DIANE MARIE SCHROEDER June 27, 1934 ~ September 16, 2016 Diane Marie Schroeder, 82, passed away in her home in Vancouver, WA from age related causes with her husband close by, early Sept. 16, 2016. She was born in Milwaukie, OR on June 27, 1934 and graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1952, where she was the very first female drum majorette the school ever had. Diane was a courageous, strong woman with an intrepid spirit, who was taking piano lessons up until the beginning of 2016. Before that, she was taking violin lessons. When Diane was 48, she earned her license to fly small aircraft and flew her own Cessna 150. She also enjoyed her motorcycle and 1952 MB TD roadster. Diane was a volunteer for the Laubach Literacy Program knowing that reading comprehension is part of being successful in life. Diane and the rest of the family moved to Kalama, WA in 1964, where she was a 4-H leader and choir director for United Methodist Church. Diane and Deon moved to Vancouver, WA in 1978. She retired from SEH America in 1994 where she was working in the Human Resource Department. Diane was also a member of the Glenwood Community Church and the Gideon's. She loved music, playing pinochle with her friends, traveling, quilting, and cookbooks. Diane was devoted to her husband and children, gracious to all she met, loving and kind to friends and family. She was slow to anger, and very quick to laugh. She had a quick wit and was still making all those around her laugh until her last few days. Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Diane is survived by her husband of 57 years, Deon Schroeder; four children, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and her sister, Sandy Hernandez from Colorado. Diane's Celebration of Life will be held on Sat., Oct. 22nd, 2016, 11a.m., at the Glenwood Community Church, 12201 NE 72nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686. In lieu of floral gifts, please feel free to donate to the Gideon's or Glenwood Community Church short term missions. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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