DIANE LOUISE (ROSS) NEIN

Born: Fri., Jun. 5, 1953
Died: Tue., Jul. 10, 2018


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jul. 21, 2018
Location: United Methodist


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Our mom was happy about having lived a full life.  When she received the news of terminal liver cancer, she immediately started consoling everyone around her, working on her own funeral plans, purchasing an urn for her ashes, and sorting through and labeling items in the house.  She did not want her death to be a burden to others.  Diane Nein died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Wheatland, Wyoming at the age of 65.
Diane was baptized by her grandfather Reverend Ralph K. Schwab in Boulder, Colorado.  She graduated high school from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado in 1971.  She attended college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and graduated with Occupational Therapist degree in 1975.
“Mother Hen,” as she was affectionately referred to by her siblings, is survived by her father, Richard Ross (Lou), of Boulder, Colorado; her spouse of 43 years, Daniel Nein of Wheatland; her four younger siblings, Janet (Don) Wadlow of Lyons, Colorado, Luann (Greg) Brittenham of Haines, Alaska, Richard (JoAnn) Ross of Greeley, Colorado, and Connie (Jim) Menger of Lafayette, Colorado; and her children, “Heather Jennie Kristin, whatever your name is child” otherwise known as Heather (Brandt) Lyman of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Jennifer (Vincent) Hedrick of Laramie, Wyoming, and Kristin (Matthew) Karlstrum of Saint George, Utah.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Ardee Ross.
Diane took extreme pride in her grandchildren, Carter and Hadley Lyman of Rock Springs, but deep down she wished she had eighteen more.  Her love of children was obvious from her 37 years of service to children with special needs and their families at the Wheatland Early Childhood Center serving the communities of the Wheatland, Guernsey, Douglas, and Torrington areas as an occupational therapist – someone who helps people, who otherwise cannot, participate in the activities that help with their independence.  With children, that means play!  Diane was constantly searching for the best toys and we loved going to her place of work after school to try them out.  She received the Practitioner of the Year Award from the Wyoming Occupational Therapy Association in recent years.
Diane loved “talking people’s ears off” (especially about her grandchildren), squirreling away the Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits in her purse when the wait staff was not looking, creating heirloom-quality crafts with her sisters and daughters, storing chocolate in every corner of the kitchen, love stories, Patrick Swayze’s dancing, and hotels that offer free breakfast.  But most of all, she loved helping people and being involved in her community. She was intricately involved in the Wheatland United Methodist Church choir, women’s group and worship committee, Girls Scouts, Job’s Daughters, PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization), and DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) among others.  She received the Cross and Flame Award and the Quiet Disciple Award through the United Methodist Church of Wheatland, and served in a multitude of leadership roles for all organizations.
Diane collected relatives (a.k.a. genealogy), pantry and frozen food items, recyclables, tea, lotion, and plants.  But most importantly, she collected her change to give to needy organizations and regularly donated her time and items for fundraisers or worthy causes.  In years past, Diane was frequently seen towing us girls around for endless hours selling items for their latest school/organization fundraiser in the family minivan.  
The funeral service will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Wheatland United Methodist Church.  We ask that you wear purple or pink to support awareness of cancer and breast cancer, which would also make Diane smile because those were her favorite colors. There is a reception to follow at the First State Bank Conference Center from 2:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. hosted by the PEO, DAR, and United Methodist Women groups.
Donations made to the family will go to the Wheatland Early Childhood Center and the Wheatland United Methodist Church, Diane Nein Memorial in care of Wells Fargo Bank, 874 Gilchrist Street, Wheatland, Wyoming 82201.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements

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Dana Vineyard
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
Dan, Heather, Jennie, Kristin and families,
Diane was such an important part of our community. She outshone all of us with her volunteer work and love of people. She was a wonderful friend. I remember going to a Harry Potter movie with her. I didn't have a clue what was going on in it since I didn't read the books. But she laughed at me and we had an enjoyable evening. You couldn't help but enjoy being with her.There are many children who have benefitted from her love and work with children. She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved her. Rest in peace, my friend. You will always be in my heart.

Kathy Winders
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
I was so sorry to hear about Diane's passing. I enjoyed working with her and you girls during her time with Job's Daughters. She was a joy to work with; always putting the girls first; and know she will be greatly missed.

Susan Littlefield Haines
   Posted Tue July 17, 2018
Diane was an angel here on earth and is now an angel with Heavenly Father.
My sincerest condolences - I will miss her physical presence but know she will be with us in Spirit.

Marilyn Livers
   Posted Wed July 18, 2018
Dear family of Diane: I know your wonderful wife/mother/grandmother stepped into her eternal life much earlier than all of you were ready to let her go. The Bible says that to be absent from the body (as a Christian), is to be present with the Lord. As retired church secretary for the United Methodist Church, I enjoyed working with her for years. She was so talented, dedicated, and loving in all she did. Her legacy on earth is her you and all the children that she helped overcome their disabilities. Reading the 3 gospel accounts of Jesus' transfiguration on the mountain has helped me. Matthew 17, Mark 9 and Luke 9 record that Moses and Elijah (who had been dead hundreds of years) were seen talking with Jesus about his upcoming trip to the cross. Our loved ones are alive, and we will see them again if we live for Jesus. Many prayers are going up for your comfort at this time. Marilyn

Ruth Herdt
   Posted Wed July 18, 2018
May God be with you during this time and watch over you. You know Diane is watching over you as a true angel. She will always be with you. She is at peace now.

Kathy Dolan
   Posted Thu July 19, 2018
Hi Heather,
My heart just dropped when I read of your mom's passing. I will very much miss visiting with her - always excited with news of you and many things!
Diane was so very supportive when I was in charge of setting up the Peds Level 1 in the early years of the OT program. She was always willing to mentor, shared how much she loved having students and they loved her as well. Her passion was very much appreciated.
Diane was so proud of you...
God bless you and your family, and all of Diane's family.
I regret I am unable to attend her service, but all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care of yourself.........
Kathy Dolan
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Mark Knudsen
   Posted Sun July 22, 2018
Diane was 4 months older than I. We played together as babies and wrote letters as college students, but otherwise not in touch for so many years. My Mom (Evaughn) recently showed me pictures of our Dads (Dick and Norm) in their white shirts and ties before going off to work while Diane and I played on the lawn. I remember summers in Boulder when Ardee would make cinnamon sugar puffs and curried rice chicken for both our families. Such a shock to discover that a childhood friend my age has passed on. So very sorry that she is gone, but glad that her life was so full of meaning and family.

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