Diane Millcent Gerard
1933 - 2019
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Diane Millicent Gerard

Redding - Diane Millicent Gerard (née Binkley), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and community advocate, passed away on May 24, 2019 at the age of 85. Born in Vancouver, Washington on October 13, 1933, Diane was raised in the countryside in a log house built by her father. She attended one-room Proebstel School until 1941, when her family relocated to Klamath Falls. After graduating from Klamath Union High School, Diane attended Oregon State University, where she received a BS in Education in 1955. After college, Diane followed her dream to live at the beach and began her teaching career in Santa Cruz, California. While the allure of the sun and sand was powerful, greener pastures lay just over the mountains in Los Altos, where Diane transferred to teach kindergarten at Hillview School. It was not long before she captured the heart of fellow teacher, Louis Gerard, and on June 30, 1958 they were married in Los Altos. They relocated to Redding the following year to start their family. Diane and Lou raised their four children in Enterprise before decamping to Lower Springs in 1973, where they resided for 46 years. Although the home's destruction in the 2018 Carr Fire cast a substantial shadow on Diane's heart, she continued to look forward.

Diane's public spirit was strong and as a citizen of Redding and Shasta she found a calling in community service. She was sought-after for her even keeled ability to think critically and problem-solve with balance and equity. As it was Diane's earnest pleasure to serve others, she devoted much of her life to civic work and served on several boards of directors and was active in many service organizations, among which include: Northern California Campfire Council, Shasta Service Guild, Shasta Historical Society, Shasta High Band and Musicals Boosters, United Way, KIXE public television, League of Women Voters, Shasta Republican Women, Rotary Inner Wheel, American Association of University Women, PEO, Shasta County Juvenile Justice Commission, School Attendance Review Board, Shasta County Grand Jury, Redding Museum, Turtle Bay Development Alliance, Episcopal Community Services, Great Valley Center Foundation, Blood Centers of the Pacific, Jefferson Public Radio, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, and Shasta County Board of Education - a post she held for 32 years. Honors include AAUW Woman of the Year (1981), Chamber of Commerce Virgil Covington Award (1993), and in 1994, Diane was honored Redding Citizen of the Year.

Diane will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and colleagues who loved her grace, kindness, and intelligent sense of humor, and learned to count on her knowledge of local history, and guidance on politics and justice. Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Helen Binkley, and her brother, Randall Binkley. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Louis Gerard, her four children, David Gerard, Amy Pernick, Alice Gerard, and Bruce Gerard, son-in-law, John Pernick, and granddaughter, Caroline Pernick.

A funeral mass will be held at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive in Redding, with a memorial reception to follow at the Redding Elks Lodge, 250 Elk Drive, Redding, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends are welcome to attend either or both events. Please note that parking at All Saints Episcopal Church is limited, with additional parking available along Elk Drive and at Elks Lodge. A scholarship fund has been created in Diane's memory through the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. In lieu of flowers, we invite donations marked "in memory of Diane Gerard" to be made online at www.shastarcf.org/donate, or mailed to Shasta Regional Community Foundation, 1335 Arboretum Drive, Suite B, Redding, CA 96003; or to the charitable organization of your choice.




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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Jun. 27, 2019.
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July 12, 2019
I first remember meeting Diane on Dusty Lane when I played with Amy, Alice, Bruce, and David. I have always admired her selfless dedication to Redding and Shasta County. Wishing Lou ,David, Amy, Alice, and Bruce love and beautiful memories of dear, determined, and dedicated Diane.
Monica Somers Baxter
July 12, 2019
Monica Somers Baxter
July 10, 2019
Love you, Aunt Diane!!
Andy Logan
July 5, 2019
I've had the pleasure to know the Gerards since they moved to Victoria Dr in 1973. Mrs. Gerard was always very special and we had many run in as kids. I didn't realize how special a lady she was until my wife met her a few years ago, not knowing who she was or our history. Diane was so sweet to my wife (whom she'd never met) and told her story after story of us growing up. My wife was smitten with her ever since.
Condolences to Lou, Dave and all the family. She was loved by us all.
Curtis Byron
June 29, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this fine woman who contributed so much to her community.
Larry & Alivia Long
June 28, 2019
Diane Gerard was a very special person in our community. Always willing to give of herself to make Redding and Shasta County better. She cared a great deal about what was happening and would add her voice to advance progress. I had a number of occasions to speak with her on political/ societal issues and she would be committed, but thoughtful in her words. We all could learn from her demeanor and decorum. Diane, I will miss your phone calls.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lou, David, Bruce, and others in the family.
Leonard & Tracy Moty
June 28, 2019
Diane was one of my most admired women. She did amazing things for Shasta County. I had the opportunity to give several presentations to the Shasta County School Board on which she served for 32 years. She was always interested and supportive. I knew her on a personal level as our kids were all in music. She always made people feel like they were special. Her contributions to the many organizations she served with may never again be matched. I will miss seeing her and visiting! My condolences to Lou, Bruce and all the family! Karen Hafenstein
Karen Hafenstein
June 28, 2019
Diane was one of my most admired women. She did amazing things for Shasta County. I had the opportunity to give several presentations to the Shasta County School Board on which she served for 32 years. She was always interested and supportive. I knew her on a personal level as our kids were all in music. She always made people feel like they were special. Her contributions to the many organizations she served with may never again be matched. I will miss seeing her and visiting! My condolences to Lou, Bruce and all the family!
Karen Hafenstein
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