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Dianne E. Hurley

February 25, 1944 - October 17, 2017


Dianne was born to Raymond and Ellen Schmidt in Albany, Oregon on February 25, 1944 and went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 17, 2017.  Dianne grew up on the family farm on Knox Butte and attended Albany Union High School, graduating in 1962 as salutatorian of her class.  During this time she met her future husband, Melvin (Mel) Hurley.  They were married on June 25, 1965.  After spending three years in California where Mel earned his baccalaureate degree, they returned home to Oregon and moved to McMinnville.  While there, Dianne served as an X-ray Technician and had her two sons, Patrick and Stephen.  She later moved to Mt. Angel with her husband and they finally moved to Salem where they lived until her passing.  Dianne loved genealogy and was known as the family historian.  She would spend hours researching and visiting places of family significance.  She traced her family back through the Civil War, Revolutionary War and to their first arrival a few years after the pilgrims.  She passed on the rich heritage of pioneers, war heroes, and circuit riders (her great grandfather was one) as well as a legacy of her own. Dianne loved to serve, especially one on one.  From teaching Sunday school to serving eight years on the Alzheimer’s board, Dianne loved people and devoted herself to making others’ lives better.  Dianne was also an accomplished artist who loved to draw and paint with watercolors.  Much of her life is captured in the pictures that she painted.

Dianne was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She is survived by her husband Mel, brother Larry (Wilma), sister Darlene (Dick), sons Patrick (Tara) and Stephen (Buffi), and grandchildren, Abigail, Aidan, Emma, Caleb, and Paige.

Memorial service will be held at Salem Evangelical Church (455 Locust St. NE) on Saturday, October 28 at 11:00am.

 

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