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Diane Marie Arrieta-Brooks

01/26/1976 - 02/09/2019

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/


  • I’m glad this mentioned Di’s sassy, no-BS personality. :] Much love to you and Theo, Chris.

  • Kim Insalaco-White

    So beautifully stated. Truely blessed to have known her. Love and hugs.

  • The Kaller Family

    This is a perfect tribute and sums up Di perfectly. We really are going to miss her so much. We’ll always be here for you and Theo.

  • Richard S Insalaco

    We are sorry to hear about the passing of Di
    Delores and I send out heartfelt condolences to you Chris and Theo. If there is anything we can do please let us know
    Rich and Delores Insalaco

  • So sorry for your loss Chris and Theo. Di was truly one of a kind. She put up a brave fight . May she Rest In Peace.

  • Diane was one of a kind. She was there for me during a very dark time in my life. I will miss hanging out with her and dancing until the wee hours. I was thinking about our last adventure, when we went to Bisbee and we laughed all night on the porch. She had an infectious laugh. I’m always here for you and Theo. I’m soooo very sorry!
    Love Erin

  • Probably as close as one could come to describing someone that lived so big words are just not capable of capturing what it was to know her and a reminder of some of the reasons I count myself so lucky to have done just that.

  • She is truly missed & this is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. We are blessed to have been able to spend time with Di & have her a part of our home. I loved how she said things like they were & we could talk about anything. She took everything in stride & taught me to do the same.
    We will always be here for you & Theo.

  • I knew Diane online from a Facebook group for moms. She was a wonderful person, and I am deeply saddened by her death. Condolences to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

  • Diane was an amazing person! I enjoyed my daily interactions with her as she would drop off Theo. She was always a bright spot in my day. The world lost a wonderful soul. She will be missed more than words can express. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris, Theo and the rest of the family.

  • Ed and Christine Brooks

    When Di came into our lives, we were over-joyed. When she became part of our family, the sun seemed to shine a little brighter, she became our second daughter. Di was a most remarkable woman, so very talented, kind and thoughtful of others. She fought her battle with strength and dignity, always looking to the future. She gave us our precious grandson, Theo, and brought so much joy to our son, Chris. Di has left us with many happy memories; although our hearts are broken, we will always hold her close to our hearts.. We are better people to have known her, she will be sorely missed.

  • Doug & Linda Stewart

    As Chris’s uncle & aunt from Nova Scotia we didn’t meet Di but twice. However her wedding to Chris was an amazing event which demonstrated her fun loving and talented personality. What a wonderful gift she was for Chris and family. We will always remember her sparkle and her laugh.

  • Diane was a singular soul and a brilliant spark in the small community of mothers I met her in. We were a group of older mothers all due at the same time, and this too was my first and only child. I cannot do her life or spunk justice here, but Diane loved Theo beyond time. There is and forever will be a part of Diane in Theo, and a part of Theo in Diane. May Theo grow to know the comfort of his mother’s spirit when he needs her. May her light lift all her loved ones on and be a guide in their darkness.

  • Taylor Folks Payne

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I love you both very much.

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