Diane Jane Oliphant (69 - )

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Diane Jane Oliphant died April 2, 2013, age 69, in Juneau, Alaska. She was born on September 11, 1943 in Phelps County, Missouri to Elizabeth C. Hawley and Elwood B. Oliphant. First of two girls and in predeceased by both parents and sister-Jan. She is survived by her stepmother, Phyllis Oliphant and nine surviving step brothers and sisters.

Dian grew up and graduated from high school in Oregon and left for Alaska with a girl friend right after graduation. The friend left to go back to Washing/Oregon and Diane stayed. In Juneau, she worked in a variety of jobs, both private and public. She retired from the State of Alaska.

Diane had several families she adopted and was adopted by the Juneau area: Margaret Dindinger, Sherm and Hazel Tanner and Tupou clan are such, and numerous local families.

I, William League (Bill), have been her legal guardian since 2006 when health issues made it necessary for someone to look after her. She found care and a place to live at Wildflower Court in Juneau. There with the professional care and assistance she received, she was able to do better.

Diane enjoyed crafts of varying genres and complexity. She attended classes at UAS and other places to expand her knowledge and abilities. She especially enjoyed photography of people in various settings and situations.

Diane liked to house sit for people and families in need of vacations or whatever. She was adept at households that had pets.

Douglas was where she kept an apartment but lived all over the Juneau area. She also traveled and visited many states and went as far west as Tonga.

She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Oregon Coos Bay Chapter and served in different capacities in the Juneau chapter, with membership in several other chapters.

Diane was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in different capacities in the organization.

She asked to be cremated and her ashes buried with her grandmother, Elizabeth Oliphant, in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2013