Diane Marie Milbauer
Diane Marie Milbauer, 63, Nevada, passed away on Friday, Sept. 1, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, following a brief illness. Diane was born March 13, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio, to Lyle E. and Joann Marie (Wheeler) Smith. She was united in marriage to Russell D. Milbauer on Aug. 25, 1979, in Hayward, Calif., and he survives of the home.
Diane was raised in Kirksville, Mo., and Fremont, Calif. She graduated from Irvington High School in Freemont in 1972. Diane worked in management in the grocery distribution industry for several years. Later she worked in the Administrative Office of the Sylvan School District in Modesto, Calif. She and Russell came to Nevada in January of 2006. She has been a volunteer at St. Mary’s where she was involved with the school lunch program, as the librarian, and as an art teacher. She was a member of the Nevada Bunko Babes. Diane was known for her cooking, floral arrangements, and artwork.
In addition to her husband Russell, she is survived by two children, Julie Milbauer, Lodi, Calif., and Brian Milbauer and his wife, Elizabeth, Lodi, Calif.; two grandsons, Logan Milbauer and Elliot Milbauer; parents, Lyle and Joann Smith, Raymore, Mo.; two brothers, Matthew Smith and his wife, Debbie, Christopher Smith and his wife, Christi; two sisters, Cynthia Perez and Kelly Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nevada with Father Peter Savidge officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Nevada. A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. with visitation following from 6:30-7:30 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Church and School in care of Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.
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