Diana K. Vogel added sparkle to this world. She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1951, to Loren and Mary Vogel. On December 16, 2021, she passed peacefully in Olympia, Washington, after a very brief illness.
Diana was the oldest of three children. Only 15 when her mother died, Diana helped raise her younger brothers, Stephen and David. She worked for many years at St. Joseph State Hospital. After attending Missouri Western University, she worked at Heartland East Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She loved the open Missouri sky, the Missouri moon, and most of all her dear Missouri friends.
Diana kept the family homestead in Missouri when she moved to Olympia in 1985. She worked at Providence St. Peter Hospital, where she was a wonderfully skillful and compassionate psychiatric nurse, and a fun, beloved colleague. She retired in 2017. She initially spent some time back in Missouri but, to the delight of her Olympia friends, returned to live here. Diana's welcoming home, her beautiful backyard, and her heart were always open to the many people who loved her. She gave wonderful parties for both small events like friends' birthdays and large events like Lakefair. Most recently, she was worried by the increased hatred and violence in our world, but she kept her faith in the basic goodness of people. She loved her animals, flowers, and sparkles on belts, earrings, tablecloths - just about anything. And her smile was the best sparkle of all.
Diana was predeceased by her mother, Mary; father, Loren; and brother, Stephen. She is survived by her brother, David; many nieces and nephews and cousins; and her former husband. She is also survived by her dearest pets, Panda and Niko, and by many, many dear friends in Olympia, Missouri and across the country.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 4, 2022, 1:00 p.m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. Inurnment will be in St. Joseph at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or to Missouri Western University.
Those who attend the celebration in person are asked to be vaccinated and to wear masks.