Diane K. (Goss) DeArment, 64, of Mount Joy, formerly of Elizabethtown, took her last breath at Hospice & Community Care surrounded by family the late evening of Monday, June 7th, 2021. Her battle with a rare small intestine cancer came to an end after a brave and tireless 21 month fight. She defied the odds and never followed the “rule book” which even fascinated her medical care team. Her strength was admirable and inspiring to many.
Diane was born Monday, May 13th, 1957 in Lewistown. She was the daughter of the late Clarence R. & Ethel M. (Donahey) Goss. She was a loving wife to Dale H. DeArment and married 43 years, soon to be 44 years on August 6th.
Diane graduated from Lewistown High School in 1975. She earned her BS in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College in 2006. She worked 11 years for GPU Nuclear during the accident at Three Mile Island. Diane spent the last 29 years at Elizabethtown College as a dedicated employee. She initially worked in Learning Services and later transitioned to the Education Department where she retired as Director of Clinical Experience in January 2021. She was very active in multiple committees there, especially with the Wellness Committee. She was a member of Christ Church UCC in Elizabethtown, where she was a Sunday school teacher in the 4 & 5 year old classroom for several years. She was also a member of the Women’s LIFT group. She was previously writer and editor of the church newsletter “The NET”. She went on numerous mission trips as well. She volunteered a hand with many additional church functions. She served as a board member of the Elizabethtown Child Care Center and also was a member of Elizabethtown Communities That Care. Where there was a need, she was quick to help. She selflessly and generously gave of her time even when she had little to give.
She cherished time spent at the beach with family and friends. She spent years searching for the perfect beach house where memories could be made with the entire family. They found that at Millville by the Sea in Delaware. The beach house will forever be a place of remembrance of her. One of her last wishes was to get back to the beach house with her entire family which became a priority to all to make that possible. The house was filled with family and so much love that last week. She spent days in the sunshine of the screened in porch and got to see the ocean one last time.
She loved reading and was a part of the Lit-Wits Book Club in Elizabethtown. She was an avid late night walker with her dear friend and neighbor. She enjoyed bike rides with family, friends, and the Elizabethtown College Wellness Committee. She cherished each and every one of her friendships from various times throughout her life. She was a compassionate listener and truly shared in others joys and sorrows. She loved music from singing in the car on road trips to playing Christmas carols on the piano to going to concerts and musicals. While she was not fond of cooking, she was always making food for her family from special birthday dinners to holiday meal traditions, including her savored ham gravy.
Of all of her accomplishments, her greatest was being a loving devoted mother & nana. In addition to her husband, Diane is survived by three children- Heather McKnight and husband Joshua of Marietta; Lindsi DeArment and husband Andrew Fausnacht of Lancaster, and Trent DeArment and wife Allison of Elizabethtown; grandchildren: Ty Henry and wife Ashtyn, Alexia Henry, Nate McKnight, Alexa McKnight, Beckett Fausnacht, Finn DeArment, Jovie DeArment, Dax Fausnacht & Remy Fausnacht; great grandson: Kace Henry.
Her beautiful legacy will be left with us- in how she cared for others and the wonderful family she nurtured, her smile, infectious laughter, joy for life, generous spirit, and her ability to always look on the bright side. As a family, we are humbled and in awe of the number of lives she touched throughout her years on this earth. Thank you to all who have reached out during this difficult period. The volume of prayers helped lift us all & provided strength throughout the toughest of time. Her spirit surely lives on in each of us. A celebration of Diane’s life will be held Saturday, September 11th, 2021 at River Exchange, 150 Calvary Church Rd, Wrightsville, PA 17368. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Diane’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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