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 Diane Kay <I>Ragels</I> Griffin

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Diane Kay Ragels Griffin

Birth
Cody, Park County, Wyoming, USA
Death
9 Sep 2012 (aged 59)
Odessa, Ector County, Texas, USA
Burial
Cremated, Other, Specifically: no mention of burial in obituary
Memorial ID
98510404 View Source

ODESSA, Texas | Diane Kay (Ragels) Griffin, former resident of Rapid City, SD, died at her home in Odessa, TX, on September 9, 2012. She was 59.
Diane was born on March 27, 1953 in Cody, WY, to Richard and LaDonna Ragels. She was the oldest of seven children. The family later settled in Rapid City, where Diane graduated from Stevens High School in 1971.
In December of 1971, she married Russell Moen in Rapid City. After a military tour overseas, the couple relocated to Miles City, MT. Two children were born to this union. The couple later divorced.
While in Montana, Diane began to pursue a career in nursing at Miles Community College. She graduated with an associate degree in nursing in 1980. From there, she went on to earn her bachelor of science in nursing from Montana State University in Bozeman.
She joined the U.S. Army in 1987 and earned a master of science from Baylor University to become a certified, registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). She completed her residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX, in 1991.
In 1990, Diane married Colonel (ret.) Greg A. Griffin. The couple was stationed in Ramstein, Germany, from 1991 to 1994. During this time, Diane worked at the U.S. Army's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as a CRNA.
She was medically retired from the Army in 1994 at the rank of captain. The couple relocated to San Antonio where Diane was employed at the Texas Headache Institute from 1996 through 1999.
The couple divorced and Diane remained a resident of Texas until she moved to Blair, NE, in September 2007 to be closer to her sisters and mother.
In November, 2010, she moved to Odessa, TX, to be near her daughter and grandchildren.
Diane enjoyed gardening and she was an accomplished pianist. She also enjoyed spending time with her children skiing and fishing. She taught her son how to "sneak up" on the savvy brook trout.
She will be remembered for her love and generosity and will be greatly missed by the many hearts she touched.
Survivors include her son, Matthew (Sheila) Moen of Spokane, WA; mother and stepfather, LaDonna and Wally Jaehn, Blair, NE; stepmother, Waneta Ragels, Rapid City, SD; seven grandchildren: Brittney, Hayden, and Avery of Spokane, WA, Logan, Lexondria, Landry and Waverly, and son-in-law, Billy, all of Odessa, TX; one great-granddaughter, Bella, Spokane, WA; one brother, Rick Ragels, Crowley, CO; four sisters, Lauri (Larry) Randolph, Elko, NV, Beth (Woody) Welke and Amy (Joel) Wing, all of Blair, NE, and Nancy Frick, Elkhorn, NE; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Diane was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennie, father, Richard "Dick" Ragels, brother, Terry Ragels, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Services are scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. at South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City, SD, with Pastor Bruce Thalacker officiating. A private family celebration of life will take place following the service.

ODESSA, Texas | Diane Kay (Ragels) Griffin, former resident of Rapid City, SD, died at her home in Odessa, TX, on September 9, 2012. She was 59.
Diane was born on March 27, 1953 in Cody, WY, to Richard and LaDonna Ragels. She was the oldest of seven children. The family later settled in Rapid City, where Diane graduated from Stevens High School in 1971.
In December of 1971, she married Russell Moen in Rapid City. After a military tour overseas, the couple relocated to Miles City, MT. Two children were born to this union. The couple later divorced.
While in Montana, Diane began to pursue a career in nursing at Miles Community College. She graduated with an associate degree in nursing in 1980. From there, she went on to earn her bachelor of science in nursing from Montana State University in Bozeman.
She joined the U.S. Army in 1987 and earned a master of science from Baylor University to become a certified, registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). She completed her residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX, in 1991.
In 1990, Diane married Colonel (ret.) Greg A. Griffin. The couple was stationed in Ramstein, Germany, from 1991 to 1994. During this time, Diane worked at the U.S. Army's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as a CRNA.
She was medically retired from the Army in 1994 at the rank of captain. The couple relocated to San Antonio where Diane was employed at the Texas Headache Institute from 1996 through 1999.
The couple divorced and Diane remained a resident of Texas until she moved to Blair, NE, in September 2007 to be closer to her sisters and mother.
In November, 2010, she moved to Odessa, TX, to be near her daughter and grandchildren.
Diane enjoyed gardening and she was an accomplished pianist. She also enjoyed spending time with her children skiing and fishing. She taught her son how to "sneak up" on the savvy brook trout.
She will be remembered for her love and generosity and will be greatly missed by the many hearts she touched.
Survivors include her son, Matthew (Sheila) Moen of Spokane, WA; mother and stepfather, LaDonna and Wally Jaehn, Blair, NE; stepmother, Waneta Ragels, Rapid City, SD; seven grandchildren: Brittney, Hayden, and Avery of Spokane, WA, Logan, Lexondria, Landry and Waverly, and son-in-law, Billy, all of Odessa, TX; one great-granddaughter, Bella, Spokane, WA; one brother, Rick Ragels, Crowley, CO; four sisters, Lauri (Larry) Randolph, Elko, NV, Beth (Woody) Welke and Amy (Joel) Wing, all of Blair, NE, and Nancy Frick, Elkhorn, NE; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Diane was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennie, father, Richard "Dick" Ragels, brother, Terry Ragels, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Services are scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. at South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City, SD, with Pastor Bruce Thalacker officiating. A private family celebration of life will take place following the service.


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