Diane, a long-term resident of Alexandria, VA died 5/7/18, age 83, at her son’s home in Redding, CA while visiting him for health reasons. She had been suffering vascular dementia for some time. She was emotionally supported by her two children, brother, daughter-in-law, and sister-in-law at the time of her death. There was a lot of love in the air.
Diane was energetic, intelligent, caring and sometimes a royal pain in the neck (her brother is writing this.) She was raised by her father, Hugh C. Mays, and her mother, Josephine A. Mays in Maricopa and attended school in Maricopa and Taft and graduated Taft High School in 1952. After graduating she married her high school sweetheart, John Thulin. John was an Air Force pilot, so they moved around the country a lot.
Diane contributed a lot during her life. She and John raised two adopted children. She should be proud of her part in raising two children who are both good human beings that contribute to society. Sometime during her life, she succumbed to demon rum until she became sick of being sick and poured it down the drain. During her decades of sobriety, she sponsored many members of AA and should be proud and satisfied with her efforts to help them. She proved herself to be an apt business woman first with an antique shop in The Thieves Market and them with an upscale store called Diane’s Carriage House. She was among the first women members of Rotary International.
No formal ceremony is planned by the family in Taft, but she is buried in Taft’s West Side Cemetery.
We all miss her.