Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In Memory of Diane Louise Sewell

My wonderful, sweet, wife of 30 years, 
mother, companion, friend
and the first love of my life, 
Diane Louise Sewell
passed away last Saturday July 14, 2018 
She was a young 63.
She will be missed by many!
We love you Diane and always will.


On Saturday, July 14, after a short battle with stomach cancer diagnosed in early June, Diane Sewell went to be with her Lord, Savior, and friend Jesus. She leaves her loving husband, Andy, their two sons, William and Josh, and joins their premature born twin daughters Andrea (lived 54 days) and Christine (lived 20 min.), already in Heaven. She leaves her brother, David E. Kallstrom of Vancouver, WA and his daughter Jenny Rizzo, and her sister-in-law, Lani Kallstrom, with her sons, Michael and Jesse, in Snohomish, WA. She also leaves her brother- and sister-in-law, Nick and Tammy Sewell, their daughters, Danielle and Jacqueline, of Pullman, WA, and a host of loving friends. 

Diane was a loving wife, mother, friend, and teacher. She was a kid at heart and especially loved children! One of her great joys was teaching children of all ages. Diane was a Proverbs 31 woman, a hard worker, tenacious, and determined, who always had a kind word for those she met and a great desire to see all come to know the healing and love of Jesus. She loved her church family at Living Faith Fellowship (LFF) of Pullman, where she met Andy.  

The Joy of the Lord was her strength. She was such a loving, accepting, joyful, and positive person, always seeing the cup half full. She had a way of complimenting and encouraging everyone she knew and met, always seeing the good in people. She made others feel loved and accepted with her sweet and unthreateningly kind ways. 

Diane was a very supportive wife to her husband and mother to her boys, always believing in them. Diane was unfailingly encouraging to her husband Andy in his artistic business endeavors and dreams. She traveled with Andy and the family all over the west and northwest to Andy's art shows. She loved meeting all the people that came across their paths at the different venues. Andy shares that he was so blessed at how many people he would meet and become friends with because of Diane's very friendly and extroverted personality. She was never afraid to meet and compliment a stranger and make a new friend. 

Diane was currently enrolled in Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM)  in Redding, California. She was looking forward to attending BSSM this fall, and planned to take ministry training classes to grow more in her relationship with Jesus. She was excited to meet many more people who love and are passionate for God and getting out the truth of how good He is. She was an evangelist at heart.  

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1978 at Washington State University, and Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree from the LFF Ministry Training Center in 1992. 

Diane was born on December 17, 1954, in Seattle, WA, to Don and Dorothy Kallstrom, where she grew up with two older bothers, David and Dean. After finishing high school, she attended the University of Southern California as a drama student in 1973 and remained a proud fan throughout her life. She always had a dream in her heart to be an actress and loved to watch movies clear through the credits to see if she knew anyone. In the Fall of 1974, she moved to Pullman where she attended and graduated with her teaching degree from WSU. Diane met Andy at Living Faith Fellowship in 1985 and they married on May 8, 1988. Diane and Andy lived in Pullman and raised their two boys to love God. In 2008, they all moved to their small six-acre ranch in Viola, Idaho, opened their Art Studio/Gallery, and began their dream of country living. In addition to helping Andy with his art business, Diane served as a teacher, nanny, and substitute teacher for many years at local school districts, including Moscow, Pullman, Palouse, and Potlatch. She worked as a substitute teacher until June of this year (2018) when she had to withdraw for health reasons. Diane was not one to complain, remaining positive even when faced with aggressive, stage four cancer in late June. 

We will publicly celebrate Diane’s life with friends and family on Monday, July 23, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at Living Faith Fellowship in Pullman. 

Donations in her honor may be given online to the "Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM)"  in Redding, California to help support missions and student scholarships, or to the "Diane Sewell Memorial Fund" to help with her medical and funeral costs. See links below.

Donate to Diane Sewell Memorial Fund Here:


11 comments:

  1. I am sorry for the loss of Diane, for you and the boys. But am glad for her. Blessings upon your all during this time of transition. Wes

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  2. I am sorry for the loss of Diane, for you and the boys. But am glad for her. Blessings upon your all during this time of transition. Wes

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  3. Oh Andy, I'm in shock! I didn't realize Diane was sick, as there was never a peep on her Facebook or yours, so this hits like a ton of bricks. Diane and I were the same age, so it's especially hard to grasp that such a youngster (I had three months on her) could go so quickly. She truly was a beam of sunshine to all she met. Full of joy, curiosity and genuine concern for each and every child of God. I'll be praying for you and the boys in the coming days. Diane doesn't need my prayers, as she's in the best place imaginable, which is unimaginable! Much love to you all, and to her legion of friends who will miss the spark she added to our lives. XOX...

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  4. Andy and boys,
    May God surround you with great love and peace for the days to come. We will miss Diane and all the joy she brought to this world. I have visions of her and her Lord dancing and laughing! Much Love, Eric and Tami Nordquist

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  5. We ache with you in this sudden, horrible loss. But I see Diane looking down and saying, "Hey guys, it's great up here," with her lovely smile. She was instrumental in bringing me to LFF, for which I am grateful. Dave and I adored you as newlyweds in our first homegroup of young couples. All still married and Diane the fisrt to be promoted to heaven. Our hearts hold you and the boys in prayer, dearest Andy.

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  6. Andy, Will & Josh- it took my breath away when I read this I had no idea she was ill. It was so fast. She was such a delight in my life as in many others always asking questions because her heart really wanted to know & help. I see her in heaven worshipping Jesus with your daughters! What a joy! I pray the Holy Spirits comfort on you each moment you need it.

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  7. Lots and lots of love my friends. Diane made me feel like a part of the family when I first came to LFF, opening her home so I could make Home Group treats and letting me help in her garden when I was homesick for mine back in Cataldo. She was an unfailing encourager to me always in my writing, dancing, theatre and especially when work was rough. Will miss her but she has left a lot of sunshine in my heart and spirit. Big hugs!

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  8. Our heart aches as we read the story about Diane. As one of those friends that the Sewell family met at a craft fair on the west side, I felt like we knew Diane for longer than we did. She would go out of her way to help anyone, and she did for us when our daughter had to find student housing in Pullman but couldn't be there. I will always be grateful to Diane for her willingness to help people. I think she would do anything for anyone...We will miss her warm smile. She has left a lot of sunshine in our hearts as well. Hugs to you Andy and the boys, and may you find comfort in where she is now. Rest in peace my dear friend.

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  9. What I really treasured about her was the way she was “present” during our conversations. I always felt like she was involved and processing what we were talking about. She would ask questions and clarify things. She inspires me to do a better job. Your family is in my prayers. Cindy

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  10. I've crossed paths with Diane many times over the years while she worked for the Pullman Scool District. She was one of the kindest, sweetest people I have ever known. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  11. Our hearts are fully with you in this time, Andy and family. Diane was a bright light in this world with her precious faith and joyful personality. We are so sorry for your loss but know we will be able to see her again when we see Jesus together. I'm sure she and Galey have had fun getting caught up :) You have our love and prayers.

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