of Chelsea, Michigan, age 76, died Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Chelsea Retirement Community in Towsley Village. She was born May 22, 1947, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Bill and Eva (Smith) Kelley.

Dianne attended the University of Michigan where she earned her Masters Degree in Education. She taught for 30+ years as an Elementary Teacher in the Ann Arbor School District, mostly at Logan Elementary and High Point School. She loved all animals, particularly horses and cats, hiking, and adventure. Dianne also enjoyed crafts, basket making, painting, quilting, and traveling. She was a member of the Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

Dianne is survived by her sons, Kevin (Jae Gerhart) Sanchez of Manchester, and Joshua Sanchez of Butte, Montana; her brother, Bill Kelley of Harbor Beach; her sisters, Patricia Bancroft of Tecumseh, and Nancy Chew of Discovery Bay, California; grandchildren, Huemac and Kyrian; five nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; her cats Toby and Merlin; and her dog, Penny. She was preceded in death by her parents. Dianne loved her family very much.

A memorial service was held Friday, February 23, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea. The family received friends from 10 - 11:00 a.m. Burial was at Green Cemetery in Howell. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley or Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary.

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#1 Duane Brown 2024-02-17 22:04
RIP Sweet cousin

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