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Diana L (Dunn) Evenson, 83, of Fort Worth, TX passed away peacefully on December 26, 2023. She was born on July 29, 1940 in Aurora, IL to Janey (Bong) and Walter Dunn.
As a child, Diana became an avid reader (primarily mysteries), cinephile (weekly movies with her father), and accomplished pianist. She also developed an eye for antiques (auctions with her mother), a love for all creatures, a talent for gardening (living next to her grandparents, who grew their own food), a passion for nature, and a zest for car rides with no particular destination.
Upon graduation from Madonna Catholic High School, Diana began a career at Caterpillar Tractor, where she soon met her future husband, Robert Evenson. She resigned after the birth of their first child, Kevin. Two daughters would follow: Kelly and (almost 10 years later) Erin.
Diana was a life-long learner and consummate self-proclaimed “Yes!” girl; she remained curious and open-minded. The combination of Diana’s credo that every day is a celebration, Robert’s appetite for adventure, and their mutual love of history, travel, exploration, the outdoors and James Bond created a life full of fun, excitement, spontaneity, surprises, close calls, and narrow escapes. Diana also had a very dark sense of humor, which was quite handy, because when things went awry, there was usually a great deal of laughter.
The arts played a significant role in Diana’s life; she embraced all types of music throughout her life. But it was her exploration into visual arts that took Diana on a fantastic journey of self-expression. After delving deeply into a number of different mediums, she ultimately found her calling in the fiber arts. Utilizing weaving, freeform crochet, and found objects, Diana created extraordinary tapestries and magnificent one-of-a-kind garments, hats, and other accessories. Her creations were featured in select galleries and fiber art runway shows across the US.
Mom, you were my best friend, as well as the funniest woman I’ve ever known. Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for raising me in a nurturing environment, exposing me to an incredibly diverse world of topics, encouraging me to pursue my interests, and allowing me to learn from my mistakes. You instilled in me confidence, independence, determination, persistence, resilience, humor, curiosity, intelligence, responsibility, strength, courage, honor, empathy, kindness, grace, gratitude, creativity, individuality, and eccentricity. I have a lifetime of brilliant family memories, but the hilarious chronicles of our mother/daughter adventures together in the US, Canada and Europe bring me the most joy. I like to think that we left smiles, laughter, or simply head-scratching in our wake.
In addition to her parents, Diana was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Robert; son Kevin Evenson, and daughter Erin Evenson.
Diana is survived by her daughter, Kelly Evenson of Fort Worth; granddaughter Candida Lemke (Mark) and great-grandsons Jason and JJ of Columbia, KY; grandson Joshua (Rikki) Evenson of Kearney, MO; sister Nikki Reagan of Pacific Palisades, CA; brother Jeff Palmer of Downey, CA; sister-in-law Marcia (the late Jim) McAdams of Winfield, IL; brother-in-law Ronald (Carol) Evenson of Elm Grove, WI, and many nieces and nephews.
Per her wishes, Diana was cremated.
To every single remarkable person at James L West and to our outstanding hospice team at Community, our family is grateful for your loving care, kindness and concern for Diana. Your attention and anticipation of her needs greatly assisted her peaceful transition and gave comfort to all of us.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the James L West Center for Dementia Care in Fort Worth, TX (www.jameslwest.org/about/charitable-giving/) or to Community Healthcare of Texas Hospice (www.chot.org/giving/).
Diana respected all peoples, all cultures, all nations, and all religions. May her beautiful and extraordinary spirit live on through all who knew her.