Diana Lynn Mears, age 70, of Marion, formerly of Byron, passed away at 11:13 PM, Friday, September 4, 2020 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Diana was born on December 2, 1949 in Sycamore, Illinois to the late Calmer and Mildred (Dahl) Martinson. She married Jim Mears on August 24, 1986 and he survives in Marion. Diana formerly worked as an office manager for the Genesis House in Genoa, Illinois. Diana was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa and Valley Trail Riders of Rockford, Illinois. Diana was an avid horseback rider and golfer. She loved to travel, snorkel and play the organ. She was the rock of her family and as Jim said “She’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”
In addition to her husband Jim, Diana is survived by her children, Stephanie Hollinger and husband Roger of Russellville, Arkansas; Lt. Col. Chad Daniels and wife Rosella of the U.S Army; Jamie Dean and husband Rawlin of Temecula, California; and Terri Mears of Holly, Michigan; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren, sister, Sandra Musch and husband John of Rockton, Illinois and several nieces and nephews.
Diana was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Richard Martinson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Pastor Chris Winkleman will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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