DIANE MARIE MORRILL
1969 - 2020
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SUGAR GROVE - Diane Marie Morrill, 50, passed away on March 25th at home surrounded by family after a valiant, courageous battle with breast cancer. Diane was born in Peoria, Illinois on September 14, 1969 to Allan and Lois Hultgren. She was preceded in death by her dad, Allan. Diane grew up in a loving household which included her brother Jeff and sister Michele. In college, at the University of Illinois, Diane studied music education and went on to become the orchestra director at Indian Trail Junior High in Addison, Illinois where she taught for 27 years. She was united in marriage to Steve Morrill on November 2, 1996 and a few years later they welcomed son Griffin, and then Jackson. Diane truly loved her boys and beamed with prideful joy as she helped guide them successfully toward adulthood. Diane was a "kid centered" orchestra teacher driven to instill a love of music in her students while at the same time helping them grow to become empathetic, considerate adults. She lived a life of kindness and service exemplifying grace, while putting the needs of others before her own. Diane is survived by her husband, Steve and her children, Griffin and Jackson. Other survivors include her mother, Lois of East Peoria, Illinois, her brother, Jeff of East Peoria and her sister, Michele (Brett) and their two children, Lilly and Mayson of Union, Missouri. Diane also leaves behind her father-in-law, Walter (Elaine) Morrill of Madison, Indiana and numerous aunts and uncles. A scholarship fund in Diane's name will be set up to support middle school orchestra students at Indian Trail Junior High in Addison, Illinois. Diane will be buried at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Sugar Grove, Illinois. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060 or visit us at www.yursfuneralhomes.com.




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Published in Daily Herald on Mar. 26, 2020.
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31 entries
April 4, 2020
Diane and I went to elementary school together in East Peoria. I heard about Diane passing away through another classmate. My condolences to her family. I am heartened to hear of the wonderful life Diane had and all the people she touched throughout her life. What a wonderful person.
Rachel Rouiller
March 28, 2020
Sending Love and Prayers to the Morrill family!! May Perpetual Light Shine on Diane!
Katie Smith
Friend
March 26, 2020
Mrs. Morrill has changed lives and worlds, and she sparked a love for music in many young students, no doubt being an inspiration for aspiring musicians or music teachers. A person who exemplified grace, charm, and unconditional love and support for her family and students, she will be deeply missed. May she rest in peace, and I am so sorry for your loss.
Andrea A
March 26, 2020
My deepest condolences to her entire family. She was a kind and patient soul and she inspired so many not only in music but in everything she did. She will be greatly missed in Addison. It was a priveledge to have known her as my son's teacher and as a colleague.
Raquel Vazquez
Coworker
March 26, 2020
Mrs Merrill was a wonderful Orchestra teacher, so supportive and positive with her students. My daughter Lauren was her student- shes now 32- but we have not forgotten her kindness. May this good woman rest in eternal peace.
Vivian Arendt
Acquaintance
March 26, 2020
Diane and I worked at Fullerton School in Addison. What great memories I have of her as a teacher. She engaged students and obviously loved working with them. She will be missed. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Mary Ellen Reeves
March 26, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My daughter was a student of Ma Morrill she was a wonderful lady she will be truly missed.
Tracy and
March 26, 2020
Steve, Jackson and Griffin,

We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Wife/Mother. She was such a lovely person.

We enjoyed the time our families spent together with travel baseball, and "Action Jackson", we know she loved watching you play.

We are thinking about all of you through this very sad time.

God Bless,

Tom, Kelly and CC Cartwright
March 26, 2020
Steve, Jackson and Griffin, we are so very sorry for your loss. She was such a lovely person.

It was a pleasure getting to know you guys through travel baseball, and Jackson your mom loved watching you play!

We will be thinking of you and praying for you during this very sad time.

God Bless all of you,

Take care,

Tom, Kelly and CC Cartwright
March 26, 2020
Steve, Griffin and Jackson,
I was so sorry to open the paper and read this news this morning. My family extends our condolences to all of you.
Byron Sondgeroth
March 26, 2020
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and wife.

Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.
Martha Bannister
March 26, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family. I attended high school with Michele, Diane, and Jeff. My son, Isaac was in the music program at Indian Trail and he went to ITJHS where Diane taught orchestra/music. Diane has impacted many students and she lives on in the legacy she has left in the lives of her students. She is a beautiful person and will be greatly missed! Our prayers are with you all.
Michelle (Derry) Etheridge
March 25, 2020
Mrs. Morrill was truly one of the best teachers one could ask for. She believed in every one of her students and was very passionate about what she did. I am very glad i met her because she helped me grow so much. May god bless you and your families souls. Prayers are sent, especially during these times.
Anjali A
March 25, 2020
Mrs. Morrill was the first teacher to have an impact on me. Shes part of the reason I am who I am today and I will never forget what she had taught me. Shes the reason I fell in love with music and pursued the violin. I will always be grateful for everything she has done for me, and how much she believed in me. She pushed me to be the best I could, to perform, and compete in every music competition out there. Thank you, Mrs. Morrill for being such an incredible educator and shining so much light on your students. You will be missed. My deepest condolences go out to the family.
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Student
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Condolences to the morrill family. She was my 4-8th grade teacher and were were the last class she had. She inspired me so much, she was such an amazing person and we all loved her very much. I will never forget her because she changed my life. When she gave me the outstanding musician award last year it made me feel special, like I was needed, I finally felt like I was at home. She pushed me to go beyond my skills, she showed me how to play the bass and it was one of the best choice of my life. She would come before school or stay after school to help me and she was always funny. she will always be in our hearts.
Stephanie Ortiz
March 25, 2020
Prayers and condolences to the Morrill Family. Teaching 5th grade in District 4 for 18 years afforded me the honor of working with Diane for many of them. We had great heart-to-hearts and always made each other laugh even when life would get us down. Diane always taught with a smile on her face and music in her heart. The countless students whose lives she enriched are forever blessed to have called her their teacher. She had such patience with our beginner musicians and they loved going to orchestra. I can still see her at concerts tuning cellos and rosining bows to help her students all while calming their jitters. God bless Diane, and God bless you all...
Deanna Johnson
March 25, 2020
Mrs. Morrill was my 5th-8th grade orchestra teacher. She truly was an amazing person and was so sweet. She cared for all of her students and was always there for everyone. She had a heart of gold and inspired everyone with her musical talent. She will truly be missed by all who she has touched. My condolences go out to her family, especially during these rough times.
Vito Diciolla
March 25, 2020
Diane was my daughters orchestra teacher. She was such a very caring person that taught her orchestra classes very well. She will always be remembered and never forgotten❤
Rose Macri-Murray
Friend
March 25, 2020
Mrs. Morill was a wonderful and outstanding orchestra teacher. I did not have her due to me being in bad, but I knew she was an excellent teacher. She has sparked the love of music in many of my friends. She will dearly missed and loves. Rest in Peace Mrs. Morrill. My condolences go to those affected
Raul H
March 25, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. You will me missed
Grace Anagnostopoulos
Student
March 25, 2020
Condolences to Dianes family, her husband, her boys, friends, and all of the students she loved teaching. Thank you, Mrs. Morrill, for being our first music teacher, for instilling a love and appreciation of music, for all of the practices and concerts, for the IMEA competitions, for everything you did for us. So sorry that you had to leave us so soon, but I know your memory will be eternal.
Paulina
Student
March 25, 2020
She was my sonss Orchestra teacher. He always had very nice things to say about her. May she Rest In Peace.
Cardona Family
March 25, 2020
She was wonderful Orchestrated teacher and she loved working with her students. She will always be in our hearts
Olga L
March 25, 2020
Mrs. Morrill was my orchestra teacher when I attended Indian trail. She was always kind and passionate about music. She will be missed.
Lauren
Student
March 25, 2020
Diane defined the first 7 years of my teaching career, both as a mentor and close friend. I was the choir director, and taught orchestra lessons with her through the entire district. She was always so kind and wanted the best for everyone - there's no one that could possibly say anything negative about her. I'm so blessed to have known her. Much love to her family.
Victoria Miller
March 25, 2020
To my beautiful friend. I love you and miss you and know you are without pain and in peace. Thank you for your thirty years of love, kindness, and joy.
Deb Jilek
March 25, 2020
Our beautiful friend
Deborah Jilek
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