"And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost…." 1 Nephi 3:187


Diana Dewaele

September 8, 1951~October 18, 2017

Diana Dewaele became a sister in Christ early in June, 1986, shortly after we became married. Diana had taken a year-long quest to learn of the precious things found in the Gospel, contained in both the Bible and Book of Mormon.

Sometime after we met in 1980, Diana remarked that while she had received the milk of the gospel, she realized that there was much more to be learned and savored. She began an intense study of the scriptures, which in turn led her to learn the many truths and promises that are contained in these books. Apostle Robert and Sister Doris Jensen were instrumental in her spiritual education.

The knowledge and strength which she acquired created a firm foundation that was necessary to face the severe health problems that ultimately led to her passing.

Diana exhibited a grace and stamina which was remarked upon by many of her caregivers, friends, and work associates. She was not one to complain about her situation. She derived much from the prayers, plus verbal and written support from those who cared deeply about her. This outpouring of goodwill underscored the notion that Diana had been a giving and caring person to all of those who helped her along the way during her illness. It truly matters how each of us relates to those whom we come in contact with.

Diana was someone who had an innate curiosity about the natural wonders of this earth. Her inquisitiveness was honed by working in the library at the AEA 13 Media Center for a period of nearly 46 years. She was always an enthusiastic traveler and, during her and our lifetimes, she traveled to over 40 states.

Let’s consider the following scriptures as we honor her memory:

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father, I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” (1 Nephi 1:65)

Diana was successful in applying the truths which she had learned throughout her life and studies. May we all walk the righteous path she did.

– Elder Robert Dewaele