there with her through it all. Even in the midst of health challenges, Diane made time to spend precious moments with me. Her hospitality (and Mike’s too) made it a joy to visit. Diane – a woman of God – with the fruit of the Spirit so evident in her life: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Dearly loved, dearly missed. I know Diane is enjoying a walk in the cool of the evening with Jesus, marveling at the wonders of his creation, letting the melodies of a heavenly concert set her foot a tapping and looking forward to the day we will see her again.

Lil Collins

November 8, 2019

May the love of family and friends comfort and strengthen you in this difficult time and in the days ahead.
We first met Diane twelve years ago on a river cruise. That encounter became a lasting friendship. Her warm smile, endearing personality and sincere hugs were infectious. There are many joyful memories from our times together. She introduced Lil to stitchery and Marty to “Wooden Smoker Figurines,” her first high tea in La Mesa, her love of Polish Pottery, Navy/Air Force football games and her generous help at our Family Foundation Golf Tournament to name a few.
We will miss her but will not forget her.
To the Howard Family, thank you for sharing this wonderful, caring and special lady with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn her loss and yet celebrate her life
We care with much love, Marty and Lil Collins, San Diego, CA

Barb and John Monark

November 6, 2019

We have greatly enjoyed having Mike and Diane as our next door neighbors. We are in awe of the courage they both had fighting the cancer that would not release its grip. May Diane rest in peace and may all of the Howard's find comfort in the arms of God.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barb and John

Joan Polete

November 6, 2019

Diane was a very dear PEO sister. Always soft spoken but added so much to any gathering. I remember specifically how she used her time and talent to help me craft a photo quilt for my mother’s 80th birthday. Diane came to my house and helped in so many ways - a kindness I’ve never forgotten. I will miss her although our time together over the last few years was not often enough! There’s another angel in heaven with Diane’s passing. We’ll see you again someday, friend.

Bonnie Swearingen

November 6, 2019

Diane was my friend and neighbor. Our times of being together were always a joy and a blessing. I sensed a spiritual connection to this dear, gentle woman of God. She was always so positive and a bright light to myself and others. She will be dearly missed.

Lynn Fisher

November 5, 2019

I was lucky to have met Diane. What a warm, caring and loving lady. She will be so missed. I’ll remember her as a kind and generous spirit who loved her family, friends and quilting.

Cheri (Cheryl) Barber-Walker

November 5, 2019

Diane was one of the dearest, most genuine people I've known. Full of life, laughter and good intentions. Beautiful in face and actions. I'll miss you, dear friend.