Diane Gilmore Ross, 84, of Falcon Heights, died on April 22. She had recently been diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer.

Born Oct. 20, 1931, and raised in Denver, Diane spent every summer as a child and young adult at Geneva Glen, the camp her parents directed in the foothills outside of Denver. She met her husband, Braxton, at East High School, and they married in 1954. As a graduate of Smith College in 1953, she learned that women are as important, as capable and as valuable as men. She returned to Denver to teach high school English. After her marriage, she and Braxton moved to Japan, where he served in Army counter intelligence and she taught ESL and worked as librarian on the base. They lived with a Japanese family with whom she maintained a lifelong friendship.

Diane’s love of teaching continued her entire life in Chicago; Madison, Wis.; and most recently through ESL creative writing classes at Fairview Community Center in Roseville for 12 years. She also served on the Falcon Heights Human Rights Committee and Environment Commission. Diane reached out to people wherever she lived through her love of other cultures, singing, gardening, writing and a genuine interest in others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Iris and Harold Gilmore, and husband W. Braxton Ross. She is survived by her son, John Ross; daughter, Annie Yetter (Steve); two grandchildren, Kathryn and George Yetter; and her kitty, Misty.

Her family expresses heartfelt gratitude to HealthPartners Hospice and particularly to friends Hal, Mary, Russ, Sherrie, Jessica and Paul for their compassionate care.

A memorial service will be held Sun., June 12, at 2 p.m., at Unity Unitarian Church, St. Paul.

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