Diane M. Yancy, age 59, of Three Rivers, died late Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at her home following a long illness.
She was born in Mendon on Dec. 8, 1949, the daughter of Duaine and Dorothy (McClish) Phillips. Diane attended Mendon Schools and graduated from Three Rivers High School.
She was married to Henry L. Yancy in Kalamazoo on March 18, 1968. Henry died in 1973.
Diane had worked at T-H Plastics in Mendon before becoming a certified nurses assistant. She then worked at Armstrong Adult Foster Care, Riverview Manor, and Fairview Living Center. Diane was a very active member of the American Legion Auxiliary at Post #170 in Three Rivers.
Diane is survived by two children, Gena Ludwig (Dale) of Constantine and Denny Phillips (Kim) of Centreville; seven grandchildren, Tinnika Ludwig, Brittany Ludwig, Ashley Phillips, Denny D. Phillips, Ricki Hart, Tony Hart, and Kali Zablocki; one brother, Allen Phillips (Juanita) of Jones; four sisters, Dena Kelly (Jerry) of Three Rivers, Shirley Lunde (Mike Guthrie) of Mendon, Sheryle Ross of Three Rivers, and Wendy Grice (Butch) of Sturgis; several nieces and nephews; and by her long time companion, Benny Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; her father, Duaine Phillips; her mother and step-father, Dorothy and Clayton Lunde; and a brother, Doug Phillips.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon with Pastor Keith Terrell of Temple Baptist Church in Three Rivers officiating. Burial will be in Beard Cemetery.
Memorials will be directed to the family. Online register is available at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com.