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Diane Barnes Graue

January 31, 1934 ~August 13, 2013

Diane was born in Princess Anne on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Benjamin Lankford Barnes and Grace Johnson Barnes, both Somerset County elected officials. She was educated at St. Mary's College and married Robert W. Graue in Annapolis in 1955. Diane taught school until she raised her own three children, traveling the world as an officer's wife and settling her family into a new community and school every few years until the family relocated to Bellevue, WA in the late 1960s.

Throughout her life Diane was constantly active in her community, contributing her commitment and energy to a wide range of interests. She served often on PTAs, as a Precinct Committee Officer, on the League of Women Voters, as a Bellevue Library Board member, and more recently on the hospitality committee and the Board of Directors at Pacific Regent in Bellevue.

Her children are her proudest legacy; Diane is survived by her three children, Karla Pratt (Jim), Robert Graue (Marisol), Richard Graue (Barbara), and her grandchildren, Maya Graue, Elisa Graue, and Henry Pratt.

She enjoyed traveling, taking tours to China, Russia and Spain; read voraciously; played a decent hand of bridge, relished political discussions; loved a well-made crab cake, a grilled hamburger, and an occasional martini; and delighted in a good joke.

Wherever she was, Diane took a genuine interest in people-friends, neighbors, colleagues-almost every person who crossed her path mattered to her, but her love for children was always first. She enjoyed spending time with children, as a school teacher, mother, grandmother, and tutor and sometimes as a babysitter. Her face would light up when she shared the latest funny story involving kids, especially if it included a smart remark from one of her grandchildren.

Diane will be truly missed by her family, friends and many acquaintances. Her life was full, and her caring, engaged and welcoming personality will not be forgotten by those who loved her.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2:00 pm, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 4228 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Medic One Foundation or the .
Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20, 2013
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