Diane Lynn Ronan Gaskins – Washington Daily News

The faithful spirit of Diane Lynn Ronan Gaskins, 59, of Washington, North Carolina, was received by her Lord on January 25, 2022. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Oakdale Cemetery and were officiated by Gene Andrews. After the service at the cemetery, the family welcomed friends.

In 2011, Diana was preceded in death by her loving father Harry Ronan. She herself precedes families and communities who consider themselves happy to have walked the earth at the same time as she, including her mother Shirley Taylor Ronan; son Kyle Cox and his wife Jesse; son Adam Cox and his wife Lillian and grandchildren Waylon and Lydia; brothers and sisters Harry Ronan Jr., Carolyn Ronan, Teresa Price and her husband David and John Ronan; a number of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and nieces; and her friends and community at First Church of Christ on 10th Street in Washington, D.C., including Claudia Williams of Washington, a sister sister from childhood and a companion in her later years.

Diana was born at Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany on October 31, 1962, and became the youngest child of Harry and Shirley Ronan, who were there in the U.S. Army. She is a graduate of Washington High School in 1981 and later graduated from Beaufort County Public College with a degree in nursing. Early in her career she was an ambulance nurse in Beaufort County, and later for more than 25 years worked as an ambulance nurse at Beaufort County Hospital (now Widant). Diana will always be remembered and associated with the word “sweet” – she had a sweet spirit, a sweet smile, sweet words to say about everyone, and sweet temperament. She was also a rare natural beauty, but her earthly charms paled in comparison to her truly good and forgiving soul. She loved beauty, serenity, soft fabrics, gorgeous scents, red nails, dachshunds – especially her beloved Chloe – Christmas, Peanuts and the beach. The proverb says, “Cardinals appear when angels are near.” Dear friends, look for another cardinal.

Instead of flowers, please consider donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 91891, Washington, DC 20090 or the Beaufort County Humane Society, PO Box 33, Washington, NC 27889.

Condolences can be expressed to families online by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com

Paul’s Funeral Home and Crematorium in Washington is honored to serve the Diana family.

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