It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to Diane “Dee” Stowell. She passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the age of 69 years at her home in Crystal Lake.
Diane was born June 23, 1943, and raised in Iowa City, Iowa.
She graduated from Iowa City High School in 1961 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree and certificate of Dental Hygiene from the University of Iowa in 1965. Two weeks later she married the love of her life, James K. Stowell from Elgin. They spent two years in Akron, Ohio, and ten years in Decatur, Ill. before settling in Crystal Lake in 1978.
Diane spent four years working as a learning center aide at North Elementary School before returning to the dental field as a hygienist. During that period she worked for several Crystal Lake dentists.
In 1994 she switched from the dental field to the medical field and worked as a medical receptionist for Crystal Lake Orthopedics and Sports Medicine until her retirement in 2004. After retirement, she volunteered at Centegra-McHenry for many years until her cancer diagnosis.
She often said her sons were her greatest achievements in life and her pride and love for them will live on in Dr. James B. Stowell of Lakeville, Minn. and Dr. Jeffrey K. Stowell of Wingdale, New York.
Her love and devotion to her six grandchildren were always her priority. Alexandra, Jonathan and Jacob Stowell of Minnesota and Casey, Kaylee, and Megan Stowell of New York were always most important in her life.
Diane was a member of the First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, Woman’s Fellowship, and served as a Stephen Minister. She was also a member of the Second Thursday Book Review Club.
She enjoyed Bunko nights, Red Hat activities and birthday luncheons. She loved the sunshine, bike rides on Perico Island, Florida, and most of all long walks on her favorite Anna Marie Island, Florida beach.
Diane will most be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother, proud grandmother, and loyal friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, David; and sisters, Joan and Jane.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; her two sons, James and Jeffrey; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews all over the country.
Visitation and memorial service are pending at the 461 Pierson Street, Crystal Lake, IL, 60014.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson St, Crystal Lake IL 60014-5772, or to Hospice Foundation of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Rd, Barrington, IL 60010-3141.
Arrangements handled by Davenport Family Funeral Home in Crystal Lake.