Diana Jean (Young) Smith, 81, passed on November 25, 2022. Diana was born on September 3, 1941, in Mesa, Arizona, to Elmer W. and Floy Ann (Payne) Young. She spent her early years in Gilbert, Arizona before her family moved to Mesa where she started elementary school. She graduated from Mesa High School in 1959. At the age of 17, she began her career as a legal secretary working for Attorney Joe S. Reynolds, whom she worked for until she retired.
Diana spent all her life in the Valley and married her husband, Chester L. Smith on September 3, 1960. Both she and her husband spent 30 plus years volunteering and running the Mesa Girls Softball League, spending much of their time from January to August each year signing girls up, working on fields, running concession stands, and any other job that needed done. Diana also enjoyed camping, reading, shopping, exploring genealogy, and spending time with friends and family. She was a loving mother to daughters, Shelley (Eric) Reid, and Connie (Kevin) Chastain, and to son, Mark (Lisa) Smith; she was a wonderful grandmother to nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Diana was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ann, husband, Chester; brother, Wayne and daughter, Shelley. She is survived by her children Mark and Connie; sister Nancy; stepmother Donna; grandchildren Jason, Sean, Meagan, Alexandria, Matthew, Gabriela, Justin, Brandon, and Garret: great-grandchildren Payton, Cooper, River, Rain, Kennedy, and Jaydan.
Visitation: Thursday, December 8, 2022, from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Bunker’s Garden Chapel – 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201.
Celebration of life: Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at 242 W. 9th Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201.
Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.
I’ve known Diana since 7th grade, but we only became closer after she helped my sister with some legal issues. We took a trip tp the Grand Canyon which she had not seen before and had a great time with lots of laughing. She, my sister, Charlene, and I often ate lunch together and we enjoyed out times together. I will miss her until the end of my time.
One of my favorite Aunts by far always made sure that we got a snow cone on the house when we played softball. Came to every birthday party I had for all my kids. Never said no when I asked her for help maneuvering the legal and court systems. We will miss her dearly. I’m happy knowing she is with her mom,dad,husband and daughter that she missed.
Diana is a much loved, precious cousin. I love that she is with her Mom, Dad, Brother and daughter.