Diana Alane Howard, 62, of Bushnell, Illinois, passed away at 1:29 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, surrounded by family at home. She was born November 7, 1960, in Avon, IL, to Gerald “Bud” and Dorothy (Chenoweth) Dean. Diana was a graduate of Cuba High School, class of 1979. She married Jim W. Howard on June 7, 1980, at the Point Pleasant church just outside Marietta, IL.
She is survived by her parents; husband; son, Joseph Howard, and his wife, Ashley; daughter, Emily Howard, and her partner, Andrew Stevens; and two grandchildren, Finley and Fallon Howard. She is also survived by her four siblings, Duane (Andrea) Dean of Henry, IL; Delbert (Bobbi) Dean of Adair, IL; Kenneth (April) Dean of Macomb, IL; and Kathy (Eric) Lenardt of Macomb, IL.
Diana carried her title of “Farmer’s Daughter” proudly. Her hobbies included baking and crafting, and she was a wonderful artist. Her passion for gardening led her to work at Hart’s Nursery for over a decade. Her greatest accomplishment was raising her children, and her greatest love was spoiling her grandchildren. She was beloved by all and will be dearly missed.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home. Pastor Charles Wallen will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell Park District. Please sign the guest book and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com.