ANDERSON—Diane Lee Harline Anderson, age 80, died at home on May 7, 2022.
She was an incredible mother to her own children and to many others. She also dedicated her time to her church and community. Her life’s fulfillment was her service to God, family, and those needing a helping hand or a listening ear.
Diane was born on February 14, 1942, in Long Beach, Calif., to Darrell and Yolande Harline.
Diane, a graduate of El Segundo High School in California, attended Long Beach State College and the University of California at Los Angeles. She completed her schooling to be a Dental Assistant. She married Richard Jacobs Anderson, the love of her life, and they opened up a dental practice in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., where she was his first dental assistant. They lived in “the mountains” for 24 years, had four children, and made life-long friends. Diane enjoyed those years water skiing, snow skiing, decorating and gardening. She was very involved in her children’s school activities and the PTA.
She and her husband retired to beautiful Florence, Ore., in 1984 where they built their dream home together and welcomed all there. They raised two of their children in Florence and were great Siuslaw sports fans. They were supporters of Rotary and Peace Harbor hospital, among other organizations.
Diane devoted decades of her time to community, church and humanitarian work. Ultimately, it was her and her husband’s love for people and God that led them to their most fulfilling life’s work — serving God and their fellow man. Diane served in many different capacities in both the Lake Arrowhead and Florence church congregations, influencing the lives of youth, women and families as she served and loved them. She and her husband served three missions: a traveling Oregon mission, an 18-month mission to New Zealand/Cook Islands and, finally, an 18-month humanitarian mission to Eastern Europe and the Middle East to help coordinate with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and other organizations the delivery of shoes, food, water and medical equipment. It was an experience that changed their lives.
Diane loved all things beautiful. She was happiest when she was creative. She loved to decorate, cook and plan events. The happiest times in her later life were with family.
Her unwavering commitment and love to God and her family are immeasurable. She served, loved and guided her life with passion, optimism, humility and a touch of humor.
Diane is survived by her children, J. Derik Anderson, Deena Mitchell (Jim), Dawnielle Anderson (Scott) and Devin Anderson (Joanna).
All are welcome to services on Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Florence building. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to give.lds.org/humanitarian.