Diane Smith Drost, loving mother and grandmother, devoted sister and loyal friend, died Sept. 18, 2008, following a brief, but difficult, battle with cancer.
Diane was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Hayden, the second of six children born to ranchers Leland and Mary J. Smith. Diane graduated from Moffat County High School in 1952 and from the University of Wyoming in 1956.
After graduating, she got married and taught school in Worland, Wyo., for two years. She raised two sons while living in many different parts of the country including Hawaii, Denver and New Orleans, settling in Carlsbad, Calif., in 1973.
After her sons graduated from high school, she returned to work teaching kindergarten in Carlsbad from 1985 to 1995 and was Teacher of the Year in 1989. She earned her master's degree in education in 1986.
Carlsbad quickly became her adopted home. She had a circle of friends who stayed close and supported each other through the years. During the time she taught school, most of that group would find its way to Diane's home after work for a glass of wine around her kitchen table. Those days gave way to regular Friday night dinners out, a tradition that continued even through her illness this summer.
Diane loved the vacations she spent with her sons and their families. There were many wonderful memories in recent years from the Hotel Del, Hawaii, Catalina, Seattle, Park City and Colorado.
Diane made a ritual of returning to Craig every summer to visit family and spend time at the family ranch with her children and later with her grandchildren. Her favorite times were watching sunsets on the porch at the Morgan Creek while her grandchildren played in the yard or rode horses in the adjoining meadow.
She cherished the times of shared laughter spent with her granddaughters, Allison, Alexa and Delaney, and her grandson, Slater, but also the quiet and reflective times shared with each of them. She was a fixture at all their school and sports activities, supporting them and encouraging them and their friends in every endeavor. She loved her home and always kept it welcoming and inviting for family that regularly came to spend time with her in Carlsbad. Family ultimately is what mattered most to Diane. Her selfless commitment to her children and grandchildren defined her.
Diane is survived by her sons, Stephen and wife Cory Drost of Katy, Texas, and Kirk and wife Jane Drost of Carlsbad; sisters, Lu Garrett of Craig and Lynn Bolleter of Port Lavaca, Texas; brothers, Bradford Smith and Leland Ray Smith II, both of Craig; her four grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Jayne Tuttle
A memorial service/celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, 7100 Four Seasons Point, in Carlsbad. Friends may sign the guest book at www.obits.nctimes.com.