Diane Chitty 10/26/33 – 03/24/13
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Diane was born October 26, 1933 in Tulsa, OK. After graduating high school she was hired by Bob Ellis in Ketchikan, Alaska to work for Ellis Airlines in the early 1950's. After a few years she moved to Anchorage, AK where she met her future husband Dick Chitty, a relationship lasting 50 years until his death in 2008, they married in Omaha, NE, lived in Anchorage until 1959 when family moved to Juneau. While here she worked many years for Channel Flying as their Radio Operator, also working at
Livingston Copters, Coastal-Elllis Airlines, Alaska Airlines and the State of Alaska. After they retired they moved around the state a bit, eventually settling in Anacortes, Washington for 20 years, with a brief move to Tuscan, then back (Too Hot!)
Beginning in the 60's, Diane began what turned out to be her life's passion-singing, playing the piano, and directing many musical groups where ever she lived.
She passed away March 24th after a brief illness in Anacortes, where she will rest with her husband and her parents.
She is preceded in death by her husband Dick, father Clem Hannum, Mother Edna Hannum, and her sister-in-law Nancy Hannum.
She is survived by her son Mike (Konnie) Chitty of Juneau, AK, daughter Dawn Kasiah of Seattle, brother Terry Hannum of Lakewood, CO, Grandchildren Kim (Keith) Doyle of Vancouver, WA, Cole Munro-Chitty and Casey Munro-Chitty of Portland, OR, Nephews Mark (Karen) Hannum of Littleton, CO, Scott (Diane) Hannum of Littleton, CO and 9 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Anacortes Saturday, April 6th.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Mar. 29, 2013