Diana V. Minyard
October 26, 1946 - July 23, 2021
Meridian, Idaho - Diana V. Minyard, 74, lost her valiant struggle against Alzheimer's disease (as all those so afflicted do) July 23, 2021. The world has lost a truly wonderful lady. Diana was intelligent, vivacious, energetic, gorgeous, warm, loving, and elegant person. She was her husband's sweetheart for 57 years, and he her's, and the finest mother to their 2 sons. Diana had many varied interests, among which were cooking, art, and travel.
Diana was a chef in her own kitchen. Her cookbook collection rivals any bookstore's selection. She enjoyed adventurous cooking and all types of cooking utensils. Holidays were culinary delights as well as special occasions, weekend dinner parties, and all other reasons to prepare wonderfully delicious food. Diana Kennedy, Joy of Cooking, Cook's Illustrated, James Beard, Julia Child, Lidia Bastianich, Larousse Gastronomique, and Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book were among her closest cooking companions.
Diana was an artist, spending uncounted hours in her studio and painting watercolors with her friends. Her favorite subjects were found in nature; flowers, fruits, plants and landscapes. She and her friends would travel for enjoyment and to discover subjects for future projects. She was very fond of Ravens and collected many paintings of them. She was also quite fond of Moose, collecting Moose mugs, t-shirts, caps, and everything Moose.
Diana also loved to travel, to see what was over the horizon. She thoroughly enjoyed the variables of travel; The excitement of the airport, queuing up to clear customs, staying in new places with new fragrances, new foods, new drinks, new acquaintances, train rides, chartered bus tours, coastal sailing, RVing, and traveling with her family and friends.
Diana was by profession a Registered Nurse and Emergency Trauma Nurse Specialist. She enjoyed a long career as a nurse and was recognized as the Emergency Department Nurse of the Year by Good Samaritan Hospital. She worked in Risk management at the hospital and as a part of the underwriting process at a malpractice insurance company. Later in her career she worked as a Legal Nurse Specialist for law firms. She was most proud of being a honorary member of the Bisbee Firefighters Local.
Diana is survived by her husband Thomas and their 2 sons, Christopher and spouse, Catherine, and Joshua and spouse, Debra. R.I.P.
Published by Idaho Statesman on Sep. 14, 2021.