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Mary Ellen (Diehl) Van Dyne

January 7, 1933 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Mary Van Dyne Obituary

Mary Ellen Diehl Van Dyne, 90, passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2023. She was born January 7, 1933, in Angola, Indiana. 

Mary was an only child, born to Raymond and Viola Diehl.

She most recently lived with her daughter and son in law, Holly and Terry Bender in York, South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 49 years, John Van Dyne; and her daughter Debra Van Dyne Eslinger.

Surviving are her children: Jonnie Crowe (Mike), Holly Bender (Terry), Robert Van Dyne (Michelle). Grandchildren: Cary Peterson, Lindsay Kastanis (John), Lauren Winters (Tim), BreAnna Crowe, Brittany Crowe, Dylan and Kelly Van Dyne. Great Grand Children: Greggory and Kristen Jaramillo, Jeffery Peterson, Rebecca McMillion, Cole and Carly Stratton, Bradley and Levi Winters, Hailey, Lincoln and Johnathan Kastanis. She also has several Great Great Grandchildren.

When Mary was 20 years old she met, fell in love and soon after married John Van Dyne in a beautiful chapel in Angola, Indiana where they resided until 1971 when they made a move to Phoenix, Arizona and made many more lifelong family friends.

She had many jobs in her life but only worked during school hours so that she could be home for her family.

Mary enjoyed life and was a loving wife and mother. She loved to learn new things and wasn’t afraid to try anything, except sky diving. She was an excellent seamstress, loved making crafts, gardening, raising livestock, camping, fishing, hunting (even rattlesnakes).  She was always by her husband’s side in their many adventures.  Mary was a very strong woman and had an amazing outlook on life, teaching and caring for others as if there was no tomorrow.  Those who knew her looked to her for strength and the wisdom she had to give.  She had such an ability to make one feel life was truly worth living and to learn all that life has to offer.

Mary will be missed and loved for the remainder of our lives, but we as a family are so very grateful that she will be with the Lord on high for eternity.

Memorial will be held in Indiana this summer where she will be laid to rest with her loving husband.

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