Diana Jane Denman East (17 Jun 1952 - 29 Jan 2017)

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Location
South Leicestershire Crematorium Foston Road Countesthorpe LE8 5QP
Date
16th Feb 2017
Time
11am
Funeral Director
Richard Ward Funeral Services Ltd

In loving memory of Diana Jane Denman East who sadly passed away on 29th January 2017. Diana was Born 17th June 1952, Leicester, England.

After working for over twenty years as a freelance jewellery designer/maker she turned to working in glass in 1994. Di fell in love with glass, finding it a wonderful medium for personal expression. She particularly liked to help to introduce other people to glass through teaching the technique of flame work. Over the years Di taught in many countries India, Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, New Zealand and USA as well as the united Kingdom, eventually setting up a large teaching studio at her home in Enderby, Leciester, where she taught for many years, hosting courses and workshops with many internationally renowned teachers. Many of us look back with very happy memories of days spent at the Old Dairy with Di and her husband Dave.

Di was often bothered by bouts of ill health - including an initial diagnosis of breast cancer about ten years ago, which she succesfully defeated. Unfortunately the cancer returned a few years later, but Di bravely carried on regardless, until eventually and very sadly succumbing to the illness in January.

Many of us who were fortunate to know Di will remember her warmth, optimism and generosity. Di forged many, many friendships throughout the world from the Glass community but also from her many other interests. Di was a real "Renaissance Woman" having interests as diverse as Calligraphy, Watercolours, Music, Knitting, Dolls House renovating, and so many other interests. Above all she was a real lover of life - enjoying spending her time with her granddaughter Molly, and watching the Swifts building their nests outside the window.

Here is her online obituary - where we wish to celebrate her life and remember a truly remarkable lady.

Jim Huckfield donated £20 in memory of Diana

With all of your wonderful achievements I look forward to seeing a "Beady Way" among the stars . R.I.P.

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Hazel Crompton donated £10 in memory of Diana

Rembering a truly beautiful lady, who inspired me very much. Lots of love, rest in peace xxx

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Virginia Rees donated £10 in memory of Diana

Diana you touched so many of our glassy lives, including mine. A truly inspirational lady with a generous and kind heart. You will be sadly missed but never forgotten. xxxx

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Helen Gorick donated £10 in memory of Diana

In memory of a gifted yet very humble lady x

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Sue Woolhouse donated £30 in memory of Diana

In memory of Diana, such a lovely person and fantastic artist.

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Julia Jeffree donated £20 in memory of Diana

Di was a lovely lady and a wonderful teacher. I will treasure the memories of time spent in her studio. My condolences to Dave and family.

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Joy Helyer donated £20 in memory of Diana

Di you were and still are an inspiration to so many. Joy and Lisa

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Rozelle Faulkner wrote

Di's generosity and love of life were such an inspiration. The world has lost a truly wondrful woman.

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Claire Morris donated in memory of Diana

Di inspired me so very much, both as an artist and as a person. I will miss her terribly :-(

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What a lovely day this was Di. Miss you so much already. Xx

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Emma Green donated £20 in memory of Diana

I will miss your hugs, your beautiful welcoming smile and your friendship more than words can say.

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This hangs in my studio and is a fantastic memory of this epiphanic workshop that was my first time learning from this amazing team of glass artists, including Di. I was fortunate to visit the Dairy a couple of times to share stories and process. Love R

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Sally Carver donated £30 in memory of Diana

Dear Diana, Gone way too soon. It's still hard to believe. Deepest condolences to Dave, Lucy, Molly and the family. All our love - Sally, Adam and Emily xxx

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