DIANE M. BROWN

SAVANNA—Diane Marie Brown, 63, of Savanna, passed away at home Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in the loving care of her family.

A Celebration of Life service was held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna followed by burial in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to share in Diane's life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Diane was born June 11, 1957, in Savanna, the daughter of Vernon and Jeanice (Radke) Brown. Diane is a 1975 graduate of Savanna High School. She received her Associate’s degree at Scott Community College and then went on to earn her Bachelor’s and her Master’s at St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa.

Diane raised an independent, confident daughter, Mandy. As a single mother working full-time, Diane taught her how to value hard work and to do your best job.

Diane worked for the Department of the Army at the Rock Island Arsenal as a Contract Specialist until her retirement after 30 years. She attained her goal of reaching GS 14 at her job. Her work took her to Germany for three years and Sierra Vista, Ariz., at Fort Hauchuca for five years. She liked adventuring in Europe while she was working in Germany. She counted on her mother, Jeanice, to hold down the fort and to be there for Mandy while she was working.

Diane was a member of NARFE and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafting and painting. Going to movies, attending the Savanna Historical Society events, Timber Lake plays, wineries, and having a girls day with "The Committee" were some of her favorite pastimes.

She loved to travel and was a member of the World Ventures Travel Club. She liked adventuring to many other countries in Europe while she was working in Germany and was always on the lookout for Polish Pottery for her collection. She loved listening to ABBA and Cher on repeat. One of her favorite things to do was to spend time with her grandchildren, helping after school, playing board games and having dinner with family.

Diane will be dearly missed by her daughter, Mandy, and son-in-law, Donavon DeWitt, of Savanna; three grandchildren, Cobretti, Carmendee and Christian Castro; two step-grandchildren, Taylor and Liam DeWitt; brother, Dale Brown of Savanna; her beloved nephew, Frank, and his wife, Lauree Brown; very special best friend, Lynn (Robert) Haas; Aunt Lorraine Radke; and many close friends.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Jeanice and Vernon; aunt, Marilyn Radke; brother, Donald Brown; and sister-in-law, Jean (Kehl) Brown.