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Diane Elizabeth Danville

February 1, 1949 March 29, 2019
Diane Elizabeth Danville
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Diane Elizabeth Danville, 70, of Midland, formerly of Freeland, passed away peacefully March 29, 2019 in Midland surrounded by family. She was born February 1, 1949 in San Antonio, Texas, daughter of Dennie and Nellie (Roles) Smith. As a child whose father was in the military, Diane moved around often, but always felt at home in Kansas. After graduating from high school, she went on to become a teacher and earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Diane had a passion for teaching whether it was her students in her classroom, her children or grandchildren. This was evident even through her walk with dementia where she could be seen teaching, organizing, planning, and preparing for events or activities. She had a thoughtfulness for children that exceeded most. Diane spent her life devoted to her family, teaching in the Saginaw schools, and rescuing animals. She was proudest of raising three strong daughters, her grandchildren, and educating Special Needs children. She will be missed by many but truly welcomed by God.

Diane is survived by her daughters, Terese (Eric) Shepherd, Paula Danville, and Christina (Christopher) Mathews, as well as grandchildren Anthony (14), Brianna (8), Kursten (7), John (2), and Evan (2), her sister, Ruth Hanson, nephew, Nathan Hanson and niece, Dayna (Matt) Mager. She was preceded in death by her parents Dennie and Nellie Smith.

Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 West Wheeler Street. Reverend Gerald Ferguson will officiate with burial to follow in West Side Cemetery in Freeland. Diane’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of services. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider S.A.F.E. of Clare County.


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Visitation

Saturday

6

Apr

11:00 AM 4/6/2019 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 4/6/2019 1:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

6

Apr

1:00 PM 4/6/2019 1:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Westside Cemetery Final Resting Place

North River Road Tibbawassee Township, MI

North River Road Tibbawassee Township, MI
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