Diana G. Garrison, 72, of Lima and formerly of Bellefontaine, was welcomed into her Heavenly father’s arms at 6:20 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, after battling like a warrior against ovarian cancer for four years.
She was born in Bellefontaine on Jan. 23, 1947, to the late James McBrien and Mary Geraldine “Gerry” (Newland) McBrien, who lives in Bellefontaine.
On Jan. 29, 1977, during a blizzard, she married Richard Garrison and he lives in Lima. Richard adored her and took wonderful care of her through it all.
She is also survived by two daughters, Melissa (Scott) Flager of Goshen, Ind., and Teresa (Lance) Alexander of Bellefontaine; four grandchildren, Krista (Bob) Vahala, Jeffrey Rutledge, Derek Alexander, Brooke (Bryan) Armour, great-granddaughter, Bristol Armour, two brothers, Dennis (Jen) McBrien of Indian Lake, and Dana (Lora) McBrien of Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Diana loved being a witness to her Lord and enjoyed telling everyone she could about Jesus. She was a prayer warrior who loved her family, and especially enjoyed her family time during Christmas. She enjoyed traveling including visiting Savannah, Ga., fishing, doing crafts, and both having and going to garage sales. She loved all birds and watching them out her windows, but had an affinity for hummingbirds. She also enjoyed music and dancing, playing the piano, and in her younger days, she was involved with music programs and musicals.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Todd Hixenbaugh and nursing staff; Dr. Powell and nursing staff; St. Rita’s nursing staff; and Kim from Hospice. She adored all of her caregivers and they adored her.
Rev. Kenneth Castor officiates a funeral service at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main Street, Bellefontaine.Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio, 4900 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43220 (www.ocao.org ); or to the Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island, New York, 10306 (www.tunnel2towers.org ).