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Eleanore Faye Vance Diener, 85, of Orem, Utah, passed away quietly Friday, March 16, 2007, in Orem from illnesses incident to age.

She was born on Jan. 23, 1922, in Grandview to Byron and Naomi Vance. She was raised in the Lower Valley, attending school in Grandview and eventually graduating from Yakima High School. Upon graduation, she traveled to Southern California, where she met Richard Diener, who was a hospital corps man stationed in San Diego. They were married on Dec. 31, 1940, in Yuma, Ariz. Richard served in the Pacific campaign during World War II while Eleanore began her career in motherhood with the arrival of their oldest daughter, Dianne. At the end of the war, Eleanore and Richard settled for a brief time in Yakima, where he served as a police officer. Eventually, he re-enlisted in the Navy and the family began a 24-year career in the military, moving from coast to coast. During these very busy years, Eleanore gave birth to five sons and one more daughter. She skillfully juggled the constant moves and pressures of her husband’s military service, providing her children with a secure and nurturing home.

Eleanore was the consummate mother, giving her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a foundation of cultural, intellectual, spiritual and social experiences that enriched their lives. She was forever learning, reading, and relishing life. After Richard retired, she returned to school at Eastern Washington State University in Cheney and received her degree in Library Science. She and Richard eventually moved to Grandview so Eleanore could care for her aging parents. Their home on Mountainview Road became the gathering place for a large extended family.

Eleanore worked in the Grandview school system and served as the Grandview librarian for a number of years. She was a member of several doll and antique clubs in the area and enjoyed her associations with so many women in the Lower Valley. She was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a firm belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ and the reality of God.

She is survived by four sons; Richard Vance (Janice) of Bend, Ore., Thomas Bruce (Rena) of Grandview, David Paul (Karen) of Tri-Cities, James Frederick of Yakima; and two daughters, Dianne Looney of Burkburnett, Texas and Gail Ballard (Frank) of Benjamin, Utah. She has 21 grandchildren and more than 32 great-grandchildren.

Eleanore was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her son, Mark Christian; and her grandson, Jacey Diener

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 24, 2007, at 11 am at Smith Funeral Home, Fourth and Elm in Grandview.

Her family wishes to express gratitude to the Hospice organization and the Golden Living Center in Orem, Utah, for the care and comfort they have provided their mother during the final days of her life.


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