On Saturday, July 14, 2018 after a short battle with stomach cancer diagnosed in early June, Diane Sewell went to be with her Lord, Savior, and friend Jesus. She leaves her loving husband, Andy, their two sons, William and Josh, and joins their premature 1992 born twin daughters Andrea (lived 54 days) and Christine (lived 20 min.), already in Heaven.
She leaves her brother, David E. Kallstrom of Vancouver, WA, and her sister-in-law, Lani Kallstrom, with her sons, Michael and Jesse, in Snohomish, WA.
She also leaves her brother- and sister-in-law, Nick and Tammy Sewell, their daughters, Danielle and Jacqueline, of Pullman, WA, and a host of loving friends.
Diane was a loving wife, mother, friend, and teacher. She was a kid at heart and especially loved children! One of her great joys was teaching children of all ages. Diane was a Proverbs 31 woman, a hard worker, tenacious, and determined, who always had a kind word for those she met and a great desire to see all come to know the healing and love of Jesus. She loved her church family at Living Faith Fellowship (LFF) of Pullman, where she met Andy.
The Joy of the Lord was her strength. She was such a loving, accepting, joyful, and positive person, always seeing the cup half full. She had a way of complimenting and encouraging everyone she knew and met, always seeing the good in people. She made others feel loved and accepted with her sweet and unthreateningly kind ways.
Diane was a very supportive wife to her husband and mother to her boys, always believing in them. Diane was unfailingly encouraging to her husband Andy in his artistic business endeavors and dreams. She traveled with Andy and the family all over the west and northwest to Andy's art shows. She loved meeting all the people that came across their paths at the different venues. Andy shares that he was so blessed at how many people he would meet and become friends with because of Diane's very friendly and extroverted personality. She was never afraid to meet and compliment a stranger and make a new friend.
Diane was currently enrolled in Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) in Redding, California. She was looking forward to attending BSSM this fall, and planned to take ministry training classes to grow more in her relationship with Jesus. She was excited to meet many more people who love and are passionate for God and getting out the truth of how good He is. She was an evangelist at heart.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1978 at Washington State University, and Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree from the LFF Ministry Training Center in 1992.
Diane was born on December 17, 1954, in Seattle, WA, to Don and Dorothy Kallstrom, where she grew up with two older brothers, David and Dean. After finishing high school, she attended the University of Southern California as a drama student in 1973 and remained a proud fan throughout her life. She always had a dream in her heart to be an actress and loved to watch movies clear through the credits to see if she knew anyone. In the Fall of 1974, she moved to Pullman where she attended and graduated with her teaching degree from WSU. Diane met Andy at Living Faith Fellowship in 1985 and they married on May 8, 1988. Diane and Andy lived in Pullman and raised their two boys to love God. In 2008, they all moved to their small six-acre ranch in Viola, Idaho, opened their Art Studio/Gallery, and began their dream of country living. In addition to helping Andy with his art business, Diane served as a teacher, nanny, and substitute teacher for many years at local school districts, including Moscow, Pullman, Palouse, and Potlatch. She worked as a substitute teacher until June of this year (2018) when she had to withdraw for health reasons.
Diane was not one to complain, remaining positive even when faced with aggressive, stage four cancer in late June.
We will publicly celebrate Diane’s life with friends and family on Monday, July 23, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at Living Faith Fellowship in Pullman, WA.