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Diana L. Ginn
October 25, 1963 ~ January 14, 2023 (age 59) 59 Years Old
On Saturday, January 14, 2023, heaven gained another angel. That evening, Diana Lynn Ginn, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, and friend was ushered into Jesus’ arms for eternity. She passed at age 59.
Diana was born in Rockledge, Florida to Gary and Shirley Burgess. She spent her childhood in various states and attended high school in Lancaster, CA, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Scott. Together, they moved over 26 times, putting their roots down in both Hawaii and Colorado. They celebrated 40 years of marriage in December.
Diana was a stay-at-home mom for many years. Her passion for people led her to develop and instruct course curriculum for the U.S. Army Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program. As a strong advocate for the family unit, she later joined Dr. James Dobson’s Executive Assistant Team at Focus on the Family. She co-founded a hula halau (group) called Instruments of Praise and ministered to countless people through praise worship hula across the country over the span of two decades. She was a selfless, intentional, and engaged mother to her three children, and a present, fun-loving Nanna who adored her five grandchildren.
In her late 40’s, Diana began exhibiting cognitive issues, and was diagnosed in 2017 with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She battled it for over 11 years with grace, grit and bravery. Always thinking of others, she also participated in finding a cure for this horrible disease by volunteering in drug trials and partaking in research programs, which will continue post-mortem.
Throughout the journey, Scott and Diana made a point to slow dance with each other every day, even to the final stage. Although the disease progressed and her abilities slowly diminished, she continued to bring joy to her husband and those around her with her bright smile and funny one-liners.
Diana was best known for her breathtakingly beautiful smile, her generosity to all those around her, her fierce loyalty to her family and friends, and her devout love for Jesus Christ. She loved being immersed in her community, her neighborhood, her church, and her friends’ lives, available at a moment’s notice to help or serve, and was always a comforting, gentle presence in time of need.
We are grieving this loss and know that it will leave a Diana-sized hole in our hearts for the rest of our lives. She was truly one-of-a-kind. If you knew Diana, or even met her once, you know the impact she had on people – pointing others to Christ by example and living in service to those she loved. She was, and will always be, a shining example of generosity, compassion, joy, and unwavering love.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gary and Shirley, her brother, Steven, and her nephew, Ethan. She is survived by her husband, Scott, her children and their spouses, Brandon (Lauren), Joshua (Claire), Ashlee (Kenny), her 5 grandchildren, Ava (16), Esley (13), Leila (11), Roslyn (6) and River (4), and her siblings, David (Joy), Donna (Joe) and Cindy, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
To honor Diana’s memory, a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette CO, followed by a reception. The service will be streamed and available here live. If desired, please consider wearing your best Hawaiian attire as we will be celebrating her welcome into Paradise. Her urn will be interred in Hawaii at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.