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Dianna Peters

Dianna Lyn (Hill) Peters, age 67, died peacefully on Saturday morning, April 6, 2013, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Dianna was born in Muscatine, Iowa on September 1, 1945 to Merle and Anita (Bell) Hill. Growing up, she worked hard in her parent's grocery store and was a great older sister to her brother, Arthur (Artie) and sister, Debbie. After graduating from Muscatine High School in 1963, she worked at Grain Processing/Kent Feeds in Muscatine as a lab technician with many of her life-long friends. It was here that she met a young veterinary student, John Peters.
John and Dianna were married August 27, 1967 in Muscatine, Iowa. Over the next few years they lived in Ames, Iowa, while John finished his veterinary degree, and then Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Madison, Wisconsin while John served in the Army. While in Madison, daughter Amy Ann was born in 1970. They moved to Mount Ayr in 1971 to open a veterinary practice with friend and classmate Dr. Max Mekus. Son, Richard John (R.J.) was born in Mount Ayr in 1973.
Dianna chose to be a stay-at-home mom which allowed her to attend nearly every school program, band concert, volleyball and football game, track meet and wrestling match-as well as to run forgotten uniforms, homework or lunch money to school. She was her children's greatest fans and made sure they knew they could do anything they set their minds to.
She was very involved with John's practice, often helping out at Mount Ayr Veterinary Clinic, making Calf Claim, and answering the phone at all hours of the night. John and Dianna also raised hogs in the 1980s and more than once found herself clipping her nails so she could pull baby pigs. She also helped raise numerous stray dogs, cats and squirrels as well as making some questionable animal purchases on her own such as the famous running ducks.
With the kids off to college, the pigs sold, and the barns torn down, she found her calling as a Domestic Abuse Advocate. She worked hard to keep families safe and she was passionate about helping people turn their lives around. She also enjoyed spending time at auctions and had a great eye for a bargain and how to repurpose her finds into treasures. "Aunt Di" as she was known to her large and loving extended family in the community could always be counted on to provide food and hugs-as well as advice and her special form of brutal honesty.
One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren. She made it a point to spend time with each of them and to let them know how special they were. Holidays at Grandma's house were anticipated events as she always went overboard with food, gifts, and decorations. Most of all, lots of love.
Health problems caused her to slow down a little in the last years, but she never lost her quick wit, ability to drive too fast, or desire to help other people. Since John's retirement, they became snow birds, visiting South Padre Island, Texas, each February. Dianna enjoyed sitting in the sun and spending time with friends-especially Tom and Jan Ford.
She is survived by her best friend and husband of 45 years, Dr. John Peters; daughter, Amy, of Dubuque, Iowa; son, Dr. R.J. and wife Jennifer, of Clarinda, Iowa; four grandchildren, Julia and Avery Wickham, and Roger and Baker Peters; sister, Debbie Lane and husband Steve, of Muscatine, Iowa; and many adored nieces, nephews and their children.
Dianna was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Anita Hill, and brother, Arthur Hill.

  • Open Viewing

    April 09, 2013
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    April 09, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    April 10, 2013
    10:00 AM

    United Methodist Church

    301 West Madison St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Wednesday April 10 2013

    Benton Cemetery

    Benton, IA

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Dianna was my babysitter when we lived on Monroe street in Muscatine. She was so much fun. One picture of her that comes to mind is her sitting in the baby highchair eating a popsicle. Our families were close and we had many good times. Her sister Debbie and I were the same age. I know she will be missed. You have my sincere symapthy for your loss. Sheila Reynolds Monahan, Muscatine, IA.

Posted by Sheila (Reynolds) Monahan - Muscatine, IA - childhood neighbor on Monroe str   April 15, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dianna was a classmate of mine all the way back to grade school and we graduated in the class of MHS 1963 which will have their 50th reunion in September. We have lost way too many classmates at such a young age. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great gal. My love and sympathies to her family with her passing. Kathy Schlutz Skrei

Posted by Kathy (Schlutz) Skrei - Sun Lakes, AZ - friend   April 12, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I met Dianna in high school and we used to double date, she sat at my guest book and served at my wedding. I still have a picture of her crying as I walked down the aisle. We had a lot of wonderful laughs together. I am sorry I did not start fb sooner, I''ve missed a lot of opportunities to chat with Dianna. We also go to Padre Island in the winter so we may have been there at the same time, it''s a shame we did not connect. I enjoyed the picture that was posted and commented on how much she hadn''t changed, she still had the same smile and pretty hair. I am so sorry for your loss and I hope that you can find Peace in your hearts.

Dorene Schmelzer

Posted by Dorene Snavely Schmelzer - Muscatine, IA - Old friend   April 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

What a wonderful lady. I remember being in the house a few years ago and seeing the flowers John had given her for her birthday or anniversary. I could feel the love there. Dianna''s autumn clematis by the door is so beautiful. I have one like it and will be reminded of her every time it blooms as she is the reason I planted mine. I wish I could wrap the whole family in a big hug. Know that if we can do anything to let us know. Take care of you all.
Connie and Bill

Posted by Connie and Bill Doudy - Mount Ayr, IA - friends and neighbors   April 10, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

John I remember so clearly the phone call I knew I had to make to you a few years ago and now sadness has hit your life. You are much too young to be alone. I am so sorry for your loss. Each day will get easier. Remember if you need anything Jason and I are here for you.

Posted by Dorothy Garrett-Smith - Diagonal, IA - Friend   April 10, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear John and family, I was sadden to hear of Dianna''s passing. So sorry for your loss. She was such a very special lady. Every time I saw her she had a hug and kind word. I will miss her. Your in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Posted by Roxie Saltzman - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   April 09, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

It''s gonna be strange stopping by the house where a majority of my childhood was spent and not hearing that inviting "Well Hello There" as I walk through the door! Di was a great baker and usually had some type of homemade cookies around, I''m especially gonna miss the Snickerdoodle cookies she made for me (Well maybe not just for me, but that''s what she always told me)! With my parents being good friends of Doc and Dianne I spent many days and nights running around the house with R.J. and Amy till we were drug to the car to go home. She would always make you feel like part of the family no matter who you were. I will always cherish those memories of my childhood and will forever wish we could do it all again!
Dianne was one of a kind with a hard to come by unique personality! She was loved by many around these parts and will be greatly missed!! She always had an infectious smile on her face and never met a stranger! The ones who were lucky enough to have known her will miss Aunt Di, but me..... I''m gonna miss a mother!!

Posted by Bobby Haley - Benton, IA - Family friend   April 09, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dianna, you are so going to be missed. I loved our fun conversations. You and John were a couple to be admired. Safe travels dear lady.

Posted by Penny Hymbaugh - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   April 09, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My hearts go out to the Peters family. Helping at the clinic, Di always came in to see me. Miss and love you Di!! HUGE hug for John!!!!

Posted by Christy Johnson - Coon Rapids, IA - friend of family   April 08, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss, John. You & Dianna made a grat team. She did lots of good in this world. So thankful to have known her.

Posted by Ernie & Judy Mercer    April 08, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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