PATRICIA DIANN HUNT
1955 - 2013
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PATRICIA "DIANN" HUNT, 58, of Woodburn, stepped through Heaven's gates at 5:03 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. She was born in Muncie, Ind. on Aug. 2, 1955, a daughter of the late Jesse T. and Edna Mae Walker. She was a member of Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne. Diann was an accomplished author of 25 books, and a Hallmark Channel movie of her novel For Better or For Worse will air July 12, 2014. She loved to laugh and encourage other people. She married James Hunt of Lafayette, Ind. on March 22, 1975 who survives her. They have two children, daughter, Amber (Kyle) Zimmerman of Fort Wayne ; and son, Aaron (Megan) Hunt of Jackson, Mich.; she is also survived by two brothers, Jess Walker of Bismarck, N.D., and Fred Walker of Great Falls, Mont.; and seven grandchildren, Macy, Micah, Zoe, and Xander Zimmerman and Abby, Mia and Maddox Hunt. She was preceded in death by her sister, Shelia Mae Dawson. Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Rex Person and Pastor Brady Wisehart officiating. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Grace Point Church. Memorials are to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (ncm.org). To sign the online guest book go to www.mccombandsons.com



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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 1, 2013.
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November 26, 2019
Still miss you Diann! Im looking forward to seeing you again! Hard to believe its been this long! This season brings sooo many good memories. Really miss those times! Love you!
Beth Wallace
Sister
December 5, 2013
Patty and I have wonderful memories of Diann. Heaven is richer. It was such a privilege and joy to be her pastor.
Virgil and Patty Mills
Virgil and Patty Mills
December 5, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Diann was a very gracious and special woman, even in her pain. May God's grace be with you in this most difficult time.
Jill Eileen Smith
December 3, 2013
What a wonderful example Diann was to all who knew her. She inspired other writers and her love for Christ was so evident. Praying for her family and friends as they go through this difficult time.
Penny Zeller
December 3, 2013
Thank you for the legacy you leave behind in your books. Your gift for helping your readers see truth even while laughing will live on forever. Praying for your family and friends.
Melissa Ortiz
December 3, 2013
I've never met anyone who, in her own pain and distress, was so focused on others. I've heard so many people say they aspire to live and die the way Diann did. She was a blessing to everyone whose lives she touched and I'm honored to have called her friend. Prayers for Jim and all the family who will miss her more than words can express.
Deborah Raney
December 3, 2013
I am Praying for you all at this difficult time. I have fond memories when you all lived in Sterling,IL. We lived close to you then on 13 th ave when you pastored at Sterling 1st church of the Nazarene. I can still hearJim and Diann singing together. What a great couple to hear sing together! PRAISE THE LORD! What a blessing to know you. Diann was such a light and godly example. She loved the Lord Jesus, and loved her family. She had an infectious smile, and sense of humor. I am sorry or your loss. She will be greatly missed. You have a beautiful family. To God be the Glory, With deepest sympathy, Diana(Gray) Kelley
Diana (Gray) Kelley
December 3, 2013
Diann is one of the most courageous women I have ever known. She is a special birthday buddy that I will miss so much.
Vicki Hamilton
December 3, 2013
Diann touched so many lives. I never met her in person, but I have been changed through the light and love she poured into the lives of everyone she touched. Praying for all of you.
Nancy Mehl
December 2, 2013
Diann had such a sweet spirit! She demonstrated God's love to everyone she came in touch with, whether through a smile or a kind word. She will be greatly missed!
Jillian (Rinehart) Rennaker
December 2, 2013
Heaven is a prepared place for His prepared people. My friend I know of no one who could have walked a more prepared road than you Diann. The sound doctrine of the Vine, in the Holy Spirits hands is a beautiful branch of eternal life, but in the hands of the unbeliever, it is death eternal. Diann you knew the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ well and you lived it everyday of your wonderful, shortened life on earth. Your simple faith in God and your knowledge of where your help came from, is a testament, not only to your resolve, but your deep love of The Incarnate Word. As we have been a witness to your simple faith. I say I do not care if a theologian somewhere says that heaven is a fable. Those like you, my lovely M&M buddy, who have found Jesus and live for Him daily, know that heaven does exist , and I know you are as exuberant up there as you were here on earth before your illness got the better of your energy........I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 I love you girlie. Give the Savior a Holy, Holy, Holy are you Lord for me. I'll be seeing you friend.
Val Eads
December 2, 2013
Diann taught me so much about wringing every ounce of joy from this life as we prepare for the next. I love her so much and will carry her legacy with me.
Colleen Coble
December 2, 2013
RIP Diann and may God bless your family.
Amy
December 2, 2013
To Jim, Amber, Aaron, and Family: Penny and I are very sorry for your loss! Diann was a wonderful Christian and dearly loved her Family! She touched thousands of lives through her Christian Witness! We can take comfort that she is with Jesus today and has no more pain! God Bless You! We are praying for you! Love, Wayne and Penny Daugherty
Wayne and Penny Daugherty
December 2, 2013
Diann was a fellow sweet M & M of mine. She shared in prayers and encouragement to all of us even through her difficulties. She has been and will always continue to be a blessing and witness in the lives of so many.
Susan Marriott
December 2, 2013
I knew Diann from Facebook and her blog and her spirit and testimony was so wonderful! Will miss seeing her on Facebook but I know she is home with her Beloved Saviour! My heart goes out to Jim and the Family!
Christina Turner
December 2, 2013
Diann always had a smile and a kind word for all who crossed her path. She will be missed.
Jim and Judy Rinehart
December 2, 2013
Jim and family, sending you my love and condolences for your loss. Diann was a joy and delight to know, and her faithfulness to the Lord through her entire illness will be celebrated for all eternity. She was a friend and an inspiration. Praying peace for you in this season.
Rachel Hauck
December 2, 2013
Diann- such a beautiful soul and vibrant joyful spirit. Never once, in all the time I've known you did I ever walk away from you feeling anything less than loved and blessed. You are what role models are made of. I hope you're spreading your wings, breathing deeply, singing beautifully and laughing with the saints. I hope you have forgotten all your pain on earth, and you are experiencing the final and true birth into your forever home with Jesus. Your family is to be envied for having walked so close to you. You were faithful in being a godly wife and mom and friend. Jesus must be smiling from ear to ear to have you there. Down here- lots of tears and aching hearts. Your life will always be one I use as a plumb line for my own. Your life was one To be aspired to. You did it. You made it through. Made godly choices. Lived like Christ and bore his cross as brutal as it was. You did it. You are a hero!
Jen Nuckols
December 2, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Roberta Buchanan
December 2, 2013
Aunt Diann you will be greatly missed. Your faith along with Jim's is something I can only hope to personally have some day. Jim, Amber and Aaron my heart and love goes out to all of you. I love and miss you all. I wish I could be there to watch the ship set sail and say farewell.

Love Brian
Brian Walker
December 2, 2013
Thank you Diann for touching my life all those many years ago and helping me through a really rough period in my life.
To Jim and family - may God wrap his arms around you and carry you through the day ahead.
Rhea Boggs Hull
December 2, 2013
Diann and I share the same birthdate...she and I sang in the choir many years together...I will miss her so much.
Vicki Hamilton
December 2, 2013
I read every one of Diann's books that I ever got my hands on! Her name has been one of my favorite authors I'd look for. I will miss new books by her coming out. My prayers are with you, her family. She will be greatly missed.
Kathy Zink
December 1, 2013
Sometimes we never understand why God takes those we love the most from us just when they're making the biggest difference in people's lives much like Diann did. Her life was lived with grace, strength and a true testimony to her faith in Jesus. She will be deeply missed and even though her physical presence is now home with the Lord, her legacy lives on through her family, her friends and through her words.
Kathleen Smith
December 1, 2013
Live, laugh, love ~ Diann, in a nutshell! She lived her life out loud and with joy. She touched those near and far with sphere talented spirit and mega-watt smile. Gone from our presence, forever in our hearts ~
Ron & Sheleena Courtney
December 1, 2013
I'll never forget Diann's sweet laugh as she embraced me at our writer's conference. She loved hard and encouraged me through her faithful prayers. God's precious gift has gone Home. You will be missed, sweet one.
Jaime Wright
December 1, 2013
Only knew her for a short time via Facebook and her books, but oh, how blessed I feel that I did get to "meet" her! Praying for all of her family and friends.
Teresa
December 1, 2013
Diann was a writing mentor, friend, and Sister in Christ. She left an imprint on my life that will never be forgotten. I can't wait to reunite with her someday in heaven!
Carrie Wisehart
December 1, 2013
Each morning I would check Diann's Facebook page to see if she had posted. If she had, I knew that it was "a good day." My prayers turn now from asking for her healing to asking God to comfort her family. . . Diann, we miss you.
Jean Fischer
December 1, 2013
Oh, Diann; what a precious lady filled with God's love, wisdom, laughter, fun, and encourager!!! I am so happy our paths have crossed; what a great friend!!! You will be missed, but we will meet again in heaven! Love, and heart felt sympathy to your beautiful family!!
Carolyn Lauer
December 1, 2013
RIP Diann
Pamela Hunter
December 1, 2013
Sis you may be gone from this earth, but in my hurting heart you will always be beside me. I LOVE YOU SIS!!!!!!!
Fred
December 1, 2013
I was in a Bible study with Diann in the early 80's. She was an encouragement to me as I was a baby Christian. I have loved her books and stayed connected on FB and will miss her. She has been an inspiration to us all. She is being rewarded for her faith today. As we read in Hebrews 11: The world was not worthy of her!
December 1, 2013
Such a gifted author who loved everyone. She will be missed
angie webb
December 1, 2013
I really loved all her books. Didn't know her but I know she was loved by all. Praying for her family and friends.
Lourdes Montes
December 1, 2013
My favorite photo of Diann.
I took writing classes with Diann in Ft. Wayne at Taylor. That is where we first met many years ago. She was the kindest, most encouraging and delightful person ever and I will miss her laugh and twinkling eyes. My heart and prayers go to Jim, Aaron, Amber and their children--she was so very proud of you! Prayers for you as you go through this next part. She was a brilliant writer who learned the art of writing herself into her funny and enjoyable JOYFUL stories--and oh, how she loved Jesus! And she encouraged us in our own relationships with Jesus. We weep.
Crystal Laine Miller
December 1, 2013
I have never met Diann but feel like I knew her through her books and her dear friend and fellow auther Colleen Coble.You all have a Angel watching over you.May God hold you all close in his comforting arms she will be greatly missed.
Michelle Rivers
December 1, 2013
I will truly miss our little chats. Diann taught me so much and she really cared about everyone. Her books brought me so much joy, I will never forget her. I sent her flowers a few weeks ago, I hope they gave her the joy she gave me.
Dianne Peeler
December 1, 2013
Diann was one of the sweetest people I've ever known. She was full of grace and light and she will be a treasure in heaven. When I look up at the stars I will remember her.
December 1, 2013
Amber thinking of you and your family... I know you had a special bond with your mother... May god surround you with comfort and love
Mary Schmucker
December 1, 2013
My heart goes out to Diann's family. Her love for God shone through her books and she will be missed. My prayers are for God's comfort through other people who will show love and compassion for her family.
Deborah p
December 1, 2013
What an encouragement Diann has been to me through FB. May God surround each member of the family with His peace.
Kaye Nixon
December 1, 2013
So sorry for your loss.
Lauralee
December 1, 2013
Diann touched my heart and sense of humour through her books. May her legacy continue to bless for years to come
V Lawrence
December 1, 2013
I did not know her personally. I followed her progress & her fight through other authors on Facebook. She fought a courageous battle. Hope the Lord takes all of you in His arms & gives you comfort for the days ahead. May God Bless your family.
Joanne Nickles
December 1, 2013
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Linda S
December 1, 2013
I did not personally know Diann, but loved her books. Her heart for the Lord shone through her books. I am praying for her family and friends to feel God's loving arms lifting you up.
Ann Street
December 1, 2013
R.I.P Diann Hunt
Sharon Cole
December 1, 2013
I did not personally know Diann, but truly enjoyed all of her books. May you feel the arms of our Lord surround you during this time.
Michelle Fisher
December 1, 2013
Congratulations Dear Diann on your homecoming! Your smile is warming my heart as I look at your pictures, and I simply can't wait to laugh with you again!!!
Kelly Fink
December 1, 2013
I just can't see your beautiful face Di and believe it's true. You always had so much life in you. You appreciated everything, good and bad. Our friendship was immediate and forever. I can't wait to see you in heaven. You have lived a good and faithful life, and I know God is so proud of you. Praying for those left behind.
Kristin Billerbeck
December 1, 2013
I didn't know Diann personally only from FB but I felt I had known her all my life. What an inspiration she was to me even though she was battling for her life she never stopped Praising her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She loved her family so much.

To Diann's family. She will be greatly missed. I have been and will continue to lift you up in prayer. Praying for the Healing, the Peace, and the Comfort that only our Heavenly Father can give you during your time of sorrow.

Blessings!
Judy Burgi
December 1, 2013
What a privlege to know such a beautiful spirit. I will never forget her laugh, her humor & love of chocolate!!! Deepest sympathy to Jim, Amber, Aaron & grandchildren.
Jan Lancaster
December 1, 2013
Diann I didn't know you for long but I miss you. You were always such a joy and so positive. You will always be an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers for family, friends and your authors. God Bless
Cathy Weber
Branson West, MO
Cathy Weber
December 1, 2013
Diann lived her life with eternity in mind, always praising her Lord even when her illness took a turn. I've learned a great deal about faith from her and thank God every day for encouragement in my life. Praying for Jim and the kids.
Patty Smith Hall
December 1, 2013
If there were fewer miles between me and Fort Wayne, I'd be there to pay tribute to a very special lady. Di was so special to everyone she knew. An encouragement to all. It was a blessing to know her.
Pam Meyers
December 1, 2013
My sympathy to the family. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her in even a small way.
Ginger Green
December 1, 2013
I only knew Diann on Facebook, had become part of the "Accidental Prayer Warriors" who formed initially in 2011 to pray specifically for Diann. Praying for her was part of my life for the almost 2 1/2 years. She will be missed and so will her authorship of her great books. I look forward to that great day when Jesus comes to take all of us home when I can finally be able to meet Diann in person. My prayers are now for her family and close friends who are mourning for their loss. May God our Father and Jesus our Savior wrap their strong arms around each of you in comfort.
Debbie Clark
December 1, 2013
Awesome lady who will be missed...dance on in heaven!!!
stephanie fraze
December 1, 2013
Jim, God is too wise to ever make a mistake and too loving to ever be unkind.
Bill/Lottie Johnson
December 1, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort during this very difficult time.
Katie & Roger Lafferty
December 1, 2013
Sisters Florida vacation and doing research for new book.
Beth Wallace
December 1, 2013
Sisters!
Beth Wallace
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