Diane was born and raised in Buffalo. Both sides of her family came to the Buffalo area from Sweden, and her father’s family were among those who founded the Marysville / Swedesburg Church near Waverly (now part of Zion).
Lucky for me, Zion has always been my church. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would have to say my father was instrumental in my faith journey. He always made sure that we were part of our church family. His legacy was his singing voice, so he was part of many weddings, funerals, church choir. That of course is why I have loved being part of our Zion Choir since I was about fifteen (fifty seven years). I am proud to say, Zion along with my family and friends, are my life.
Diane was baptized and confirmed at Zion, and then married at Zion to her high school sweetheart, Larry Huston. Diane was employed at Zion for 23 years as financial secretary, and then sold real estate in the Buffalo area for 13 years. She and Larry now have three grown children, four grandchildren, a son in-law and two daughters-in-law.
We live on Lake Pulaski so our summers are spent with our family and friends, boating and swimming. I enjoy working in my flower gardens and helping my husband with the yard work. I also enjoy traveling, golfing and playing five hundred with friends. Probably the most fun I have is being with my grandchildren.
What Diane loves most about Zion is the people, including staff both past and present.
I can’t say enough about the present staff here at Zion, they are all very caring and giving people.
Diane has been involved in many ways at Zion, especially since her retirement. Besides singing in the choir and volunteering with Harvest of Hands fundraiser each fall, she is often involved with property projects both indoors and outdoors, including tending the gardens, decorating for Christmas, and keeping the kitchen clean.
If I see something that needs to be done, I do it. I love being outside trimming and planting, trying to keep the grounds looking good. Volunteering in these areas gives me a feeling of belonging and a sense of pride, making God’s house a nice place to be. I know it is not heaven but I think of it as God’s house, and the way I look at it, there is nothing that is too good for God. Also, it is the first impression that people have of our church home, so hopefully they will come through our doors and make it their church home. But most of all I love the fellowship and friends I get to be with.