July 29, 1943 — May 19, 2022
Ogden – Our wickedly funny, fierce and feisty Estella Diane, 78, died peacefully on May 19, 2022. A lady always knows when to leave. Diane was the heroine of her own story, bravely battling the ravages of vascular dementia, especially during this past year. Pernicious disease could never diminish her beauty and bright light, but she certainly tried. Diane was born on July 29, 1943 in Ogden, Utah, to Arnold and Phyllis Bitton Taylor. She nurtured a special bond with her older brother and two sisters, and they loved the fun times spent with cousins at their grandparents’ farm in Plain City. A graduate of Ben Lomond High School, Diane excelled academically, socially and as a cheerleader. She received her associate degree from Weber State College. There she was a cheerleader and a member of the Colleens and Otyokwa.
Diane married the love of her life, Kim David Butters, on September 3, 1965, in the Salt Lake Temple. During their 56 years together, they particularly enjoyed living in New York and Brazil, eventually settling and raising their family in the South Ogden area. During the last week of her life, Diane said her most important contribution to the world was her three beautiful children.
Diane was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her compassionate and kind nature led her to volunteer at McKay Dee Hospital for several years. She worked for 13 years as a real estate agent and was a sales representative and consultant for Finelle Cosmetics. A classic beauty with a style all her own, Diane made an impact wherever she went. She was the “life of the party” with her blinking green eyes, wit and infectious laugh. Guests at Diane’s house have always enjoyed a variety of treats and engaging conversation. Her grandchildren loved Christmas Eve spent at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, dressing up in her eclectic outfits for the annual fashion show. She loved music, knitting, dancing, playing cards and cooking her famous Swedish pancakes and orange rolls. A lover of the performing arts, Diane has participated in various Weber State productions including Little Women, Fiddler on the Roof and My Fair Lady.
Diane’s generosity, sensitivity, grace, courage, caring spirit, tenacity and love will be missed. We are delighted that she is now relieved and at peace.
Diane is survived by her devoted husband, Kim; eternally grateful children, Gina, Danton (Wendee) and Justin (Amy); five cherished grandchildren, Lyndsea, Alysia, Colter, Celine and Jett; beloved sister, Janice Fisher (Wayne); sweet sisters-in-law, Karen Belnap (Dutch) and Kenny Taylor; many dear nieces and nephews and friends. We believe she is now in the arms of her recently deceased and beloved grandson, Bridger KC Butters. We also envision a sweet reunion with his parents; sister, Beverly Sherman; and his brother, Richard Taylor.
The family expresses their deepest gratitude to Inspiration Home Health and Hospice, with a very heartfelt thank you to Alisha Richins and Debbie Johnson, Diane’s dedicated medical providers, and the caring staff at Avamere in Mountain Ridge. Diane’s children would like to thank our father, Kim Butters, who embodied a “valiant heart” while serving as her primary caregiver during her senior year. Mom has always been in good hands.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., Ogden, UT 84403. Services will be recorded and available Thursday evening by scrolling to the bottom of Diane’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences can also be shared.
We love you, Estelle Diane. You will always be our sun, our only sun!