Luella H. Diston|
1920 ~ 2013
Luella H. Diston, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away at the age of 93. She has been called amazing, spunky, innovative, determined, honest, conservative, thrifty, tenacious, independent, kind, strong and remarkable by those who knew and loved her. But, you had better be awfully close and in good stead if you wanted to address her as "Lou Lou." That privilege was reserved for an intimate few.
Luella's life could never be adequately defined in a few short paragraphs. She was a child of the Depression, a patriot during WWII and she was one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation. Mere words do not portray a life well lived.
She was the eighth child of Harold and Amy Sims Heward and began life in Almy, Wyoming. She attended school and spent her childhood in Evanston, Wyoming and on a ranch on the Lower Bear River. She loved her Wyoming heritage, adored her Mother and father and was always a Cowboy Joe fan. She graduated from Evanston High school, attended Hastings College (Neb.) Denver U and George Washington University
She married her High School sweetheart, her rock and the love of her life, Frank E. Diston, on May 31, 1942 in Reno, Nevada. She traveled the country with her beloved Frankie during the war as he proudly served in the U.S. Navy.
Luella taught in a one room school house on the Upper Bear River and at the Garfield School in Salt Lake City. She worked in Personnel at the Hecht Co. in Wash. D.C., The Paris Co. in S.L.C. and at Personnel Inc. Her proudest professional accomplishment was to be a highly regarded antiques dealer. She started Amy's Antiques in 1975 and was known for her vast expertise and honesty in dealing with glass, silver and crystal objects. She retired in 1990.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was the Chairperson of the Antiques Show for several years. She was also one of the first women to be an elder.
She was known for her immaculate home (only Mrs. Diston would have white counters!), her beautiful gardens, her fabulous cooking and baking and her elegant parties. There wasn't anything she couldn't do: she made her own homemade soap; braided rugs; she could knit, crochet, embroider, needlepoint and won awards for her sewing; and filled shelves with her beautiful canning jars.
She loved a good party, a beautiful piece of china or glass, her Beringer wine, her little hummingbirds, the Wasatch Mountains, and a "7-Up High." And of course, basketball but especially the Utah Jazz. She was always ready at a moments notice should the coach need any advice or want to put her in the game!
Luella and Frank were the parents of four children: Lou Ann, Barbara Jean, Walter Don and John Lee. Barbara and Walter passed away when they were born and her heart was truly broken at the untimely death of her "one and only John" due to cancer.
Those left to honor and cherish her memories include her immediate family: Lou Ann, Peter, Amy Stevens and Taylor Richards, granddaughters Brooke and Annalee Diston, sisters Pat Alexander and Thelma Davis, numerous nieces and nephews, and her grandpuppies Spike and Dougie. She was an extraordinary Mother, a wonderful Mother-in-law, and a devoted Grandmother. Oh, how we all miss her!
The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to Lori Moger for her love and care during the last months of our Mother's life.
In lieu of flowers and honoring Luella's wishes donations may be made to the Humane Society of Utah.
We will celebrate her remarkable life-a life that enriched us all and left this world a better place-on Saturday, September 7th. Please join us as we remember her at 2783 Sherwood Drive from 7 until 10 in the evening. Online condolences may be shared at www.evans-earlymortuary.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5, 2013