Diane Marie Berndt

September 26, 1945February 4, 2021
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Heaven received a gift!

Diane Marie Berndt moved from earth to heaven on February 4, 2021 surrounded by family at her home.

Diane was born on September 26, 1945 to Betty and Dick Myers in Alda, Nebraska. She was an active baby and started walking at ten months old. She loved the merry-go-round at the park and always chose the jumping-horse on the merry-go-round to ride. Since Diane loved to climb and run, a fence was built in the back yard to keep her safe. However, in less than twenty minutes, she was over the fence and running down the street to play with her older friends!

Diane went to Parkview School in Pueblo, Colorado through third grade. When her family moved to Yakima, she attended McKinley elementary and met Kay Hartshorn, a very dear friend. A year later, at Roosevelt elementary, she met more cherished friends including Lyndal Davis and JoAnn McCarthy. Diane attended Franklin Jr. High and Eisenhower High where she was in the Drill Team and a member of National Honor Society. She also twirled batons with Joy Wilson in summer parades.

As a WSU Cougar, Diane pledged Delta Gamma sorority and met two life-long friends, Nancy Mazzola and Ann Donaldson. She was a member of Spurs (an honorary service organization) and the National Honor Society, and graduated with a BA in education in 1967. Her 4" grade teaching job with the Highline School District in Burien only lasted one year, because the summer after graduation, I (Tom) came into Diane's life.

Diane was working a summer job in her father's store, Standard Paint. I stopped to buy some paint, and out of the office walked a gorgeous girl. I had to meet this Beauty! So, I rushed to the counter, asked for help, and immediately knew she was for me. Fortunately, in the midst of buying paint, I was able to get a date. The rest is history! We got married in June, 1968, and God gave me fifty-two years with an Angel. Marrying Diane was the best move I ever made.

Diane taught for the Yakima School District for four-and-a-half years until her disabilities prevented her from doing so.

We made many great memories with vacations into Canada and the Northwest U.S. Early in our marriage, we travelled with the Pottratz and Deason families to British Columbia to the head water of the Dean River where we fished and saw some beautiful scenery. Las Vegas was one of Diane's favorite spots since she loved playing the dollar slots. She was very lucky! I think she got that from her father. We both enjoyed baseball and went to many Seattle Mariners' spring training camps and games. Diane was so much fun to be with.

A daughter, Jodi Elizabeth, was born in 1972 and a son, Harvey Ryan, in 1975. Diane was always there for her family. She was a good cook, and her asparagus-and-ham-casserole was a favorite for family holiday get-togethers. Man, that was good! Her onion-and-bean dish wasn't bad either. Good job, Diane!

Diane sold Avon products for a while, and always managed to take care of her family. This gal was something else. In the eighties she opened The Pied Piper, a children's book and teacher supply store. She offered free classes and gave books to the children to encourage them to read. This was one of things Diane enjoyed most about the business. She operated the store for eleven years until it got to be more than she could handle.

Diane's medical problems starting in 1973 with a cyst on her spinal cord. A car accident in 1980 put her in a wheelchair for life. Despite the constant health concerns, at no time did she complain or feel sorry for herself. She was resilient, courageous, and fun to be around. If things were difficult, she might say "Tough tomatoes," and then, "Work it out."

Diane was always grateful to God for the gifts in life and insisted there be a birthday cake for Jesus at Christmas. If you knew Diane, you loved Diane. She was a woman who always had time for family and friends. God, I miss Diane.

Thoughts from the kids: Jodi--Life is full of uncertainties. It's how you handle them that define who you are and how people see you. My mother's life shows we can reach above any uncertainties thrown at you. She was an inspiration to all. She never wanted special treatment because of her disability, but wanted to do as much as she could for herself I love you, Mom. Harvey: She was always there for me. She was a beautiful mom. We will miss you.

Diane was preceded in death by her father, Richard (Dick) Myers and sister-in-law, Brenda Lamery. She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Myers, Yakima; husband Tom; daughter Jodi Mansfield (Jon), Yakima; son Harvey Berndt, Arizona; brother Dick Myers (Kathy), Yakima; brothers-in-law Paul Berndt (Jean), Yakima and Steve Berndt (Marina), Olympia; grandchildren Brittney Corral, Ashley Corral, and Alexis Mansfield, Yakima; and great-grandson Roman Andrade as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A private burial will be held for the family, followed by a memorial service at a later date due to COVID restrictions.

Our family would like to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Astria and Memorial Hospice home-health caregivers. Thank you, also, to our private caregivers, especially Phyllis. You all did a great job.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Diane's memory may be made to: Young Life Campership Fund, 725 W Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98902; Camp Ghormley (Christian youth camp), 640 Lost Lake Road, Naches, WA 98937; Holy Family in memo { St. Vincent Fund), 5315 Tieton Dr. Yakima, WA 98908 or to a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be at held Keith & Keith Funeral Home on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


  • Diane is survived by her mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Myers, Yakima; husband Tom; daughter Jodi Mansfield (Jon), Yakima; son Harvey Berndt, Arizona; brother Dick Myers (Kathy), Yakima; brothers-in-law Paul Berndt (Jean), Yakima and Steve Berndt (Marina), Olympia; grandchildren Brittney Corral, Ashley Corral, and Alexis Mansfield, Yakima; and great-grandson Roman Andrade as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Dick Myers
  • Paul Berndt
  • Harvey Berndt
  • Jim Hartshorn
  • Gary Davis
  • Russ Mazzola
  • Jim Zagelow

  • Young Life Campership Fund
  • Camp Ghormley
  • Holy Family


  • Visitation

    Friday, March 5, 2021


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Kathy Myers

March 6, 2021

We loved the geese flying over the celebration of Diane's life today. Diane always said she wished she could fly!

Charmaine Peterson

February 24, 2021

People have said that if you have a feeling that you should call or contact someone. You should do it and not procrastinate! Or it might be too late! This is what I did with Diane! And I am sorry! As well as sorry for your loss!
I loved working for you & helping Diane start her day! I have missed that! I think about her when I make eggs just like she liked them!
I loved helping her with her feet. Even though she couldn't feel the foot massage. It seemed to make her happy.
I would term her as being an "Elect Lady"! She was so good & kind to everyone! So proud to cheer her Grandchildren on in their sports events! I loved to listen to her tell the stories of the antics of Lexi!
She loved her Mom So much!
I learned so much from her! Mainly how to simply enjoy life! Regardless of what life deals us!
It's sad that she had to leave all of you behind! Yet I smile to imagine how it must have felt to stand and walk away from that wheelchair and into the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ! To be reunited with her Dad, Family & Friends who left before her!
I know that there will always be a part of her in each of you!
I pray for your peace and comfort at this time!
Please take good care of yourselves!
With Love & Gratitude,
Charmaine Peterson
Ps, I can come pick up the marble maze if you still have it!

Bernice Spain

February 24, 2021

Tom, our prayers are with you and your family. When Diane left this earth she left you with many precious memories.

Linda Milner Layman

February 21, 2021

I remember when Tom met Diane and they started their love story. You two were very lucky to have shared such a loving life. This is a very beautiful tribute to a very special lady. The Diane I remember was the sweetest, gentlest person ever! She deserved the love you showed for her and hers for you. God Bless.

Mike Bonnett

February 17, 2021

Tom and Diane were so gracious giving Eric Despain and myself their Mariner tickets anytime they weren't able to go. They also were gracious enough to have the staff at Lewis and Clark Middle School to have their annual Christmas party. Tom...So sorry for your loss.
Mike Bonnett
Eric Despain
Jason Hagler

Charlotte Caton

February 12, 2021

Tom, I'm so very sorry for your loss of Diane. But, like my Jim, Diane is no longer suffering. It's so very hard to go on without our loved partner in life Tom, but give yourself time. Bring along the special memories Diane made for you and your family and share them often. They will help to lift your heart from grief. Diane was special, you knew that. I saw how attentive you were in helping her in every way. She had a kindness that shined.. Think I've said this to you many times...How in the world did you EVER convince her to marry you.? She loved you much...proof was in your marriage, your life and your family. Let me know if you ever want to talk or need something. Rest in Peace Diane. Take care of yourself Tom. May God Be With You.

Ken & Sue Montgomery

February 9, 2021

We are so saddened to learn that Diane has passed. It breaks our hearts that she had such a tough go at life. But it warms our hearts that she was so loved and so strong and so cared for. She has given us all strength with her warm smile and sweet words. Happy that she left many memories to keep in our hearts.
Tom you were such a perfect husband for her and we know she loved you and was so thankful for all you did.
Glad that her pain is now in God's hands and she will live forever in our hearts.
If there is anything that you need assistance with please let us know. Your friends Sue & Ken

Helen Gentry

February 7, 2021

Diane was such an exceptional person. I loved working with and associating with her. She had a kind word for everyone and stood up for those that were not around to defend themselves. She was generous with everyone.
She will be missed.


Doug & Pam Fadness

February 5, 2021

Diane was a beautiful kind soul. She lived her life with such grace with smiles for everyone. Tom you were such a wonderful husband and caregiver to her. May she Rest In Peace. Our thoughts are with her family.

Don Darden

February 5, 2021

I remember Diane for her strength and grace in the face of whatever came her way. She will be missed. Tom you have my deepest condolences.