On Tuesday December 22, 2020, Dianne Sue Wheat, loving Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin and Friend passed away peacefully at the age of 78.
Dianne was born on March 15, 1942 on Vashon Island, Washington to parents John and Mabel Calhoun. Dianne spent her early years on Vashon where she attended school and met the love of her life, soulmate Michael Wheat. Mike would go see her all the time as she worked a cotton candy stand. After a short engagement they married November 3, 1961 in a small ceremony on Vashon. She attended Seattle University where she graduated with full honors.
After college it was time to start a family. Dianne and Mike welcomed their first Daughter Tamera Joyce in 1963, although Tameras life on earth was short she was a truly great treasure. They had three amazing children, The Eldest Child Tammy Jo was born in 1964, Middle Child John Michael born 1967 and Youngest Child Stacy Anne in 1968. Her children meant everything to her, you could hear her brag to everyone she met how she has the best family and she would do anything to make them safe, happy and loved. It showed in every hug, smile and of course the words “I love you to the moon and back”.
Dianne worked at the McDonalds Corporation as an activities representative for 25 years. She held many responsibilities Community Liaison, Birthday Party Hostess (every child wanted her to do their party), Greeter to patrons who came in just to have coffee, to visit and see her. Everyone who worked with her loved her and she was compassionately known as Mom. There wasn’t a childhood friend of her 3 children who didn’t refer to her as Mom as well.
Dianne had many passions, she loved going to Ocean Shores camping with her family every summer or later in life with just her husband. She loved to garden she would spend hours in the yard taking care of her plants and her Angel Garden. She loved collecting Angels, she gifted many Guardian Angels to her family and made sure they had one with them at all times. Dianne was also a member of the Highline Steel Lake Grange, she held officer positions, volunteered for many causes, she made many dear friends, and she loved the Grange campouts which her family accompanied her on many occasions. Dianne was a member at Burien Elks #2143 and her love for Elkdom showed in her many volunteering endeavors.
Dianne was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile and her kind, compassionate spirit and her love for all. Her love for Angels should give you comfort as she is now watching over all us as “Our very own Guardian Angel”. We will miss her until we see her again.
Dianne was preceded in death by her Father John, Mother Mabel, Husband Mike, Daughter Tamera, Sister Darla and Brother in Law Art. She is survived by her Daughter Tammy, Son John and Daughter in law Missy, Daughter Stacy and Son in law Bryant, Grandchildren Joshua wife Jennee, Danielle husband Erik, Taylor wife Robyn, Jaimee and Great Grandchildren, Amelia, Scarlett and Michael, Nephew, Nieces, Cousins and dear friends.
Due to Covid…there is no date for her Celebration of Life. In lieu of Flowers and Cards, please feel free to donate in her name to Ronald McDonald House at rmhcseattle.org or Washington Elks Therapy Program at https://waelks.org/resources/.