Diana Lynne Findley, 73, of Waverly, and formerly from Peosta and Newton, passed away Thursday night, Nov. 26, at the Waverly Health Center in Waverly.

Diana was born Feb. 20, 1947, in Newton, the daughter of Berdene June (Wilcox) and Paul Frederick Spencer. She was raised in Newton and graduated from Newton High School in 1965. Nov. 6, 1964, Diana was united in marriage to Steven Keith Findley at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton. Following graduation from NICC Nursing School in 1976, Diana worked at Medical Associates in Dubuque as a pediatric nurse. In 1990, Diana graduated from the University of Dubuque with a double major in Health and English and her teaching license. She then taught English at Western Dubuque High School; American literature was her favorite subject. After retiring in 2011, she and Steve moved to Waverly.

Diana was a member of the Western Dubuque Education Association, as well as the State and National Education Associations. She enjoyed researching her family ancestry, shopping for antiques (any shopping actually) and tending to her flower gardens. She was an avid sports fan, supporting the Western Dubuque Bobcats and W-SR GoHawks. Her favorite sport was football. Diana was a life-long learner who spent time reading about almost any subject and traveled the US, Canada and England. She loved experiencing nature, especially the mountains and collecting rocks. Diana’s love of animals was evident in the care she gave to her beloved cats.

Diana is survived by her husband of 56 years, Steven; daughter, Wende (Clarence) Dawson of Janesville; son, Anthony “Tony” of Waverly; and several “fur kids.” She was preceded in death by her parents and several beloved “fur kids.”

Visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. A private burial was held Dec. 2, at Palo Alto Cemetery, Newton. There will be a public graveside gathering at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to C & W Rustic Hallow, P.O. Box 67, Nashua, IA 50658-0067. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187.