Diane Lenaire Powell, 68, affectionally called “Di-Di” was born in Boston, MA to Gladys (DeSilva) Loftman and Oswald Loftman on September 25, 1953. She passed away on June 8, 2022 due to complications from cancer. Diane grew up in Roxbury, MA and graduated from Timilty High School in 1971. Diane then attended the Opportunity Industrialization Centers Program (OIC) that was offered to women that studied and excelled in office technology and administration. She was employed as an Executive Secretary by the Commonwealth of MA, and later became a Supervisor at the Department of Welfare. In addition, she attended the Rittners School of Floral Design, where she developed a passion for floristry. She was one of 7 children (Daphne Hart, Monica Halliday, Virginia Parks, Kenneth Loftman, Doreen Ramos and Clinton Loftman). Until present day, she was lovingly devoted to her life-long partner Jose Padilla.
Diane was an animal lover and always adopted the dogs with challenging personalities. She loved elephants and had an extensive collection of figurines, so much that, her family was even able to adopt her own African Elephant last Mother’s Day. She had a magnetic aura that drew in so many and her loving spirit was unmatched. She loved music, movies and art and was a gifted artist herself. She loved to craft jewelry, knit, crochet, sew, sketch drawings and bake in her spare time. Diane also loved to travel and enjoyed watching sunrises on the whatever beach she was on.
All who knew Diane, were blessed by her gentleness, kindness and total devotion to family and friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren who loved and adored their Nana. She loved to surprise them with their favorite toys, clothes or treats every time she visited. Her smile would light up a room and warm the hearts of those she met. Her love and light will truly be missed.
Diane is survived by her daughters Keisha Powell Burgess (Shawn) and Tanee Sutherland, and her Stepchildren Lesa Powell, Joshua Powell IV, and Maria (Padilla) Moreno, grandchildren, Brittani Lenaire, Myles and Carter Burgess and Daniel Moreno, and a host of other step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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