Born: December 19, 1949
Place of Birth: Humphrey, NE
Death: July 3, 2012
Place of Death: Anchorage, AK
Occupation: Activity Clerk
December 19, 1949 - July 3, 2012
On Tuesday July 3rd, at the age of 62, Diane Dorothy Harrison passed away after her long and valiant fight with cancer. Diane passed away peacefully and without pain and with family by her side.
Diane was unrivaled as both a loving wife and a remarkable mother. Diane was always quick with an ornery comment or funny joke as well as a shoulder to lean on or an arm around the shoulders to let you know she cared. Anyone who came in contact with Diane instantly became her friend and felt the love of being part of her family.
Diane was born on December 19th, 1949 to Carl and Mary Van Dyke. She was the youngest of 6 children and grew up on a farm outside of Humphrey, Nebraska. At an early age her family moved to Fremont, Nebraska where she attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and then moved on to Bergan High School where she met her future husband, James Harrison. Despite not knowing that he sat directly behind her all through 8th grade, she eventually paid attention to him and they began dating. Rock concerts were their thing and on their first date they travelled to Omaha, Nebraska to catch a small band named The Who. Several years later, the loving couple were married on October 9th, 1971 in Fremont and through their 40 years of marriage their devotion to each other never wavered. James being part of the military, the couple had the chance to visit and live in several different states before eventually settling in the beautiful state of Alaska and making it their home. On April 13th, 1979 the incredible pair were blessed with the greatest gift of all, a remarkable and pretty much perfect son which they named Chad Carl Harrison. The loving duo became a trio and the love that was shared between them continues on despite Diane’s passing.
Diane started her 20+ year career with the Anchorage School District first at the Administration Building with Substitute Dispatch, she then moved to East High, Clark Middle School, Bartlett High, Central Middle School, West High and then finishing up her devoted career back at home at Bartlett. It was at Bartlett where she found her home as the Activities Secretary. Her lifelong love of sports made this a natural fit and her time spent at Bartlett with the students that she loving referred to as her “Bartlett Babies” were undoubtedly the best of her life. Diane never hesitated to bring work home or volunteer her time for activities or students. She will never be forgotten.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Mary and her sister Joyce Beller. Diane is survived by her husband James; son Chad; sister Carlene Beller and husband Ivan; brother Tom Van Dyke and wife Sue; brother Jim Van Dyke; sister Mary Lynn Kingry and husband Dale; and all of those who knew her.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17th at the Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory, 1800 Dare Ave. in Anchorage.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home. Diane’s obituary and online guestbook may be visited at www.AlaskanFuneral.com