Diana Owen White

Sep 3, 1958 - Sep 9, 2020

Obituary

It is with immeasurable sadness, which in time will transform to her grace and strength within us, the family of Diana (Owen) White shares of her passing on September 9, 2020, shortly after her 62nd birthday having courageously beat cancer for 13 years.

Diana was born September 3, 1958 in Sacramento and was the youngest of five children. As an early testament to the ambition and perseverance she demonstrated throughout her life, she graduated from Sacramento High School in three years and followed with a degree in accounting from Sacramento State just three years later.

Her excellence continued with a distinguished 37-year career as a public servant where her intelligence, leadership, creativity, work ethic, and loyalty took her from an entry level auditor to one of the highest positions in state government.

More importantly Diana was a devoted wife, caring daughter and sister, endlessly loving mother, doting grandmother, compassionate aunt, and selfless friend. She welcomed easily, loved deeply, gave generously, and fought fiercely for those close to her.

Diana enjoyed trips to the coast, a nice glass of wine, an old country song, classic Mustangs, and finding a good bargain. More than that she enjoyed spending time making memories and sharing a smile with those she loved be it across an ocean or around her dinner table.

Diana’s legacy, spirit, and inspiration will live on through her loving husband Tony, her eternally grateful son Robert Ducay, her sister Christine, her brother Douglas, her grandchildren Camille, Colleen, and Jared, stepchildren, nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Waiting for her when she passed were her parents Bill and Helen Owen, her sister Leuenda, her brother Robert, and her niece Wendy.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 Thursday, September 24, 2020 at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Wellness Within Cancer Support Services or the Me-One Foundation.

Please commemorate Diana with pictures and memories at:

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“What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

Guestbook

  • Theresa Roebuck says:

    Diana, your spark for life will Forever be a fond memory. Your positive outlook each day and fight with determination will always be in my memories of knowing you. Rest In Peace.

  • Wm Bruce Edwards says:

    My deepest condolences to Tony, Robert and Family. Diana was a very special and loving lady, who I’ve known for over 30 years. As the Deputy Director of Audits and Investigations she promoted me to Chief of Investigations in August 2005, even though I didn’t want the promotion. Diana was kind, gracious and caring and had a way with us wild and wacky Investigators. Diana asked me if I would be the Officiant at her and Tony’s wedding. How could anyone say no to Diana. She asked if I could include a verse from a Jimmy Buffet song in the wedding vows. I remember it quite well. “Yesterday’s Over my Shoulder so You can’t look back for too long, cause there’s so much to see waiting in front of thee
    you know you can’t go wrong.”
    Diana was one of those extra special unforgettable characters that you’ll always remember. Diana’s now in Heaven celebrating in the Presence of Our Lord with her Family and Friends. One day we will be where Diana Is.

  • Alex Balandra says:

    Diana was one in a million. I was fortunate to work for Diana and call her a friend. I will never forget her smile, her laugh, and mostly her caring. May Diana Rest In Peace.

  • Sally Ault says:

    Tony and Family. I only met Diana once when I stayed there before my demo at the woodturning club. Even though she was going through treatment she was a gracious hostess and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to her.
    My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all.

  • Tim CACY says:

    Tony=
    Although your loss is great, your memories are greater. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • David anelson says:

    Tony, I was most sorry to here the news. Tough times. You have my condolences. Keep your chin up and your late on though.

  • Terry and Jean Eckers says:

    Jean and I are so sorry to hear of her passing. You know it’s not very often that you meet two people for a short period of time and seem to have a connection but we did. Rest In Peace Diana.

  • Hank Wilson says:

    Tony, I know your pain at the loss of your sweet wife. This has been one year I would have liked to skip. But some how we keep on keeping on. The world is a bit dimmer with out Diana & her smile. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Neal DeVore says:

    Diana was one of the warmest individuals I have ever had the opportunity to know. She helped my daughter going through breast cancer even though they had never met. Deanna and I always felt welcome when around Diana even though she obviously hurt. What a gallant lady and the love of Tony. Go in peace

  • Guilio marcolongo says:

    When I first met Diana I felt I had know here for many years. Her friendly presence and infectious smile warmed my heart. You fought hard and still you had time to help others . Rest In Peace dear one we will all miss you.
    My condolences to tony and family for their loss

  • Cass Capel says:

    Diana was well-loved and respected in our metastatic breast cancer group at Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Organization. She lived fully .. and never visited “Pity-City.” She lived with dignity and grace… someone to emulate. We (her group) miss her terribly. Tony, are thought are with you 🙏🏼♥️🙏🏼 Cass Brown Capel, Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Organization.

  • Joe Mercado says:

    Very sorry to hear of Diana’s passing.
    She and Tony visited us and stayed at our beach cabin briefly one summer. Diana was so sweet and charming.. while we didn’t know her well, I know she was a bright light in Tony’s life, and I’m sure in the lives of those who knew her well.

  • John Cottrell says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family, Tony. You are in our thoughts. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

  • Karrie and Paul Reid says:

    It has been a privilege for Paul and me to know Diana as neighbor and friend. Her grace, wit and humor, good nature, kindness, intelligence, warmth and genuineness were hallmarks of a life well-lived by a truly good human being. We will miss her deeply. Our love and prayers are with you.

  • Brian Brockett says:

    I had not spent significant time with Diana in nearly 20 years, but she filled an important role in my life for the roughly 10 years prior. Her son, Robert, was my childhood best friend, and with no swimming pool or basketball hoop at my own house, we spent many, many hours under Diana’s supervision. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and without a mother in my own home, Diana helped fill that void. I was lucky to have Diana in my village. May she rest in peace, and my sincerest condolences to Bob.

  • Brenda G. Klutz says:

    Brenda Klutz
    Tony, Robert and Family – my heart goes out to you all. It was a privilege to know Diana as a colleague, cooking class partner and friend. Diana always thought of those she loved – making sure she brought home a dessert for Tony after a cooking class, or proudly sharing family milestones and accomplishments. I will miss her.

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