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We mourn the loss of Diane Carol Smith, who passed away December 13, 2014. Born October 13, 1963, she was the daughter of Carol Travis and Allan Smith.

Diane excelled at academics, graduating as Valedictorian of Exeter Union High School and from Harvard with a degree in Economics. She began her professional career in Boston as a scheduler in the oil industry, where she used her love of mathematics, games and puzzles to solve difficult logistic problems in markets around the world. Her expertise eventually resulted in a position with the trading firm Goldman Sachs.

As Diane's career interests shifted she became a gifted teacher who touched many students' lives. She was named New Teacher of the Year, being recommended by her colleagues at Robbins School. She then moved on to teach at Barry, Riverbend and Yuba City High School. She particularly loved teaching math, science and critical thinking skills.

Swimming was one of Diane's life long passions. She excelled as a competitor, stroke instructor, and coach. She was nationally ranked in several events throughout her AAU and high school years. Her signature blue swim bag and board shorts were a regular sight at Gauche Aquatic Park, where she trained with her friends on the YC Masters Swim Team. She looked forward to annual January trips to Hawaii to open water swim and enjoy great food and the company of her swim friends. Many members of the community learned to swim or participated in Diane's water aerobics classes.

Diane was also an avid reader, especially of crime novels, and was a long time member of Crane Literary Guild (Book Club). She also became a devout NFL football fan and spent many autumn Sundays in her pajamas watching games and correcting stacks of student papers.

Diane was almost 6 feet tall, beautiful and had wonderful blue eyes. She was the love of her long time partner Chris Mammarelli's life. She was the feisty sister of Cheryll Hare (John), Jim Smith (Deb) and Carin Wirt. She was Auntie Diane to Matthew and Russell Hare, their friends and Daniel Wirt who will miss her "antics."

She is survived by her mom, Carol Travis (Charles), father Allan Smith, many dear cousins and aunts, countless colleagues, students and swimmers.

In lieu of flowers, people may honor Diane's passions by donating to the Sutter County or Tulare County Libraries, Yuba City Parks and Recreation Aquatics Program, the Exeter Union High School Aquatics Program, or to a local Cat Rescue.

A Memorial Open House will be held for Diane at Gauche Aquatic Park, 421 C Street, Yuba City, Saturday, December 27, 2014, from 2-4pm. A memorial will also be held in Exeter, California, in the spring.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27, 2014
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