Diane Lynne Russell, age 67, lost her battle with lung cancer and was welcomed into the arms of Jesus the afternoon of Monday, August 31, 2020. Diane died peacefully at the home she shared with her loving husband of 27 years, Richard Thomas Russell.
Diane was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 4, 1953. She was preceded in death by her mother Theressa (Holwerda) Johnson, her sisters Llona Davis, and Karen Danielson, and her brother Michael Johnson. She is remembered by her husband: Dick; her children: Jalon (John) Ekholm, and Richard Wade Hunter Marr; her grandson: Koby Ekholm; her sisters and spouses: Dixie and James McFarland, Phillis Piccard; her brothers-in-law: Earl Davis, and Dave Danielson; her father and mother-in-law: Merrill and Margaret Russell; her sisters-in-law and spouses: Patty and Dave Reglin, and Denise and Jim Nielson; as well as many nieces, nephews and special friends.
Diane loved spending time with her husband, family and friends camping, boating, water skiing, riding snowmobiles and ATV’s, and socializing with anybody and everybody. Diane never met a stranger… everybody was a friend. She had a HUGE heart for helping people, and animals. She loved her dogs, and also frequently gave to the ASPCA. Diane touched the lives of a number of less fortunate people who benefited from her caring support and loving intervention.
A Memorial Service honoring Diane’s life will be held beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Belding Congregational Church with Reverend Byron Davey officiating. Memorial Donations are welcomed to the “B” Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the service or by contacting Verdun Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services at (6160 794-1300, who is caring for the arrangements. Social distancing and facial covering guidelines in effect will be observed.