On April 2, 2022 Diane Kinney passed peacefully embarking on her next adventure at the age of 85. She was born on September 9, 1936 in her maternal grandparents’ farmhouse outside Burley, Idaho. Her parents of her, Alice and Edward Kane, were both teaching in rural Nevada, so in her heart of her she was always a Native Nevadan but always proud of being born an Idaho spud!
After her mother’s unfortunate death in 1940, her father later married Emma Turner, a member of an early Idaho pioneer family. That marriage took Diane back to Idaho where she lived a happy childhood. Throughout her lifetime, she considered her (Turner / Sawyer) cousins, Mary Ann, Janet, and Carol, her sisters.
In 1950, the Kanes moved to Carson City and then to Reno in 1952. After two rewarding years at Carson High School she enjoyed her equally rewarding years at Reno High School. Upon graduation, her family moved to Germany then France, where her father taught US Military dependents. Diane credited that time as an awakening to other cultures. She said, “It widened my frame of reference.”
Back in Reno, she attended UNR for a year after which she married Raymond Foster. Once her children de ella, Edward & Catherine Foster were in school, Diane returned to UNR and graduated in 1965. She later attended UC Berkeley for an additional year. She taught English and Film in both Wooster and Reed high schools and also Acalanes HSin Lafayette, CA. She considered her teaching as one of the most exciting endeavors of her life.
Her first marriage ended in the early 1970’s. In 1976 she married San Franciscan, Charles Kinney, the love of her life de ella, adding her two children to his six de ella, which eventually blossomed into fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Hallmark loved her, for she never failed to send cards for any holiday, birthday, or occasion.
After 12 years in San Francisco, they moved to Pebble Beach where they became active in the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. She and Charlie traveled to many exotic destinations around the world. In 1999 they moved to Incline Village and later Reno to be closer to her son.
Diane volunteered her time and talent to many nonprofit organizations, most notably The Monterey Museum of Art, the Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice of the California Central Coast, the IVCB Republican Women, and the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society. She loved to entertain and create memorable events for family and friends. As an only child she treasured her friendships from her, especially her 50 year plus with Louise Evans and Kay Zunino. After returning to Reno, Kay invited her into the Les Amies, a group which kept her alert and engaged in its rewarding bridge and book club.
She loved to laugh and will be remembered for her sense of humor, keen intellect, and loving care and concern for others. She considered her children of her her life’s greatest achievements of her.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Charles in 2021. She is survived by her son, Edward Foster (Lynne), daughter Cathy Foster Smith (Scott), and stepchildren, Steve Kinney (Lisa), Cindy Kinney, Diane Thelander (David ), Marianne Allen (Peter), Carolyn Chai, and Mark Kinney (Ashley), her 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
And finally, for those of you who have kindly taken the time to read this, Diane discovered a beautifully embroidered sampler which quotes a speech by Queen Elizabeth II (1952) that defines Diane’s essence:
“Above all, you must keep alive that courageous spirit of adventure that is the finest quality of youth; and by youth I do not mean those who are young in years, I mean, too those who are young in heart, no matter how old they may be.”
Posted online on April 07, 2022
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal