Diane Ella Gray

October 8, 1951July 30, 2018

Diane Ella Gray, 66 of Ravenna, OH, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday July 30, 2018 after a brief illness.

She was born on October 8, 1951 a daughter of the late William Alvin Gray and Emma Jane (Roswell) Gray. Diane spent her life helping the people in her community, especially those with disabilities. She worked as a bus driver for Portage County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities for many years and retired in 2010. She continued to dedicate her time to those in need by working as the transportation director of Emerald Transportation until 2017.

Diane is preceded in death by her sister Joyce Braswell (Gray). She is survived by her sons: Ron (Kathleen) Gray and Andrew Mullins, her brother-in-law Reginald Braswell, niece Lori Braswell and cat Simba. Many other relatives and friends will miss her.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

The family suggests donations be made to the Portage County APL or Special Olympic Ohio.

Condolences and memories may be shared at

(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436)


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Holly Shelly-Kilbel

August 9, 2018

Diane was a strong caring woman. She always had an open ear and Truly cared. She never forgot about her employee's even after they moved on to another job. If you met her once she stayed in your thoughts for life. So sad to hear about your loss. She'll be missed and always remembered for her generous caring ways.

David and Bonnie Szpak

August 6, 2018

We are saddened by the sudden passing of Diane. She was a very kind and helpful friend. We will miss her. She will never be forgotten.

Judy Fetterolf

August 4, 2018

My sincerest sympathies. Diane ALWAYS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND to help people with disabilities and their families.
I remember one time I called her for help, she personally took a family out of county so they could attend their father’s funeral. She always figured a way to make things work for people. She will be deeply missed

Christina Williams

August 3, 2018

Diane was a beautiful woman, we loved her, she was seeing my father for a long time,Charles Williams, we absolutely loved her,she will be missed😢😢

Jennifer Weaver

August 3, 2018

So sorry to hear about Diane’s passing . She will be missed by many. She was a very giving person and loved her work with the DD .

kris diezman

August 3, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.

Marcy Schaaf

August 3, 2018

My thoughts & prayers to all family & friends! ! Hold your memories close in your heart, God Bless !!
Diane was a great & caring lady who I have known since our first job together at The Raven Drive In. (late 60's) I also had the pleasure of working with her the last 7 yrs before she finally retired the 2nd time !! (at both transportations)
Diane, I'm gone to miss our long talks :(

Nicki Reichard

July 31, 2018

Wonderful strong woman, made a difference in my life and others. So sorry Ronny. You are in our prayers.