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Diane Jean Bumford

1949-2016 BELLOWS FALLS, VT Diane Jean Bumford, 66, passed away quietly on March 5, 2016 at her home surrounded by all of her family. Her death was a representation of how she spent most of her life - surrounded by those who loved her, and there were many. Diane had a larger than life personality that was extraordinary, contagious and affected all those around her. Diane was born in Bellows Falls, VT to Geneva (Jacobs) and Raymond Joseph Plante, Sr. on May 15, 1949. She spent her years of schooling at St. Charles School and Bellows Falls High School. It was during this time her beliefs lead her to St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin , which she attended after graduating from high school. She ultimately left the convent to marry the love of her life - Clark. R. Bumford on April 26, 1969. They have been happily married for almost 47 years and during that time met every challenge that came their way. Together they raised three daughters while enduring long separations when Clark was drawn away for the Navy, yet still managing to maintain their devoted love for each other. Diane also graduated from Twin State Beauty Academy. She spent many years working as a Job Cost Accountant and Property Manager for Winterset Construction, Bazin Brothers and Stephen L. Moore Construction. However, she would tell you her favorite jobs were being the "Maid, Chief Cook and bottle washer at Clark R. Bumford", and helping to raise her nine grandchildren. She spent countless hours imparting her joy and wisdom on those nine little lives. Although not an official job - we would have to say she was an amazing Life Coach - she was happiest when she was helping guide someone toward their right path. She had an open door policy which brought so many people to her table - regardless of the time. Diane could be found shelling out her humor and wit at 3am and carting people around at all hours of the night more times than we could count. She was an anchor we could all hold onto. Diane is predeceased in death by her brother, Raymond Joseph Plante, Jr. as well as her parents. She is survived by her sister and best friend, Geraldine Dzialo, her daughters Amy Bumford-Rawling - her partner James DeBell of Westminster VT, Jennifer DuFault - her partner John Osterhout of Swanzey, NH, and Sara Flynn - her husband Michael Flynn of Walpole NH. We certainly cannot forget the utter joys of her life - her grandchildren. Zachary, Emily, Molly, Andrew, Jacob, Noah, Alexander, Mary-Elizabeth and Marcus. As well as her beloved St. Bernard's, Maggie and Lucy. Per her wishes, a grave side service will be held in the spring. As she was so fond of saying - she will be missed more than tongue can tell. "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up. Totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming --WOW-- What a Ride!"
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 8, 2016
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