Diane Humberger lived for her family. She was a loving, caring, energetic magnet, drawing her family and friends together even until the end of her too short time with us. She lived her life with confidence, courage, honesty, and generosity, setting an example we will carry with us always.
6 entries | 2 photos
The Guest Book is expired.
Diane was born April 10, 1951 to Karl and Betty Sorenson, in Kalispell, Mont. Together with her sister, Debbie, she attended Flathead High school, where she won the state girls' tennis title. Diane moved to Bozeman to attend MSU, and remained in the Gallatin Valley. Diane used her boundless energy and talents in several local businesses, while also being blessed with two children, Chad and Jamie - the lights of her life. She enjoyed watching Jamie play basketball, and fondly remembered filling the team bus completely with balloons for the state tournament. Watching Chad rope and train horses in the riding arena made her especially proud.
In the mid-80's, Diane accepted a position as office manager with Orthopedic Associates, a position she held until her retirement in 2001. It was there that she met Frank Humberger, who over time grew to be her best friend. They married on July 27, 1991, and Diane warmly welcomed her expanded family.
Diane was happiest when with her family, and organized outings ranging from simple picnic lunches at the playhouse to amazing camping excursions with abundant amounts of food, including crab legs on the dock at Flathead Lake. Summer outings there with her sister and extended family of nieces, nephews, and their children gave her special joy. Diane put forth so much effort to ensure that everyone else had fun that she hardly had a chance to sit down , but she wouldn't have it any other way. Others' needs were always put first. Even while undergoing a round of cancer treatment, Diane insisted on re-decorating her dining room so future family dinners would be more comfortable. The White Tornado never rested. Diane admired the close-knit family of her many brother and sister-in-laws, and always welcomed visits from Frank's many siblings as they travelled from Ohio and elsewhere.
Diane had a particular closeness with her show-horses, which she was able to focus on after retirement. Living in Nevada in the winters, to be able to ride year-round with her friends and with Jamie, was a welcome change from Montana's weather. Diane is a national champion paint horse equestrian, and shared her love of horses with her children and grandchildren. She made many special friends over the years, many of them through a shared love of horses. Her friends know that they meant so much to her.
Words cannot describe how much Diane will be missed. She is such an integral part of our lives that we can hardly imagine a day without her. Each grandchild's room was decorated and painted by Diane, and many other parts of the family's houses as well, serving as daily reminders of her love in action. Her most lasting legacy will be that she has instilled in us a deep realization of the importance of family. We will continue her traditions, knowing that she is with us in spirit.
Diane is survived by unconditional love and spirit.
Private family services are being held at one of Diane's favorite locations. Should friends desire, memorials in Diane's name may be made to the
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 9, 2011