Diane Evelyn Engel
February 22, 1936 - November 03, 2021
Obituary For Diane Evelyn Engel
Diane Evelyn Engel (Dee to her friends) 85, went home to join the love of her life,
our dad "Chuck" on November 3rd, 2021 after a fierce battle with cancer.
You may have not known Diane but we can guarantee you everyone needs a Diane
in their lives 🙂
Diane was born February 22, 1936 in Port Angeles, Washington to Roy and Fay
(McNeill) Kemp. She attended Roosevelt High School, graduating in 1953, and
went on to attend business school in Port Angeles, and later working at the
Logging Bureau in Tacoma, Washington.
In the fall of 1956 while driving with her parents she looked into the rear view
mirror and saw a crazy fool on a motor cycle, no helmet, with a goofy smile on his
face, with arms folded. That crazy fool was our dad! They would meet later and
then their love affair was off to the races. On April 18, 1958 Diane married her one
and only Charles Lee Engel making their first home in Belfair, Washington. They
would go on raising their family together for the next 58 years.
What can we tell you about our mom?
We could honestly fill volumes remembering and talking about our mother who
was the beloved focal point of our family. All the words in the world could not
adequately describe how amazing our mother was.
The first thought that comes to mind about our mom is she loved our dad more
than life itself, and was his partner for almost 60 years. However, the love she had
for her children, grandchildren and great grand daughter was limitless and knew
Diane treasured her family, she loved being a homemaker and raising her children.
She loved being with them, around them, and embraced every moment with them.
She was our cheerleader, counselor, advocate, and number one supporter.
She especially loved being Nanna to Joshua, Ashley, Nicholas, Abigail, and
Generous of spirit, our mom was the kindest person on the planet. Quick with a
smile, or a funny story, Mom could make you laugh without even trying.
Our mom loved numbers and information—so much so that bookkeeping and
accounting were the mainstays of her life. For many years Diane worked tirelessly
as an accountant at the Alderbrook Inn, Frank Murphy & Sons, and for PVED an
Oregon based non profit, working right up until the very end—she did not know
what the word retirement meant!
While Diane was raising her family she loved to sew, and could be found late at
night burning the midnight oil sewing clothes for her children. She was also an
avid knitter, an expert at crochet, creating all kinds of beautiful hand made items.
A great cook and an accomplished baker, you could find Diane in the kitchen quite
often whipping up delicious batches of apple cake, or oodles and oodles of cookies,
bars, and her glorious bread that she shared filling the belly's of many.
When we think of Mom we can't help but smile as we remember the things that she
enjoyed most, crossword puzzles, music, her iPad, politics (oh my God the
politics!), jigsaw puzzles, movies, laughing, ice cream, Robert Redford, being
surrounded by her family, Christmas and buttermilk!
Diane cherished four very special girlfriends that have been steadfast, her partners
in crime, and by her side through thick and thin. Marna, (whom her eldest
daughter is named after) Trudy, Eleanor, and Helen. These ladies have loved,
supported, and stood by our mom for many years. Our mother loved all of these
ladies very very much, and held them close to her heart.
Diane is survived by her children, daughter Marna and son-in-law Manny Gatlin of
Portland, Oregon; daughter Lisa and son-in-law David Carr of Kent, Washington;
son Cris and daughter-in-law Stephanie Engel, of Ankeny, Iowa; grandchildren,
Joshua, Ashley, Nicholas, Blakely, and great granddaughter Abigail. Nephew Chad
Kemp and Niece Margaret Kemp, their children, Hartley Kemp, Sarah Tsakhniv.
Niece Cathleen Booth and nephew Christopher Booth, and their children
Madeleine, Alexandra, and Emma Booth. Last, but not least, Diane held a special
place in her heart for her bonus daughter, Elizabeth ("Only") Julum, of Oklahoma
We will remember fondly our mother’s smile, her warmth, her energy, her love, her
zest for life, her adoration of her family and friends. There won't be a day that goes
by that we won't think about her, cherish her memory, and miss her so very much.
We love you to the moon and back, Mom. Marna, Lisa, and Cris your brass band.
At Diane’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Instead, hug one
another, or call your mom (if she’s still with you) and tell her you love her
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Dear Engel Family, I send you my deepest condolences on the loss of your Matriarch. Her reputation was one of love. Her generosity of time and talent is well known by the PVED Board. Wishing you all great healing love. Sincerely, Dana Doffin
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