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Diane Kellar

January 27, 1941 September 28, 2017
Diane Kellar
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Diane Kellar, age 76, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 27, 1941 in Emmett, Idaho to Howard and Gwendolyn (Griffith) Andrews. Diane spent her early childhood in southern Idaho, later moving to Kellogg, Idaho, where her father became the Superintendent of the Kellogg School District. Diane and her two sisters grew up enjoying summers at their family's cabin on Coeur d'Alene Lake, where many fond memories were made with family and friends. Diane graduated from Kellogg High School in 1959 and from Oregon State University in 1963 with a degree in Elementary Education. She married Ted Teske, from Wallace, Idaho, after college and began teaching elementary school. Once Ted finished medical school, they spent the next 10 years in the military as Ted served as a radiologist for the Army. Diane loved those years in the military with Ted, and they welcomed their three children during this time. In 1976, Ted unexpectedly died, leaving Diane to raise her young children on her own. Several years later, she married Wayne Kellar, and their marriage lasted 22 years. They lived for a few years in Aurora, Colorado, then Federal Way, Washington, and finally settled in Rathdrum, Idaho at Twin Lakes Village. Diane began working for the Central Valley School District in Spokane, eventually becoming the head secretary of Greenacres Elementary. She thoroughly enjoyed the many years she spent there and the wonderful relationships and friendships she made with students, parents, and fellow staff members. After retiring in 2010, she kept busy enjoying time with her many close friends at Twin Lakes Village as well as with her children, their spouses, and her four grandsons. This past spring, Diane moved to the Spokane Valley and had been enjoying the care and comfort of living with her sister Lynn.
Diane had a loving, generous soul and always put others before herself, especially her children. She was strong and graceful as she forged ahead in life as a widowed mother, and throughout her life she modeled those values of courage, integrity, loyalty, and selflessness for her children. Diane was sharp and talented in many ways, including being a fabulous golfer and skier, a beautiful piano player, a talented artist, and a wonderful party host. She loved dancing, baking, listening to her favorite music, and enjoying social times with her friends and family. She dearly loved many special pets in her life, including her late dog Bridget and her cats Lizzie and Lucy. She adored her children and grandsons more than anything, and she especially cherished times when the entire family could be together at the cabin on Coeur d'Alene Lake, which was her happiest place on earth. She leaves behind an amazing legacy for her children and grandchildren, who will take with them her strength of character, her love of life, and her commitment to family.
Diane is survived by her children Chris (Caprice) Teske of Bellingham, WA; Heidi (Scott) Friedman of Nine Mile Falls, WA; Tony (Kristin) Teske of Seattle, WA; grandsons Jeff, Ty, Sam and Liam; sister Karen (Lynn) Farrens of Sunnyvale, CA; sister Lynn Andrews of Oakland, CA; many special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Howard and Gwendolyn Andrews, her in-laws Al and Jean Teske, and her husband Ted Teske.
A Celebration of Life for Diane will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21 in the Fireside Room at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to your local animal shelter or to one of her favorite animal shelters: Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Agency (SCRAPS), the Spokane Humane Society, or the Kootenai Humane Society.

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2:00 PM 10/21/2017 2:00:00 PM
CenterPlace Regional Event Center

2426 N. Discovery Place Spokane Valley, WA 99216

CenterPlace Regional Event Center
2426 N. Discovery Place Spokane Valley, WA 99216

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