Diana Smith Brown passed away at Evergreen Health Hospice Care in Kirkland, WA on October 21, 2022 at the age of 75 years old. She was born in Enumclaw, WA on April 9, 1947 to Rufus and Helen Smith. Rufus and Helen raised her and her older sister, Suzanne Cluett of Seattle, WA, in Enumclaw during their youth. Rufus was a local banking executive and descendent of the prominent early Smith and Hanson Plateau families, while Helen was an active philanthropic and art education promoter on the Plateau.
In her early years, Diana enjoyed visiting the First National Bank of Enumclaw where her father became the President and CEO. She also enjoyed summer adventures throughout the West and Europe with her mother and sister. The joy of constant movement and adventure didn’t stop in her childhood but extended into other exploits later in life. She experienced mountaineering in the Cascades, frequent outings to Long Beach, WA, excursions to the family lake house on Lake Sawyer, a thirst for Ballroom Dancing, and frequent visits to sunny Eastern Washington.
Diana was raised on the Plateau and attended the all-girls school St. Nicholas School in Seattle, WA where she graduated with high marks. After enrolling at Monticello College in Godfrey, IL; she moved back to Bellevue, WA where she studied Ballroom Dancing under the strict tutelage of Ed Long and became his demonstration partner. In her late 20’s she married Michael Brown of District Heights, DC. The couple settled into their first home in Seattle, WA in the late 70’s and started their family. After having their first two children the couple moved back to Enumclaw in the early 80’s where they enjoyed the birth of two more children. Diana raised her family on the Plateau where her children attended Kibler, JJ Smith (named after her grandfather), Southwood and Enumclaw High School. She dedicated her life to raising her children in the Christian faith while attending St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Enumclaw.
Diana is most remembered for being a kindhearted, compassionate, considerate, friendly, funny and loving Christian woman. She lived her life in ways that were the envy of the most accomplished. She was a daughter, friend, wife, mother, grandmother and confidant. In the most descriptive way, she would be considered a “home for your tired days.” A safe harbor from the storms of life. A compassionate and trusted counselor at life’s crossroads. An inquisitive and quiet observer of life’s joys, sorrows and surprises. A resolute and principled woman with a quick-witted and, at times, sharp sense of humor.
She gave more to this World than she received from it and those that knew her are better for the impact of her spirit. She survived by her children and their spouses Matthew Brown and Kim Brondum of Santa Barbara, CA; Aaron Brown of Redmond, WA; Sarah and Ryan Donnell of Kirkland, WA; Stephen and Susan Brown of Seattle, WA and grandchildren Summer and Lucas Donnell of Kirkland, WA; Miles Brown of Seattle, WA; and Lylah Brown of Santa Barbara, CA.
Diana's funeral service will be held at Weeks' Enumclaw Funeral Home on Saturday, November 5 at 11:00am. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park in Enumclaw directly following Diana's funeral service at 12:30pm.