In Memoriam

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Diana Carol (Howe) Etheridge, Satellite Beach Florida Branch


Diana Howe EtheridgeDiana Carol (Howe) Etheridge, 78, was born in Alliance, Nebraska, and died September 4, 2018 at her home in Merritt Island, Florida. She was a letters member of the Cape Canaveral Branch.

She is survived by her loving family: husband Brian Newman Etheridge, sister Christina Lynn (Howe) Avignon, both of Merritt Island, daughters Juliana Lynn Etheridge and Melissa Ann Etheridge, and granddaughters Mara Bell Nichols and Ella Jane Nichols, all of the Denver, CO area. 

Etheridge wrote “Cook-n-Rhyme with Kids: Healthy Recipes That Tell a Story,” an interactive cookbook for children illustrated by her daughter Juliana, which encouraged children and parents to learn together through kitchen recipes, stories, and activities.
Diverse interests motivated Etheridge all her life. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and her master’s of art from Simmons College, Boston, and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She studied widely abroad and visited all continents except Antarctica. She enjoyed careers as a teacher in public and private schools, editor of “My Hawaii” by Jane Thomas; published poet and real estate agent in a variety of locations. She was a lifetime member of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Association of Realtors Million Dollar Club.

She held the patent for a construction process; was president and founder of EDEA; and created CYBERNASTICS Inc., a web-based exercise site. Etheridge loved dance and one of her fondest memories was dancing at the Orange Bowl with the Modern Dance Club. Even as her health declined, she still relished dancing with her fellow Golden Steppers.

Her enthusiasm was contagious. She was a past president of the Capitol City Optimist International Service Club and an active member of the Cocoa Beach Optimist Club. She was also socially and politically active and served on congressional campaigns.

Memorial celebrations of life were held at her Merritt Island home and in Denver, Colorado.


Archives (by NLAPW date published):

Winter 2019

  • Yvonne Kirkpatrick Willie, Birmingham Branch (Alabama)
  • Dorothy Timmons, 101, Art Member, Des Moines Branch
  • Barbara Pierce Bush, Honorary Member

Fall 2018

  • Grace Lieberman, Modesto Branch
  • Mary Elizabeth Perry Hildebrand, member-at-large

Winter 2018

  • Muriel C. Freeman, former national president, Alexandria Branch
  • Janet Schulz, Stockton-Lodi Branch
  • Diane Louise Wold, Modesto Branch
  • Virginia Dall, Modesto Branch

Fall 2017

  • Cheri M. Bentley-Beckman, Palm Springs Branch
  • Idell Weiss, art member, Golden Gate Marin Branch
  • Kay O. Cornelius, Huntsville Branch
  • Stella “Maurine” Vance Geldmacher, Southeast Louisiana Branch
  • Arlene Montgomery Spencer, Indianapolis Branch

Summer 2017

  • Gloria Huttner Ross, Southeast Louisiana Branch
  • Katie Wainwright, Southeast Louisiana Branch

Spring 2017

  • Liana M. Moonie, Greenwich, CT Branch

Winter 2017

  • Lois A. Charles, Diamond State, DE Branch
  • Carolyn Burton Landers, Atlanta Branch
  • Anne Lorraine Macdonald, Greenwich, CT Branch

Fall 2016

    • Pam Babcock, La Jolla, CA Branch
    • Lois Duncan, Sarasota, FL Branch
    • Harriet Foster-Parrish, Nashville Branch
    • Donna Freckmann, Pensacola FL Branch
    • Gayle Norton Hornsby, Nashville Branch
    • Dorothy Kishibay, Connecticut Pen Women
    • G. Arlene Silva Mattos, Modesto, CA Branch
    • Kathleen Alice Neal, Atlanta Branch
    • Margaret Lynch Siskow, Iowa City, IA Branch
    • Emily Virginia Blake Vail, Atlanta Branch