Diane Mae Gardner Nov. 5, 1966 – April 30, 2024


Diane Mae Gardner, 57, of Evanston, passed away peacefully in Afton, at her childhood home, on Tuesday, April 30, surrounded by her dedicated and loving family. She was born on Nov. 5, 1966, in Afton, the sixth child to Reed H. and Virginia L. Ellis Gardner.

As a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Diane served a mission to Quezon City, Philippines; she was a youth leader, camp leader, Sunday school teacher, Relief Society teacher/leader, nursery leader, ministering sister, coach, umpire, referee and faithful sister.

Throughout her life, Diane touched the hearts of everyone she met with her warmth, kindness, infectious laughter and smile. She was known for her compassionate nature and unwavering support for those in need.

As an elementary school teacher, administrator, coach, leader, mentor and friend, Diane touched the lives of thousands of children and co-workers, while employed at Uinta County School District No. 1 in Evanston for 30 years.

She was also known for lending a helping hand to others, with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Diane loved the thrill of anonymous charity, the quiet Samaritan, or providing Christlike service. If you needed what Diane had, she gave it to you without a second thought.

Diane had a passion for all sports, whether watching (live or on TV), participating, supporting, officiating, or chaperoning. Her creativity and zest for life were evident in everything she did, from quilting, to coloring, and playing the piano.

She spent time with family and friends, playing golf, bunco, skiing, volleyball, basketball, racquetball or softball. Her competitive edge didn’t go unnoticed, as she always had to win. Traveling the world with family and friends were highlights of her adult years. The hours and miles she spent ensuring the family had toys and support can never be measured. Diane did not miss the milestone events of her cherished family, near and far.

The diagnosis of glioblastoma rocked her world, but her never-quit heart and soul allowed her to create stronger family bonds for the 15 months she was granted.

Diane’s death leaves a significant hole in the hearts of devoted siblings, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews. Additionally, countless friends and colleagues, whose lives she enriched with her presence, will deeply miss her.

Diane carried the Spirit of Christ everywhere she went, and she leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and joy that will continue to inspire all who knew her. Though she may be gone from our sight, her influence will forever live in our hearts. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind!”

Diane chose to share her love with Mittens, an imperial Shih Tzu and later she added Meeko and Missy to the household. Those dogs loved her unconditionally, and Diane was devoted to them and their needs.

The Gardner family would like to express our gratitude for the outpouring of love received from healthcare professionals across the region, especially Dr. Morgan and his staff, and the home health care agencies. We would be negligent if we tried to name everyone. You know who you are, you have touched her heart, and ours, and we are confident her influence will remain with you as well.

Diane is preceded in death by her parents, Reed Hemmert and Virginia Leigh Ellis Gardner; and her older brother, Ronald.

She is survived by her siblings Gerrie (Hank), Rollin (Tami), Evon (Bill), Russell (Leslie), Marcella Wright (Dale), Reynold (Jennifer), and Rulon; 17 nieces and nephews; and 19 great-nieces and -nephews, lucky enough to have her as the best aunt ever. Everyone needs an Aunt Diane or Gramma Di.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, May 3, from 6-8 p.m., at Schwab Mortuary in Afton. On Saturday, May 4, visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., prior to the celebration of life at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel located at 104 Johnny Miller Dr., Afton. The celebration of Diane’s life will be at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The Diane Mae Gardner Scholarship Fund, 1430 W. Songbird Drive, St. George, UT, 84790.