Diane Kay Stafford, 50 years of age, of Holdrege, formerly of Imperial, Nebraska

Memorial Services for Diane Kay Stafford will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Imperial, Nebraska with Lay Pastor, Melody Newman, officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Diane Kay Stafford, 50 years of age, of Holdrege (formerly of Imperial, Nebraska), passed away at her home Holdrege on July 9, 2013. Diane was born July 20, 1962 in Imperial, one of three children born to Carl and Gail (Patton) Stafford. She attended primary school at the Lamar Grade School in Imperial and graduated from Chase County High School with the class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska until 1983 majoring in art.

Following her education, Diane moved to Loveland, Colorado where she served as a caregiver for the mentally challenged. In 1997, Diane returned to Nebraska and was employed in various health care jobs in Benkelman, McCook, and Minden, Nebraska. She was a champion of the helpless and less fortunate and felt strongly about the rights of those less blessed than she was.

In recent years, she returned to the college campus at the University of Nebraska at Kearney part-time to pursue a degree in creative writing and was within a few credit hours of receiving her bachelor's degree.

Diane is survived by her parents, Carl and Gail Stafford, of Haigler, Nebraska; one sister, Lois (Stafford) Burchell and her husband, Danial; one brother, Donald Stafford and his wife, Cristina; her beloved nephews: Conner Burchell, Garrett Burchell, Carl Stafford, and Christian Stafford and niece, Clara Burchell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

There will be no visitation as the family has chosen cremation.
A memorial has been established in Diane's honor and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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