After bravely battling multiple myeloma for over three years, Diane Marie Arrieta-Brooks passed away peacefully in the company of her family and friends on February 9, 2019 at the age of 43.
Diane was born on January 26, 1976 and was raised in New Jersey. She attended John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and duCret School of Art. As a natural observer of patterns, structures, and shapes, she was recently pursuing studies in architectural design in the state of Arizona, her last place of residence.
Diane was a talented artist with a creative eye for design and a love for textiles. Whether she was playing with oils, pastels, pencils, tiles, swatches, or a computer, no matter the instrument at hand, she created authentic pieces distinctly crafted by her own colorful imagination. She approached motherhood much in the same artistically playful manner, and enjoyed creating original Halloween costumes for her son, Theo, and even custom designed the blue prints to build him his own personal wood cabin in their backyard.
Diane enjoyed camping in the great outdoors, and the crackling flames and scent of a wood fire at night, under a sky blanketed in stars. In both the kitchen and in her circle of friends, she generously added spice to life—her condiment shelf was always stocked, and her warm laughter and straight shooter commentary let everyone in the room know, now there’s a party getting started. Diane also loved animals and her home was always a place where pets were family.
Diane is survived by her husband, Christopher E. Brooks; son, Theodore J. Brooks; parents-in-law, Edward and Christine Brooks; sister-in-law, Stephanie Kohnke (Matt); and cousins, Janet M. Abbott (Todd), Michele L. Carpenter (Brent), and Dana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frankie and Karen Arrieta.
A private memorial service will take place in Queen Creek, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in honor of Diane Arrieta-Brooks to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: https://themmrf.org/