T. Diann Fowler

1930 - 2013


T. Diann Fowler

Aug. 1, 1930 — July 30, 2013

T. Diann Fowler, 82, passed away on July 30, 2013, at Walla Walla General Hospital.

Diann was born on Aug. 1, 1930, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Cloyd and Thelna Holmes Cemer. She attended Michigan area schools and graduated from Central High School in Battle Creek. On July 7, 1949, she married Herbert Fowler in Battle Creek, Mich. They both went to work right away.

Diann got a job working for the Review and Herald. It was during the first two years of their marriage when Herbert came down with polio. Diann was the sole bread-winner for a few years. Herbert, of course, was a taxi driver when he got over the polio and could walk again. Then, she got pregnant with Kathy and kept working until her daughter was born in 1952. She went back to work six weeks later and worked there until Yvonne was born 13 months later. She took six weeks off and then went back to work again.

Then, Herbert got the wanderlust and headed for California. When he got a job at Lockheed Airport, he moved Diann and the girls out to be with him. They traveled by train to get there. Diann got a job right away as a bank teller. She was also pregnant with Herbie. She worked until she had Herbie and then after six weeks, went back to work. The children had a babysitter that they all called Granny. She was an old woman who lived next door to them. Then, Herbert got a job as a bus driver for a while until he left for Seattle. After a while he sent for his family to join him to Seattle. Diann and the children loaded up the old Plymouth and rented a U-Haul trailer. She loaded everything up by herself and took off for Seattle. She would drive until night and then they would get a hotel room.

When they arrived in Seattle, they stayed at Herbert’s friend’s house until they got a house on 165th. Once again, Diann got a job right away. She went to work for a place called Helwig and Butler. They were a huge medical billing facility. She worked nights so that she could be home during the day with the children. Herbert took care of them at night so that they could save money on daycare. She also took a job as a certified nursing assistant and worked in a convalescent home in North City just to make ends meet. During this time, she got pregnant with Robert. James came along 18 months later. They had that arrangement until they moved to College Place.

Then Diann got a job at the Color Press and Herbert worked at the city of College Place. And again, she also worked as a CNA in a convalescent home to make ends meet. She worked days at the press and went to classes at night at the community college so she could get her nursing degree. When classes demanded her full time, she quit Color Press and went to school full time. After she graduated, she worked at St. Mary Medical Center and then they moved to Oregon,where she worked at the Salem Hospital until she retired.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Hull of Meadow Vista, Calif., and Yvonne Bishop of Seattle; three sons, James Fowler of Walla Walla, Robert Fowler of College Place, and Herbert Fowler, Jr. of Salem; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one brother.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery, College Place, WA. Memorial contributions may be made to 3 ABN through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Family & friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.


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