Meadville Tribune

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July 2, 2014

Diane (Yoder) Aitken

PITTSBURGH — Diane (Yoder) Aitken, 57, of Pittsburgh, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, at UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital in Pittsburgh after a lengthy and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.

She was born Sept. 3, 1956, in Geneva, a daughter of Ken and Lois Yoder. She attended Meadville public schools and was a 1974 graduate of Central Christian High School in Kidron, Ohio. While growing up on the family farm, she developed a love of animals and worked for a time at a local veterinary clinic. Diane was also a talented artist and created many beautiful landscape paintings. When MS took away her ability to use her hands, she continued her work using a paintbrush held in her mouth. Many of her works grace the halls of her residence at Silverlake Commons in Pittsburgh.

Diane was loved by all who met her and her positive, uncomplaining attitude and uplifting spirit was an inspiration to many.

Diane is survived by her longtime dedicated companion and caregiver, Herman Ward; as well as her parents, Ken and Lois Yoder of Meadville; a brother, David and his wife, Lori, of Saegertown; a sister, Debbie Knapp, of Durango, Colo.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation was performed at her request.

A memorial gathering will be held at a future date (as yet undetermined) to honor her memory.

The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or other charity of the donor’s choice.

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