Diane Eleanor Halstead was a loving wife, dedicated mother, cherished friend, and talented artisan, who passed away at the age of 75 on Friday, July 6, 2018.
Diane and her older brother Jerry were born and raised in Mitchell, South Dakota, by Robert and Jessie (Wilson) Hoffman. Diane pursued her love of art, obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Dakota Wesleyan University. Friends knew Diane as a persuasive, quick-witted, funny and smart woman. These attributes were on display in a college math class long ago, when she convinced Marlitt to dye his hair green to help promote an event. They were married Feb. 8, 1964, lifelong partners in a 54-year journey that produced three sons: Rob, Wes, and Nick.
Following an initial three-year teaching assignment in Newcastle, Diane and Marlitt moved to Powell, where she spent five decades as an active member of the community. Diane was a den mother, substitute teacher and cake decorator. She nurtured her artistic passion and became an entrepreneur, creating jewelry, oil and acrylic paintings, porcelain and ceramics, stained and fused glass, as well as reproduction dolls. Diane taught others her craft, nurturing the talent within “her ladies.” She was a proud member of the First United Methodist Church Altar Guild and enjoyed visiting shut-ins. Diane enjoyed camping, solitaire, good conversation, and romance novels. She collected jewelry, antiques, and photos of her grandchildren. Diane loved to travel, achieving her goal of visiting all 48 contiguous states.
She is survived by her husband Marlitt; brother Jerry (Karen) Hoffman of Powell; three sons: Rob (Carolyn) Halstead of Milford, New Hampshire, Wes (Laurie) Halstead of Sammamish, Washington and Nick (Michelle) Halstead of Parker, Colorado; and 12 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter.
Visitation will occur at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Powell, with the memorial service beginning at 10:30 a.m. A lunch reception will immediately follow. Donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church Altar Guild.
“What is it in the human spirit that will not change ~ that knows itself and will not be changed … She will remain as she is, and still grow in mind and in spirt and in wisdom.”
— Jessie Hoffman