The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 2, 2014

Diana S. Laird

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — Diana S. Laird, age 70, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at UH Cleveland after a long illness.

The daughter of David and Mary (Cross) Coy, she was born on Nov. 21, 1943, in Painesville, Ohio. Diana was a graduate of Geneva High School. On May 15, 1965, she married Donald Laird and they celebrated forty-eight years of love and memories.

Diana was a woman of many talents; she enjoyed cooking, reading, and traveling with her family. There are many fond memories of family vacations out West and Alaska. Traveling together made life entertaining and interesting. Diana had a green thumb and filled her home with many types of plants all of which thrived under tender loving care. For many years, she and her friends would gather together to play cards and socialize. Diana looked forward to those times spent together.

Above all the time spent with her family was most precious; watching her children grow into wonderful parents filled her with pride. She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with affection and love.

Diana will be remembered for her strength and dignity, her ability to make the best of a bad situation and to remember her family and friends with love and kindness.

She is survived by her loving husband and traveling companion, Donald Laird; their children, Michelle (Rick) Scheanon, Robert (Stephanie) Laird and Heather (Eric) Purdue, all of Ashtabula; beloved grandchildren, Lee Scheanon, Joe (Nichole) Scheanon, Matt Whitfield, Mike Whitfield, Alex Laird and Hannah Laird; precious great-grandchildren, Ryley, Chloe, Makayla, Seth, Addison and Zane; her sister,  Eleanor (Vince) Rocco of Escondido, Calif.; her brother, Ronald (Rozella) Orosz of Belle Center, Ohio; and her best friend, Nancy Sintic.

A Calling Hour will be observed from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m., on March 9th, at ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, with Kathleen Shaffer, CFSP, officiating.

At the conclusion of the Service, the family invites everyone to join them in the Zaback-Williams-Ducro reception hall for a Memorial Dinner in Diana’s memory.

If desired, contributions in Diana’s name may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.

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