Diane Barker Kieland, born January 14, 1939, to Burke and Gena Barker, passed away August 20, 2021, after battling multiple illnesses. Diane grew up in Everett, WA, graduated from Everett High School in 1957, and pursued her education at the University of Washington, where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After a brief stint in Newport Beach, CA, Diane returned to the Seattle area. After working for Simpson Timber Company for several years, she met her wonderful husband Gary Kieland. They relocated in Everett where they raised their two sons Stuart and Christopher. Diane was selfless and dedicated to helping others. Her first priority was her family: her husband, 2 sons, and her grandson Cole. Her extended family, sister Linda Spear and family, and brother Burke Barker and family, were recipients of her generosity, love and caring. As a volunteer at Providence Hospital in Everett, WA, for 30 years, Diane became an advocate for patients and their families; more recently she volunteered at the hospital's gift shop. Neighbors and friends marveled at Diane's active life. Seen running or power walking with various canine species, Diane kept herself healthy and fit and was a role model for the health conscious. Impeccably dressed and a true beauty, Diane welcomed friends and family to her lovely home and manicured gardens. Diane was predeceased by her husband Gary (2008) brother Burke Barker (2017), and several special and beloved dogs. Survivors: her son Stuart, his wife Molly; son Christopher and his wife Paula; her grandson Cole; sister Linda; sister-in-law Jeanne Barker. All who knew and loved Diane will miss her compassion and radiant smile. Whenever you meet a golden retriever, think of Diane! A private family service was held to celebrate Diane's life. Contributions in her memory may be sent to: Providence Hospice Foundation or the charity of your choice
. January 14, 1939 - August 20, 2021
Published by The Herald (Everett) from Sep. 19 to Sep. 20, 2021.