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D. Diane Grant (Byron)

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D. Diane Grant (Byron)

March 8, 1938 ~ March 16, 2014

Our beloved mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, D. Diane Grant (Byron), sailed away peacefully at home March 16, 2014, surrounded by her five children and cherished loved ones. She was born March 8, 1938, in Tonasket, WA to Robert and Esther Grant, the middle child of three daughters. She grew up and went to school in Tonasket and graduated in 1954. She married Lewis “Skip” Drew in 1955. In 1964, she married Darrell Byron in California and they made their home wherever his iron-work lead them (us!), finally settling in Kennewick, WA. Diane went to school for bookkeeping and worked on and off most of her life. She moved to Chelan in the mid ‘80s, where her mother and step-father lived.

Diane was an accomplished artist. She wrote poems and wonderful letters, drew greeting cards, painted signs, cars (cars, it’s not a misprint!) and earned a little extra so she could “casino”! Something she always got a kick out of. Mom painted several beautiful oil\acrylic paintings that now hang in her children’s homes.

She was a generous, loving woman with a heart for all her family, blood and chosen, and oh, could she sing… We will miss her. Farewell momma….

Per her request, there will be No Service.

I am standing on the sea shore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me — not in her. And, just at that moment when someone at my side says, “There, she is gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

~ H. Van Dyke

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