Diane E. Williams

Diane E. Williams

Diane E. Williams

Cedar Rapids

Diane E. Williams died unexpectedly at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital Dec. 6, 2022, while recovering from a recent illness. A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom. A service will follow at 5 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. Entombment: Private at Cedar Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Diane Esther Williams was born on July 24, 1937, daughter of Esther and Leonard Teigen, and big sister to Terry and Bruce Teigen. She grew up in Rochester, Minn., worked as a car hop, attended Rochester Junior college and then Mankato State University. While at Mankato State, Diane met the love of her life, Gary N. Williams, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Diane and Gary locked eyes during a parade at Mankato state and the rest was history. Together they transferred to Coe College to finish their B.A. degrees in education. After her B.A., Diane then went on to complete her master’s degree and then worked toward her doctorate.

Diane married Gary on June 26, 1960.

Diane had a long and successful career as an educator and then Reading Specialist for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, and retired at age 56.

During her younger years, Diane owned two horses that she loved dearly, and would spend many hours of her free time riding with friends and family in the undeveloped woods on the SE edges of Cedar Rapids and Marion. During the winter months, Diane would enjoy hiking in the snow, cross country skiing, ice skating, making snow angel with her children and even snowmobiling.

During her retirement, Diane enjoyed many years

at their summer home with Gary, entertaining family and friends.

Diane was an amazing mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend. She put her all into everyone and everything. No obstacle was too big for Diane to face.

Diane was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gary, on June 14, 2022.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Todd Williams, wife, Sharon; Tami McIntyre, husband, John; her grandchildren, MacKenzie Williams Hatch (Nate), Zach Williams (Hannah), Cody McIntyre and Ryley McIntyre; her great-grandchildren, Tomi Lynn, Beckett, Brigham, Teagan, Nashton and Evelyn; brothers, Terry Teigen (Lana) and Bruce Teigen (Paulette); and nieces and nephews, Tracey, Heather, Kim, Blake, Jessica, Melissa and their children.

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