Dianne Stone Milhollin entered into heaven on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. She is now at peace and in her new home with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and her mom and dad, Ruby and Harry Stone, and countless generations of committed Christians.
Dianne overcame many disabilities and obstacles throughout her life. Diagnosed at age 10 with type 1 diabetes, she was told by medical staff that her life expectancy was 25 years. Dianne was 74 at the time of her passing. She achieved her longevity first and foremost by her Christian faith, and secondly by management of her illness.
Dianne lost her sight at age 21 and afterward earned two master’s degrees, one in guidance and counseling, which was her passion and career focus. She worked as a certified rehabilitation counselor at the Idaho Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for 10 years, and with her disabilities she was able to empathize with clients, all of whom had significant disabilities themselves. She then became the director of the Learning Disability Program at the University of Idaho, where she worked for 30 years. During her tenure at the University of Idaho, she was instrumental in coordinating a free transit system for students with disabilities.
She served on the boards of the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI) and the Disability Action Center-Northwest (DAC-NW).
Despite the disabilities she contended with on a daily basis, Dianne focused on helping others. Many lives became better, more productive, and of better quality as a result of Dianne’s efforts.
Dianne said her father used to tell her, “Live every day as if it were your last. And, at the same time, live every day as though you would live to be 100.”
During her tenure at the University of Idaho, she was a recipient of the Rosa Parks Award. In 1974, she was recognized as one of the 10 Outstanding Women of America, as presented by President Gerald Ford.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI).
Dianne is survived by her brother, Raymond Stone of Boise; and her dear friends Lucy Anne, Gina and Helen, and many other friends who loved her dearly.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City, Idaho. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2206 N. Cole Road, in Boise, with committal to follow at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise. Please visit Dianne’s memorial page online at www.bowmanfuneral.com.