558 N. Main St., Prineville, OR 97754 | (541) 447-6205
May 16, 1945-April 20, 2013
Dyanne VanSwoll passed away peacefully in her home on April 20, 2013 at the age of 67. Honoring her wishes, there will be no service.
Dyanne was born May 16, 1945 in Portland, Ore. to Hazel and Meredith Bernard. She graduated from Rainier Union High School, class of 1963.
Dyanne and her husband, John, lived all over Oregon; Prineville, Fossil, Condon, Umatilla, Hermiston, Baker City, and back to Prineville. The majority of her working career was in the newspaper business, where she worked at the Central Oregonian, The Times Journal, and The Hermiston Herald. In her retirement she was proud to have had the privilege to edit several books of local author, Rick Steber.
Dyanne was an avid reader and loved to bake, always trying new recipes, but nothing gave her more joy than her quilting. She was an active member of the Crook County Quilt Guild, entering numerous quilts in the Prineville and Sister’s quilt shows. She was truly a contributing member of her community, volunteering at the local thrift store and during various Quilt Guild fundraisers. She had a heart for giving, which was shown as she worked tirelessly making “chemo quilts” to be donated to the Oncology Department of Bend Memorial Hospital. Dyanne graciously made all her children and grandchildren beautiful quilts that will forever be cherished.
Dyanne is survived by her husband of more than 36 years, John; her three daughters, Cheryl Borns (husband Ed) of Hermiston, Ore., Linda Abercrombie (husband Earl) of Portland, Ore., Julie Cleveland of Vancouver, Wash.; her step-children, Loren VanSwoll (wife Lisa) of Hermiston, Ore. and Diane Eldridge (husband Al) of Trinidad, Colo.; her sister, Val Myers (husband Dave) of Prineville, Ore.; and brother, Duane Bernard (wife Jo) of Rainier, Ore.; six grandchildren, Megan, John, Brandi, Amanda, Shawna and Rachel; eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Beth Hudspeth and Marian Baxter.
For memorial contributions, the family has requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Dyanne’s name.