Diana Rae (Lorenz) King (1944 - 2014)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Diana Rae (Lorenz) King, 69 years old, of Olympia Washington, died on Sunday, Feb. 9, at her home. She was born on June 22, 1944 in Madison Wis., and became the loving daughter of her adopted parents, John A. Lorenz and Lucille W. (Auten) Lorenz of Independence. There she graduated from high school with the class of 1962, and began a career with AT&T as a telephone operator. Diana married her childhood boyfriend, Richard L. King of Hudson that same year.
Richard had joined the Air Force, and they were sent to McGuire AFB in 1963, where she worked for New Jersey Bell as an operator. After discharge in 1965, Diana and her husband moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where she began work for Mountain Bell. In 1966 they moved to Pueblo, Colo., continuing to work for Mountain Bell until 1978, when she and her husband moved to Olympia, Wash. Here Diana began work for Northwestern Bell, where she continued with the company as it was sold and she eventually became a Qwest supervisor. Diana retired in 2000 from the company that's now called Century Link.
Diana is survived by her husband of 51 years, Richard, her daughter, Tara (Mike) Piper of Olympia, Wash., her grandson, Tristen Piper, and her great granddaughter, Cassie Piper. She is also survived by a special aunt, Darlene Lorenz of Independence; her biological mother, Phyllis Fasanella of Mission Viejo, Calif.; her sisters, Vicky Miner of Wildomar, Calif.; Sherry (Bob) Drzewicki of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Kat Arnold of Chicago, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her adopted parents; her son, Darrin J King; a brother, Charles Arnold; and a special uncle, Glen W Lorenz.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at Mills & Mills Funeral Home, Tumwater Wash.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 14 to Mar. 1, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park
5725 Littlerock Road SW | Tumwater, WA 98512 | (360) 357-7743
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