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Diane Downing, of Braham, passed away on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. She was 78 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE and INTERMENT will be private and for immediate family only, due to current public health guidelines. The family regrets that this is necessary and looks forward to announcing a public memorial service when conditions allow.

MEMORIALS are preferred to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Braham) or
Second Harvest Heartland at (http://support.2harvest.org/goto/DianeDowningMemorial)

Diane Marie Downing, of Braham, passed away on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. She was 78 years old.

Diane was born on February 2, 1942, at the new Rush City, MN Hospital to parents Paul and Mildred (Grote) Wendt. She grew up around and in Rush City and graduated from Rush City High School in 1960. During her teenage years, Diane worked as a carhop at the A&W, as a waitress at the Grant House, and in the office of the Hammargren Insurance Agency.

In 1956, Diane met Vernon Downing at Moulton’s Rollerdrome in Rush City. She couldn’t resist his sense of humor, his kind manner, and his Cushman scooter, and they were wed on December 31, 1960, at the Methodist church in Pine City. They made their home on the Downing farm near Greeley, and before long they were blessed with two boys.

In 1965, Vernon tried to leave farming due to complications with his health, and the family moved to Foley, then Little Falls, and later Cambridge, where the family grew with son number three. In 1970, Diane and Vernon were drawn back to Braham and the family farm, where the arrival of Daddy’s Little Girl made their home complete.

As if Loving Mother, Dedicated Homemaker, and Farm Wife weren’t jobs enough, Diane eventually went to work in Pine City at the FmHA Office, and she also took on the responsibility of bookkeeping for the Pine County Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA). She later worked in Cambridge at People’s State Bank, Cortec, and Isanti County Human Services, from which she retired in 2010.

Diane was an avid reader, and she loved music, especially her boys Harold, Phil, Don, and Lou—the Statler Brothers. She loved gardening, and both house and yard were full of plants and flowers. She enjoyed sharing her blooms with others, and many of her favorite daylilies now paint the gardens of the people she loved.

A faithful woman of God, Diane was a long-time member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham. She served in a variety of roles, including Altar Guild, LWML, and as a Sunday School teacher.

Most of all, Diane loved her family. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren, and all they had and would accomplish. She will be dearly missed by her family, neighbors, and numerous friends.

Diane is preceded in death by her husband Vernon; her parents; her brother Clifford Wendt; and her godson Matthew Thomas.

Diane is survived by her children, Robert (Lynette) of Pine City, David (Tammy) of St. Paul, Dan (Andrea) of Braham, and Michele (Bob) Berg of Coon Rapids; grandchildren, Colin, Katie, Anna, Bryan, Alec, Emma, Natalie, and Jenna; sister-in-law Marlene Wendt of Waite Park, brother-in-law Harlan (Molly) Downing of St. Anthony, sister-in-law Marianne Downing (Mari Copeland) of Las Vegas; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Diane’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the kind and caring people at Walker Methodist Levande.


11 thoughts on “DIANE M. DOWNING”

  1. My condolences to Diane’s family. It’s always difficult when our Mom/Grandma dies. She will be missed. My prayers are for you. We have the promise of seeing her again. Jesus said he went to prepare a place for us.
    Diane is a sweet lady. Rest In Peace Cousin.
    Susie Studt Gleason

  2. My condolences to Diane’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss Diane. She was a sweetheart and a lovely lady.
    Rest In Peace Cousin.
    Susie Studt Gleason

  3. I met Diane as a coworker at Isanti County Family Services. Her gentle and caring soul was a joy each day as she always had a smile and good word for others. I have thought of her, her flowers and honey, many times since she retired. Rest In Peace dear lady.

  4. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. May you bask in the comfort and joy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as He reaches out to each of you to offer comfort and hope.

  5. Diane was a sweet, gentle, loving woman. Her & Vernie were the best of the best!! Heaven gains some wonderful folks with those two!! Diane was, for years, one of the first ones in line to vote at Royalton!! And always with a huge smile!
    Keeping you all in my prayers!! Hugs!

  6. Our thoughts go out all you Downings & Bergs during this tough week. Hopefully everything goes well with Diane’s good-bye ceremony.
    We had so many fun conversations in the Downing farmhouse kitchen over the years. Before we could cart Dave off on our ‘wild’ nights of the late teens and early 20s it was mandatory to stop in to visit with Vern & Diane. Many tales of the ol’ days of Braham and Rush City, along with many laughs. Diane always made you feel like she was glad to see you!
    Take care, Downing clan…
    Greg & Jenny Hunt & boys

  7. So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Wonderful lady. You will be missed. Hugs and prayers to the family.

  8. Such a gentle and kind woman. My sympathy to her family. She and Vern were always encouraging and positive people to be around.

  9. As neighbors and fellow church members, we always admired Diane for her warmth and kindness. Our parents, Gerda and Jon Scheele always spoke highly of Diane and Vern for their honesty and good nature. We wish her family peace in knowing how much they were appreciated in their community and they will be long remembered.

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