December 10, 1954 — April 8, 2018
On Sunday, April 8, while surrounded by the children and grandchildren she adored, Diane Lorrayne Merrifield passed quietly, joining her husband and true love, Steve; her son, Michael; and her granddaughter, Cassie-Jo, in Heaven.
Diane was born in Vancouver, Washington, on December 10, 1954, to Larry and Jean Powell. In her teens, she walked into Cascade Lanes where she met the night manager, Steve Merrifield. They later married, relocated to Albany and started a family.
Steve and Diane had three children, Eddie, Mike and Tonya-Jo. They were also proud to adopt Jeff and welcome him into the family, raising him as their own.
Throughout the '80s, Diane worked the front desk of Albany Bowling Center and coached junior bowling leagues. She bowled regularly and also played slow-pitch, co-ed softball.
In 1988, Steve and Diane purchased Silver Creek Lanes, and the family moved to Silverton, Oregon. In addition to her children, her customers became her extended family. Holidays were multi-family gatherings at the bowling alley, welcoming one and all.
In the mid-'90s, Diane took the name that she most enjoyed, “Nana." That’s the name that her grandchildren called her. Nana and Papa’s was a place for the grandkids to come together to play and have fun with their cousins. In all, Diane had ten grandkids.
After selling Silver Creek Lanes and “retiring,” they moved to Charleston, Oregon. It was then that Diane found her true calling as a caregiver. From that time until her passing, she provided loving care to her mother-in-law, Darlene; sister-in-law, Jackie; husband, Steve; and later, to her grandson, Owen-Michael.
Diane was selfless and giving, always trying to make those around her happy. She raised her children and grandchildren on these two simple principles: “choose to be happy” and “live by the Golden Rule,” and she set a great example for both.
Diane is survived by her children, Eddie Merrifield, Tonya-Jo Robinson and Jeff Merrifield; and grandchildren, Devan, Calvin, Boston, Noah, Cooper, Lantz, Kaylie-Jo, Owen-Michael and Evan-Wyatt. She is also survived by the many lives she touched along the way, who she looked upon as family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve; son, Michael; and granddaughter Cassie-Jo.
There will be a celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. on April 29 at Silver Creek Lanes in Silverton. For additional details, contact email@example.com.
Diane was notorious for avoiding having her picture taken, so the family welcomes any and all photo submissions that anyone has!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a small donation to the American Cancer Society or to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Diane’s memory.
Online condolences for the family may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.