January 17, 1938 – March 19, 2020
Diane Peterson Ale passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 19, 2020 after a 16-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 82 years old. Born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone to the late Dorothy Eder Peterson and Walter George Peterson, she was a graduate of Cristobal High School in the Panama Canal Zone and the State University of NY in Binghamton where she obtained her nursing degree. She dedicated her life to the care of others and served as a registered nurse with the SC Department of Mental Health in Columbia, SC for over 28 years before her retirement in 2005. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a nurse to relieve the suffering of others, and this desire to serve others shone through in everything she did. Diane is pre-deceased by her husband, James Ale, her son-in-law Rance Garrett, grandsons Homer Sturges and Claren Garrett, and by her brother, Walter Peterson. She is survived by her daughters Mary Valenzuela (Antonio), and Patricia Ale Garrett; her grandchildren Ethan Goodnow, James Sturges, Simon Sturges, Joe Sturges, Mary Sturges, Kate Sturges, Linus Sturges, Zoe Sturges, and Noah Garrett; her brother Richard Peterson (June), and her sister Nancy Peterson (Rebecca). The family would like to acknowledge and thank her caregiver of many years, Rosevelyn Batson Cooper, for her loving care of Diane through this long illness. Due to current quarantine and travel restrictions, and memorial service will not be held at this time. Per her wishes, Diane’s ashes will be interred at her mother’s gravesite at the Corozal American Cemetery in Corozal, Panama. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made online to the Alzheimer’s Association, or to Earle Street Baptist Church at 225 West Earle Street, Greenville, SC 29609.
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March 26, 2020
I never knew Mrs. Ale, but I know she was a wonderful, wonderful person - because I know her daughter, Pat Garrett. Mrs. Ale seemed to have lived a very interesting and fulfilling life - a life that is honored and continues through her loving family. And now may she have a very blessed and peaceful rest.
March 26, 2020
God Bless Diane and her loving family.
March 26, 2020
I will always cherish my memories of Diane! Diane and my Mom, Shirley High, were not only cousins but the BEST of friends - i remember all the stories!!! She was an amazing and loving person, when i was about 12 i had to have my ears re-pierced. I was petrified but Diane (in her cool calm collective way) put could ice cubes on my ears and took out a needle and POOOOOF ears all re-pierced - no pain - just lots of laughter before hand with my cousins Nancy and "Patty". I wish i could have spent more time in my adult life with Diane but time and distance gets away from us. I love you Diane and i KNOW that you are up there with allll of our people!!! I know my dear Dad who just passed a few months ago is welcoming her with a big "Pete High Hug"...........Love and Hugs to all the family!!!! This pic is of my my mom and Diane! Fly with the angels!!!