OBITUARY

Diana Carol Ronning

March 27, 1942May 12, 2021
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Bateman Carroll Funeral Home 520 W. Powell Blvd. Gresham, OR 97030 Diana Carol Ronning passed away on May 12, 2021 in Oregon City, Oregon at the age of 79. She was born on March 27, 1942 in Pasadena, California to Harold and Barbara May (Marth) Endresen. Diana moved to Oregon when she was seven years old. She was a graduate of Gresham High School. Diana married Hugh Ronning on August 25, 1976. Hugh passed away in 2018. Diana employment included Safeco Insurance Company, Millers International Diamond Company, and craft warehouse. For several years she owned and operated her own art shop in Montana. Artwork was her passion. Diana enjoyed going to the beach, geneology, gardening and decorating the house during the holidays. She was also a poet. Diana had 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. she was preceded in death by her brother, David Endresen, her sister, Beverly Stagg, and her daughter Toni Miles A memorial service will be on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home located at 520 W. Powell Blvd. in Gresham, Oregon. Visitation will be on Sunday May 23rd from 11 am until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Private burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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    Sunday, May 23, 2021

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Delynn Edwards

May 19, 2021

Curt and family, please focus on your greatest memories. Aunt Diana was one of the most talented, loving and caring souls on this earth. She will be greatly missed. Love you all!

Cameron Miles

May 17, 2021

Grandma Diana,

I will never forget all the time we spent together. The walks, gardening, art projects and so much more. I will hold onto these memories forever. You were such a big part of my childhood and helped form me into the person I am today.
You will be greatly missed.
We will never forget you. Your memory will live on forever.
I love you Grandma Goose.

I will see you again soon.
John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Luke 23:43. And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

John 11:25-26. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die

Curt Miles

May 16, 2021

Mom,
May God take away your pain and love you as much as I do.
You will always be remembered as a kind and caring person.
You touched more lives than you will ever know

Love, Curt

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Biography

When Diana Carol Ronning walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Diana was and how she impacted those around her. Diana was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Diana wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Diana was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.


      Diana was born on March 27, 1942 at The Woman's Hospital in Pasadena California. She was the daughter of Harold Endresen and Barbara (Marth) Endresen. Diana and her family moved to Boring, Oregon when she was 7 years old. Her father and grandfather built a house next to her grandparents home where they all lived. Diana was raised with two siblings, her younger brother, David and her younger sister, Beverly. Diana would always tell happy stories of her childhood, where they would raise cows and chickens. She would tell of her father laughing as she would run from the rooster, until the rooster went after him one day. No more rooster! She would tell of her father hauling a car hood up the hill so they could sled down the snowy hill on it. Diana always remembered her childhood fondly.

 
      During her high school years, Diana responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Gresham High School in 1960. Diana was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Diana, school was also a place to make new and lasting friendships. Classmates considered Diana a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything.


     Soon after high school, Diana would marry Jerry Miles and start a family of her own. She had two children, first her son Curt was born, and not long after, a daughter Toni. Diana was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.
      Diana was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Diana, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Diana's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. She was also blessed with 7 grandchildren, Chris, Cheri, Brandon, Cameron, Skylar, Shawna, and Kassie, and 13 great grandchildren.

      Diana was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional artist. She worked for Northwest Industrial Laundry, Pendleton woolen mills ,Safeco Insurance, Canadian Imperial Bank, Millers International Diamonds, but her passion was always artwork.


In 1976 Diana was remarried to Hugh Ronning. They loved taking day trips around Oregon. The beach was always their favorite and they spent a lot of time there. They later moved to Montana, and opened their own gift shop / gallery. Diana was finally doing what she loved, artwork fulltime.
      Because Diana loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were Artwork, Poetry, Genealogy, Golf, Bowling, Fishing, and decorating the house during the holidays. Diana had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Diana's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Diana's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned her accolades for her many lifelong efforts. Some of her most prestigious awards included numerous awards at art shows.

      Diana's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Diana took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included anywhere outdoors. She was always amazed by nature and was always filling her mind with images to later paint.

      Diana was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Bruti, a beagle / shitzu mix, was a best friend for 15 years. before that, honey bear and sugar plum.


She endured many challenges in her life from being a single mother for years, to taking care of Hugh after his stroke, she never once complained, always pushing forward, always optimistic. She handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life made it satisfying. After Hugh passed away she began painting again and enjoyed it until the end
    Diana continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Diana Ronning passed away on May 12, 2021 at Providence Willamette Falls Hospital. Diana was battling health problems for a long time, she fought until the very end. She is survived by her son, Curt, her grandchildren, Chris, Cheri, Brandon, Cameron, Skylar, Shawna, and Cassie, along with 13 great grand children.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Diana. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Diana Ronning for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Diana was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones. One of the last things she said was, I hope i will be remembered. You will Diana, you will