Dianne L. Williamson
1940 - 2020
BORN
1940
DIED
2020

BLOOMINGTON - Dianne Lore Williamson, 80 of Bloomington, passed away at 5:14 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington with her husband and daughters by her side.

Dianne was born August 11, 1940 in Bridgeton, NJ, the daughter of Charles M. and Elizabeth "Betty" Lore Smith. She married Douglas Williamson on November 5, 1966 in Bloomington. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mary (Steve) Tucker of Champaign and Tami (Dave) Foley of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Dustin, Jessica and Kaily Grazar, Gavin Foley, Tyler Tucker and Allie Tucker; and two great-grandchildren, Arabella and Braelyn Grazar. Her special bond with her grandchildren led each of them to believe that they were her favorite.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Terry Smith.

Dianne was a 1962 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, majoring in Theatre. She served as publisher/editor of Bloomington-Normal Magazine, was copywriter for WJBC/WBNQ Radio and retired from Illinois State University as Events Coordinator.

Dianne was honored as the League of Women Voters of McLean County as "Leaguer of the Year," was McLean County United Way "Volunteer of the Year" and was a Women of Distinction Nominee. Dianne's real love was the YWCA where she was on the Board of Directors and later the Foundation Board. She served on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of McLean County and was Fundraiser Chair for many years.

She and her husband traveled extensively over the years with family and friends. Their trips took them all over the world, including Western Europe, Egypt and Costa Rica; their love for travel began when they lived in Ireland for a year.

Dianne was many things to many people, but the word most often used to describe her was friend. She never knew a stranger and was loved by all who knew her.

A memorial celebration will be scheduled at a later date. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the YWCA or the League of Women Voters.

To express condolences online, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.


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Published by The Pantagraph on Oct. 18, 2020.
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There are no words to express this loss. Our hearts are broken for Doug, Mary, Tami, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dianne and I graduated from Valparaiso High School in Indiana. Distance and family obligations separated us for many years. However, about 30 years ago, we started getting together with three former classmates for an annual reunion. We visited around the country as our locations ranged from San Francisco, CA to Washington DC. Her favorite city was Chicago. Dianne knew where the best restaurants were, selected interesting plays, and took us to the Art Institute. Unfortunately, we weren't able to meet this year. Our last visit was a Zoom meeting on October 3. We are grateful to have that memory. Our vibrant, interesting, and dear friend will be missed.
Mary Ball Brant
October 20, 2020
We live in Bellingham Wa now. We moved here to be close to Jane and her husband. We are very sad to hear of Diane´s passing. We have many good memories of times spent with all of you. The camping trips were great! We remember our good times on Foster Dr. Tammy and Mary probably don´t remember us but we have pleasant memories of them. Michael has one son and they live in Charlotte. Jane has 2 boys. Katy has a daughter and they live in Maine. Rick has 2 sons in Phoenix´s
Mike and Mary Jane Brunt
October 19, 2020
a loved one
October 19, 2020
We got together with Dianne and Doug frequently and we never once left without a smile and a peck on the cheek. Rest now lady, you will always be remembered with love.
Rick Bremner
Friend
October 18, 2020
Dearest Doug, Ed and I remember when you and Dianne came out here to tell us about your travels to Tuscany. You brought us a bottle of Chianti wine. We had such a good time!!!! Through the years I´ve thought about you as you were one of the writers for the Cemetery Walk and I was a guide. We send prayers, energy and light. Love, Judy and Ed Hines
Judy and Ed Hines
October 18, 2020
To the family of Diane, please accept my Sincere Condolences on her passing. She was a longtime friend. I photographed the covers of her Bloomington/Normal Magazine. I also learned much from her when I published my magazine McLean County Weddings. She had a great sense of humor. I loved working around her. Great memories.
Robert E. Handley
Friend
October 18, 2020
We will always remember Dianne as a warm, hard-working, outgoing person. She always had a smile for you. She will be missed by many of us.
Paula and Steve Smith
October 18, 2020