Agnes 'Diane' Haines

Posted: Sunday, February 28, 2010

Juneau resident Agnes "Diane" Haines died peacefully Feb. 13, 2010, with her grandson and his wife by her side at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 86.

Her family and friends described her as a stranger to no one, incredibly generous, loving and full of life.

She enjoyed photography, arranging flowers, gardening, beachcombing, a good picnic and cooking for her family and friends. In her later years, she held Dr. Phil in the highest regard.

She was a dedicated volunteer to Helping Hands, a program committed to making sure that needy Juneau families never go hungry. She also donated her time to the Headstart program at the Juneau Pioneer Home as their in-house grandma and she was a member of the Garden Club for many years.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob Haines; son, Steven Thomas; brothers, Harry and David Kinville; dear friends, J.J Johnson and Chuck Hanson; and her first husband, Elton Thomas.

She is survived by her son, Jeff Thomas; grandson, Bryan Thomas and his wife, Jenny, and their two children, Harbor and Neela; grandson, Brett Thomas and his family; granddaughter, Brianna Thomas; and niece, Ruth Simpson and her husband, Bob Simpson. She was an adopted grandmother to many, including Danielle Byers, Alisa and Bobby Simpson, Tara and Cory Hanson, and Monett Williams.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 5 at the Juneau Pioneer Home. During this time, family and friends are welcome to share stories and memories of Diane.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Juneau Pioneer Home for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Diane's name to the Juneau Pioneer Home Foundation.

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