Diane G. Arvey, 71, of Baker City, Oregon passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on the evening of Monday, October 18, 2021.
Diane was born in Centralia, Washington on April 30, 1950 to Gladys and Robert Edwards. She was raised on a farm in Toledo, Washington until her parents moved to Port Townsend alongside her five beloved siblings. Diane was among the first wave of female state troopers in the Pacific Northwest - the first step in a dutiful lifelong career in public service.
When her career as an Ordinance Control Officer transported her to Stayton, Oregon in 1982, Diane met her soulmate, Kerby Arvey, whom she married in 1985. The two shared an admiration of the outdoors, recreation, and travel. Their love of nature informed their decision to relocate to Baker City in 2003, where she served as a Sergeant through the Oregon Department of Corrections until her retirement in 2012.
Diane was an active volunteer in her community, an avid quilter, and lover of all things handcrafted. In her free time, she enjoyed fishing with Kerby, crafting and quilting with her dear band of Baker City seamstresses, and traveling to support her grandchildren in their various activities. Above all else, Diane’s greatest joy in life was her family.
Diane is survived by her mother Gladys V. Edwards; her siblings Sharon Baker, Barbra Lief, Ed Edwards (Sue), Dave Edwards (Judi), twin sister Darlene K. Edwards; her husband, Kerby Arvey; sons Christian Pedersen and James Pedersen (Mishelle); her daughter Lisa Eckis (John); her grandchildren, McKenzie, Hayden, Bailey, Kristopher, and Derrick; and her two cats Jinx and Charlie.
She is preceded in death by her father, Robert Edwards.
Her memory will forever be documented in her lovingly-crafted scrapbooks, and preserved in the quilts she stitched to keep her loved ones warm. She lives on in the selfless, resourceful, optimistic, and pioneering spirit she imparted on those who were fortunate enough to know her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Baker City Senior Center or the Baker City YMCA through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences can be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com