Diana Mae Williams passed away peacefully at her home on Canyon Ferry Lake on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, after a three-year battle with cancer. Diana was an inspiration to all who knew her and lived her life with grace and dignity.
Diana was born in Lewistown on April 14, 1957, to James D. and Edna Mae Williams. The family moved to Helena in 1963. Diana attended local schools and graduated from Helena High School in 1975. She attended Montana State University, University of Montana and Carroll College. She taught school for a time in Gardiner, and also worked as an aide at Montana City Schools with special needs children. Diana worked with her family at Williams Construction Company. Diana was very active at Canyon Ferry Lake. She served on the Board of the Canyon Ferry Rec Association for many years. She loved Canyon Ferry Lake and its people and worked to give back to her community with her time and energy.
Diana was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Shaila Williams. She is survived by her husband, Dan Flynn; brother, Randy Williams (Deb), and their daughter, Lacy Burpee (Chris); sister, Lynette Pendergast (Scott), and their sons, Marc Pendergast (Jennifer Johnson), Brian Pendergast (Sarah) and Rory Pendergast (Kerrie Resendes).
Family has always been very important to Diana. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings at Canyon Ferry Lake as well as visiting family members throughout Montana. Diana traveled from Washington state to Washington, D.C.; from California to Arizona to Chicago, even to Antigua, Guatemala, to attend special events in the lives of her many aunts, uncles and cousins or to just stop by to say hello.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with a burial service to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Please join the family and friends for a reception at Jorgenson’s Restaurant immediately following the graveside service. Memorials are suggested to St. Peter’s Cancer Treatment Center, 2475 E. Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.aswfuneralhome.com