Diane M. Lundquist, 77, of Sioux City, entered into rest Sunday, January 15, 2023, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home. She was a life-long resident of Sioux City. A memorial service will be 11:00 am Monday, January 30, 2023, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel, 1801 Morningside Ave., with visitation one hour prior. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
. Diane was born June 27, 1945, in Sioux City, the daughter of Edmund and Bernice Lundquist. She attended East High School and graduated with the class of 1963. She attended the University of Puget Sound for one semester where she stayed with her Uncle Mel and Aunt Barb. She graduated from Morningside College in 1969 with a BS in psychology. Diane taught Special Education for many years in Nebraska. She worked for an Educational Service Unit and then for the South Sioux City school district. Diane touched many young lives during her years of teaching. Outside of teaching she also opened her home to be a foster mother to three precious, young girls. They brought many joyful memories to her home. For a time in her life, Diane had a special friend Stuart who she shared the love of the outdoors with. They took numerous trips in a camper to explore the beauty of nature and living things such as a road trip over the Alcan Highway to Alaska and a trip to Yellowstone. They were known to have their friend Snoopy tag along on these road trips and he showed up in some of the trip’s pictures! Diane also enjoyed a trip with her parents to Europe in particular Sweden to visit relatives. Other trips include visits to Alaska to see her sister and family, summers spent in Silver Dollar City with family and a cruise with friends. Her travels gave her many cherished memories of time spent with loved ones. With a nurturing heart she opened her home to her beloved dog Kelsey and her bird room full of numerous birds including Hondo and Cocoa, who she taught to talk and sing! She had many hobbies to keep her busy through the years which included woodcarving, painting, coloring, macramé, puzzles, jewelry making and ceramics. Diane was a very crafty person. She also had many collections that she treasured such as dolls, frogs, Snoopy memorabilia, cardinals and comic books. Frogs had a special meaning to her as an acronym for Freely Rely on God. Survivors include a sister, Betty (Gene) Washington State, brother, Tom (Karen) Omaha, seven nephews and great nephews, six nieces and great nieces, three foster daughters, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers her family requests any memorial gifts be directed to Holy Spirit Retirement Home or Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City.