Diann Fern (Wiens) Cline, age 70, of rural Lindsborg passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at her home.
She was the eldest child of Harold and Mary Ann Fern (Bartel) Wiens, born Feb. 11, 1950.
Her early childhood was spent in a small home near the county equipment barns in Marion. During the Marion Reservoir project a home built by Diann’s great-great-grandfather Funk was scheduled to be razed but instead was moved to Marion and remodeled. It became the home of Diann her five sisters, one brother, and parents.
She attended Marion Elementary School then moved on to Marion High School, where she graduated in 1968.
She continued her education by enrolling in Butler County Community College. After completing a two-year course of study, she transferred to Emporia State University.
During her education she spent time in Japan with the IFYE exchange program.
Diann graduated in 1973 with a BS in home economics and a minor in secondary education.
She accepted a position as an extension agent in Medicine Lodge, Barber County, and within a year relocated to the Saline County extension department, working with foods and nutrition.
On Aug. 10, 1974, she married Marvin C Cline. The ceremony took place at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. Her uncle, Lawrence Heart, officiated.
Her only child, Mathew Allen Cline, was born Feb. 16, 1980, while she was an employee of the Saline County extension department.
Over the years Diann worked in day cares, food and nutrition programs, Lindsborg Community Hospital, and Saline County Health Department.
Twenty years ago, Diann came home to the family business. She helped managed existing rental properties and helped in construction of new houses.
Diann enjoyed helping on the farm doing various tasks. A favorite job was tilling the ground with a four-wheel-drive tractor.
She worked tirelessly in her flower and vegetable garden. Mowing the yard and the farmstead was her mission.
Whether it was maintenance on rentals, painting, tractor driving or bringing lunch at harvest, Diann was there to help.
She loved to have lunch with the crew at a local restaurant, where it was certain there would be good conversation and laughter.
Diann was part of the crew and will be missed by all who worked with her over the past 20 years.
Her greatest treasure was her family. She helped to plan family gatherings and holiday events.
She never forgot an anniversary or birthday card. She loved to give gifts. She made many memories, and those memories are now treasured in the hearts of those of us who knew her.
Diann was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mary Ann Wiens, and her grandparents, Ben and Elma Bartel and Jacob and Elizabeth Wiens.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin of the home, and son Matthew, daughter-in-law Erin, and grandson Hayden of rural Lindsborg.
Diann also survived by brother Gerald Wiens and his wife, Jan, of Marion and by five sisters, Denise and husband Stan Hett of Wichita, Joni and husband Jim Crofoot of Marion, Loreen and husband Jerry Hett of Marion, Janice and husband Don Hodson of Marion, and Loraine and husband Kevin McGahee of Shawnee.
A celebration of life is scheduled for a later date at Crick-Christians Funeral Home, Lindsborg.