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Diann Louise Haws

01/19/1943 - 01/20/2022
Service Date: 02/05/2022
Service Time: 12:30 PM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 2228 E. Brown Road, Mesa, Az 85213
Visitation Date: 02/05/2022
Visitation Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -2228 E. Brown Road, Mesa, Az 85213
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Diann Louise Haws, 79, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2022. She was born to Samuel and Lillian Bender on January 19, 1943, in Mesa, Arizona and she was the oldest of their two children. She grew up in the Lutheran faith and later joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Diann graduated from Mesa High School in 1961 and later attended Arizona State University. She had an assortment of jobs including working at Valley National Bank, court reporting, a newspaper route with the Arizona Republic, and most recently was retired from Mesa Public Schools transportation, but her favorite calling in life was that of a mother and grandmother. She loved doing crafts and was a skilled painter, she did a lot of sewing for her children when they were younger, she enjoyed church activities, and always looked forward to family get-togethers. She was also very supportive of her children’s sports activities and attended every game, recital, performance, and competition that she could. 

On August 30, 1963, she married Gordon Haws. They spent their lives in Mesa, Arizona working hard to raise their four children until Gordon passed in 1997. Diann remained in Mesa, and because she spent most of her 79 years living in the same place, she developed many wonderful relationships within the community. 

Diann was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; and her parents, Samuel and Lillian. She is survived by her brother, Larry Bender of Knoxville, Tennessee; her children Kurt (Shari) of Ogden, Utah; Karl (Mitzi) of Howell, Michigan; Kristen Barringer of Mesa; and Kasey of Mesa; and her grandchildren Caden (Anna), Luke, Kira, Bailey, Madilyn, Zander, Cooper, and Tayler.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm on Saturday February 5th at the LDS chapel located at 2228 E. Brown Rd. Mesa, AZ 85213, with a visitation beginning one hour prior at 11:30. Burial will take place at the City of Mesa Cemetery.

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


  • May our Lord give you and your family peace in your heart and may your beautiful mother Rest In Peace ??❤️

  • What a wonderful person she was … been a long time since I lived in Mesa and in her ward but I will always remember her and her sweet smile 🙂

  • My heart aches for your loss, but I am grateful that you had her for as long as you did.

  • Alene Dee Nelson

    I am so sorry for your loss. Those never seem like enough words. I both regret and am humbled by moving next door and becoming your neighbor and having her in my life for only five years. But, that was when the opportunity was opened for Stephen, Ariana and Myself to become your neighbors and part of the community, and Diann made us feel welcome right away. Diann was a wonderful, kind person and beautiful inside and out. Which, of course for the “out” part, she would say “Oh, that’s the Revlon.” Every time we would speak, she had me doubled over laughing. I would say “you look fabulous today!” And she always did, but she said if she didn’t have her “face” on, her doctors wouldn’t recognize her. We talked quite a bit of painting, as i have a studio in my house and frequently about our children. She was very proud of hers. I will miss her, but know now she is without pain and so happy and surrounded by warm, white light. She will always be with us, and amazing. ♡ On January 20th, another bright star was added to the heavens and the best VIP Seat was filled.
    Love to all her family, friends and Ward Members.
    (Mr. Stephen and) Mrs. Alene Dee Nelson; children:
    Marissa, Brandon, Cierra, Ariana, Morgan, Stephen Jr., and Grandson CJ.
    Mesa, Arizona

  • Jennifer and Kayla allen

    Heaven gained a truly bright star! Such an amazing lady. We were all very blessed to have known her.,, she was a tremendous influence for good. We love you guys.

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