OBITUARY

Diana Marie Howard

May 12, 1950December 28, 2020

On Monday December 28th, Diana Marie Howard was greeted by her creator with open arms. She leaves the earthly world to continue her spiritual journey.

She was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Wayne and Mary Grillet on May 12th, 1950. She grew up on a farm in the small town of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. As the oldest of 6 children she was often responsible for taking care of her siblings—3 brothers and 2 sisters: Jeff, Sandy, Nancy, Phillip, and Michelle. This proved to be a theme throughout her life as she cared for anyone in need who crossed her path. She had her health challenges over the years, but she never let that slow her down. Once her mind was set, there was no stopping her. Her many long-term friends can attest to that.

She was an active member of the church at an early age, teaching Sunday school for many years. She was always giving of her time, energy, and love. A woman with great compassion and empathy, she was known to speak her mind and was highly respected for doing so. Her beautiful voice and love of singing was most influenced by her high school music teacher, Mrs. New. With that talent, she was often asked to sing solos and for special events.

After high school, she moved to Pennsylvania to be with her aunt, Mary Ellen, and cousins: Michael, Mindy, and Marty Long. There she met her first husband, Michael Howard. Together they moved back to Iowa to raise a family of 2 children, Christopher and Nonnie Howard. Things didn’t work out with her husband and she continued to raise her children on her own with support from her family.

With courage, in 1981 she packed up her family and belongings to work for Hewlett Packard in Boise, Idaho as a Computer Technician. She worked there for 30 years before moving on to continue her career elsewhere. As an early pioneer of women in a technical field, she met and overcame many challenges. She was an active speaker and leader in Toastmasters International along with other technical organizations.

Her son, Chris, was the first to provide her with beloved grandchildren, Delilah and Gabrielle Howard. In the fall of 2010 she moved to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania to be close to her daughter, Nonnie, and soon-to-be-born 3rd grandchild, Chloe Mann.

Of all her time devoted to her church family, she was most active at St. Matthew’s United Methodist in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. There she met many new close friends and adopted family. It is here that she will be remembered by spreading her ashes in their sanctuary garden. The memorial will be held outside, with a small guest list, on January 6th at 11am (eastern time). It will be live streamed and recorded for anyone that would like to participate online (details to be provided). In the spring, a luncheon will be held at her church and open to anyone who would like to attend.

During a time of unemployment, Diana was blessed to be taken care of, at no cost, by The Clinic in Phoenixville, PA. In lieu of flowers she would be honored if you would consider donating to this organization so they may continue to serve those in need.

https://www.theclinicpa.org/donate

Alternatively, you can send a donation to her church.

https://www.stmatthewsvf.org/giving

May her spirit live on with Grace and Peace

Services

  • Private Service, Viewable via Facebook Live for the public

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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Cindy Hines

January 6, 2021

Thank you so much for accepting me and taking me into your family. The time we spent together is cherished and remembered fondly. I'm so glad I can continue to share those things with the girls. I'm so grateful to you for all the things you lovingly taught me and the ways you helped guide me, you made me better. I love you.

Diane Herrera

January 4, 2021

"A servant heart" and "a movie lover" - this is what I will remember about Diana. She was devoted to serving others. She was always thinking of who might need a helping hand and who might need a friend...and then she stepped up and did whatever was needed to fill the need.

She also loved to go to the movies. Mike and I made it a point to plan a movie night with her whenever we were in PA.

She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed, but I am so very happy to think of her sitting at the table with Jesus. - Diane Herrera

Lin Dallas

January 1, 2021

You are finally not suffering from any physical pain anymore & are with our Lord. It was a blessing to have known you & spent time with you at church & especially Bible study. We will all miss you but know you are at peace. God bless your family.

Mandy Lee

January 1, 2021

You were the most amazing auntie and friend ever i will forever miss you aunt dee dee i wish you could have met my youngest daughter maddisun you would have loved her and she would have loved you i wish we could have stayed close like when i was younger and you lived here in idaho Love you aunt dee dee

Janellen Farmer

December 31, 2020

Sending deepest sympathy on behalf of the Farmer and Vogan families.

Mindy Elmer

December 31, 2020

Diana I am proud to be your cousin and to know that you touched so many lives with your warmth and laughter and kindness. Thank you for sharing your faith - I am comforted knowing you are at peace. I especially enjoyed being at the Salt Theatre together and taking you shopping. xoxo Mindy

Jeanne Cochran

December 31, 2020

“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others”. This sentiment from the Wizard of Oz to the Tin Man completely reflects Diana Howard’s spirit. There was never a person who was so loved by all for her kindness, generosity and caring as our Diana. We have lost our rock, our guiding light, and my dearest friend. Oh, Diana, may angels sing thee to thy rest! God knows that I will miss you so.

Gabrielle Howard

December 30, 2020

I will love you forever grandma.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY