Diane Burdette, 67, Colome, passed away on Feb. 23 at Winner Regional Health.
Funeral service was held on Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Cavalry Chapel, south of Colome. Burial followed in the Colome city cemetery.
Diane Kay Burdette was born on April 12, 1952 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Sullivan, Ind., to Benjamin and Blanche Matousek. Diane was the third of four children.
In 1954 she moved with her family to a farm 5 miles south of Colome, SD. Growing up on the farm Diane developed a fondness for animals.
She enjoyed picking wild flowers and playing with her sister and brothers.
Diane attended a one room country school not far from their farm for two years, until it closed. From there she attended the Colome Public School.
During her school years Diane enjoyed singing in the choir, spending time with her family and friends, helping around the house, milking cows, and other farm chores.
During Diane’s childhood her family would often travel back to Sullivan Ind., to visit their close friends the Burdette’s. In May of 1978 Diane reunited with long-time friend Robert Ray Burdette.
After a year of courtship Diane and Robert were married at the Tripp County Courthouse on May 29, 1979. After their wedding Diane and Robert lived on the farm with Diane’s mother Blanche.
Diane enjoyed riding along with Robert in the semi, going dancing, playing cards with friends, and listening to music.
While living on the farm they had two children, Robert III and Mary.
In 1986 Robert and Diane moved from the farm to a home in Colome, SD with their two children and mother Blanche. In 1988 Diane got a job working at the Winner Nursing Home doing housekeeping.
In 1990 Robert and Diane bought their current home in Colome where they would live and raise their family. There they had one more child, Jonathan.
Diane enjoyed raising her family and taking family trips to different areas of the country. Diane enjoyed the Christmas season always making it a special time.
Diane continued working at the Winner Nursing Home for over 30 years until her health finally would not allow.
She always enjoyed being around and visiting with the residents.
During this time Diane watched her family grow. She was able to see her children get married and grandchildren born.
She often spent time with their families. Memories they will cherish forever.
In 2018 Diane was diagnosed with colon cancer which she battled for 2 long years.
Robert became her caregiver as her health declined and provided her loving care until she passed away on Feb. 23 at the age of 67 years at Winner Regional Hospital.
Diane and Robert were married 40 years.
Family was the most important thing to Diane. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Whether it be sharing a family meal, reading to her grandchildren, playing games, or visiting on the phone. Diane was a kind hearted, hard-working, loving mother, devoted wife, and caring friend.
“Diane was loved by many and will be dearly missed.”
Diane is survived by her husband, Robert, their 3 children: Robert Burdette of Colome, SD, Mary (Ray) Stevicks of Burke, SD, Jonathan (Aspen) Burdette of Winner, SD. Grandchildren; Ray, John, Katherine, Ben, Joseph, Rebecca, David, and Sarah Stevicks. Keegen, Kamden and Karter Burdette.
Taylor and Tyler Chasing Hawk. And several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, brothers; Bob Matousek and Gary Matousek, and sister Judy Bender.