Barbara Diane Gehl “Diane” was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She left this world peacefully on December 15, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Diane was born to the late Barbara Anne Sanders and George Henry Manninger. Survived by her husband, James M. Easton, her daughters, Tammy, Gina (Doug), Jessica (Oliver), and his children, Shelly, Karen, Susan and John. Also survived by grandchildren – James, Victor (Crystal), Evan (Kennidy), Alison (Blake), Adam, Meredith, Connor and Ryan, and great grandchildren – Max, Avery and Sophia.
Diane is also survived by her mother, Mary Manninger, and siblings, Brian (Angie), Sally (Chris), Bill, and Michelle (Sam), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her sisters Carol and Molly.
Diane was very active in her earlier years with the Chatham Figure Skating Club, serving on the Board as Club President several years. She did everything from run the Club to ensuring the skating carnival props had enough glitter. Diane also worked just as hard in her logistics career beginning at Motor Wheel, and retiring from Union Gas.
In her retired life, she liked to spend time in her gardens, always pruning to perfection. It was like a whole different world when entering her gardens, with big blooms and water features.
Like all things in life, Diane was a fighter, whether it be in her personal life or otherwise. She fought this disease with grace and grit until the end. A woman of hope, a pillar of strength, and a legacy left behind…
There will be a private celebration of life at a later date. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chatham-Kent Hospice.