Faye Vance Diener, 85, of Orem, Utah, passed away quietly Friday, March 16,
2007, in Orem from illnesses incident to age.
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
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.
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.
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
was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her son, Mark Christian; and her
grandson, Jacey Diener
services will be held Saturday, March 24, 2007, at 11 am at Smith Funeral Home,
Fourth and Elm in Grandview.
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.