We enjoyed knowing Diane and her family from our time teaching in Shenandoah. Our sympathies for your loss.
Diane May Rankin Kidd was born in Omaha, Nebraska on January 15, 1946 to Jesse David "J.D." and Frances May Rankin. She passed away on July 10, 2018 at Sage Desert Care Center in Tucson, Arizona.
Diane grew up in Shenandoah, Iowa, attended school in Shenandoah, graduating with the Class of 1964. After high school she attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. She majored in Elementary education. While at SMU, Diane met the love of her life John Riley Kidd, they were married in Shenandoah on December 29, 1967.
Diane taught fifth grade in Shenandoah for two years, after which she spent several years as a substitute teacher. Following the births of Jordan (1972) and Jerod (1974), Diane became a stay at home Mom. After both boys started school Diane worked part-time at Mae Farmer's and also kept books for Kidd Enterprises.
She enjoyed playing golf with other ladies and playing couples golf in Shenandoah. She was active in the Congregational UCC Church serving on several committees as well as being active in Women's Fellowship. In the late 70's and early 80's Diane was active in The Southwest Iowa Theater. She was in the chorus in several musical productions and was most proud of playing Bloody Mary in "South Pacific." Diane served on the Shenandoah School Board from October 1990 until October 1994.
Beginning in the mid 90's she enjoyed spending the winters in Tucson, Arizona, playing golf and socializing with the many friends she made at the Omni Tucson National Resort.
Diane is survived by her husband of fifty years, John, sons Jordan and wife Tammy of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Jerod and wife Angelina of Redmond, Washington, sister Betty Jane Shaw and husband Bill of Shenandoah, sisters-in-law Kathleen Lackey and husband Steve of Bellville, Texas and Deborah Kinsey of Frisco, Texas and several nieces and nephews. Diane is also survived by her favorite cousin Karen May Sislo and husband Jim and aunt E.J. May as well as several other cousins. Also, Kidd's hosted two AFS exchange students, Patrick Veinne from France and Sven Labudda from Germany. She was preceded in death by her grandson Jeremy, parents J.D. and Frances Rankin, grandparents Earl and Gertrude May and Jesse and Nelle Rankin.
Celebration of Life memorial service will be held 10:00 am, July 23, 2018 at the Congregational Church in Shenandoah.
Memorial visitation with the family will be held from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, July 22, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.
Burial of cremains will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials may be directed to the Congregational Church of Shenandoah.
Tuck and I both send loving thoughts and prayers to you, Jordon and Jerod in this difficult time. Diane was a loving wife and mother and your family has much to be proud of. I regret that we did not have more 'cousins reunions' over the years, but have many great memories of getting together in Shen, Tucson - and especially as youngsters by the Christmas tree in Tarkio - so many years ago.
Wishing you Blessings, Peace & Love,
Barbara (Saddler) Georgi
Tuck (Owen) Saddler
John and family,
My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time, but I know that she is in a better place. I have many memories of growing up with Diane and the rest of the kids in Mayridge; birthday parties, sledding down the hill in Mayridge in the winter, etc. She was so lucky to have you as here caregiver during the past few years. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
John, Jordan and Jerod, my heart is with you all. Diane loved you so much. I am honored that through you, I had the precious opportunity to have known her. My prayers now are for comfort in your hearts. Please let me know if I can do anything. Bonnie
John and family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Diane was such a nice lady . You were such a good caregiver for her
Remembers the good memories.
John, my thoughts and prayers are sent to you and your family. Diane and I grew up together and I have many fond memories as I am sure you also have.Thank you for being such a great caregiver over the last few years. You were so kind and loving just exactly what Diane needed. Remember the good days. Prayers for you Barb Cox
From the Goodwill's (Niel , Janniene , Aaron, Zachary )
Diane was an amazing woman. Great friend. And always there to share a story. Our times talking about the Earl Mays Trial gardens was always my favorite. God bless the Goodwill's
John, Tom and I were so sorry to hear about Diane. Losing a spouse is so hard, especially one with her condition. But she is in a better place now. You have lots of good memories of her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Tom and Sue Spears
John. Our prayers go out to you and your family. We will miss our friend Diane but will always keep her in our hearts. Mike and Janet Allumbaugh.