Diane M. Downey

Diane M. Downey

February 4, 1955 – January 9, 2020


Preceded in death by father, Robert Downey; and brothers, Robert Downey, Jr. and Bill Downey.  Survived by mother, Marilyn Downey; sister, Lynn Gregory; life partner, Lynn “Bo” Boden and his children, Molly Winquist and Eric Boden; grandchildren, Milly, Lorelai and Genevieve Winquist; and beloved dog, Teddy.

VISITATION: Friday, January 17th from 12 noon to 2pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by a CELEBRATION OF LIFE at 2pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Education Savings and Trust 529 for the benefit of the Winquist Children.



  • Jane Galvin Posted January 12, 2020 6:06 pm

    I love you Diane. Will miss you and your laughter. Blessings to you. Love Janie

  • Jolene Rustin McDonald Posted January 13, 2020 11:04 am

    Marilyn and Lynn,,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I got to know Diane best while going to college with her at Clarinda. Such a zest for life and I’m hoping she never lost that zest.
    It seems some families go through so much in this life on earth, and you are one of those who have had more than your share of sad, difficult days. Please know I’m thinking of you and pray for comfort for the todays, strength for the tomorrows and peace in the future. May happy memories bring a smile, perhaps even a giggle, to your heart even as a tear dampens your cheek. Sending warm, loving hugs and deepest sympathy.

  • Marthann Kohl-Fuhs Posted January 13, 2020 4:17 pm

    Rest In Peace to my classmate and friend.

  • Carolyn Diamond Posted January 13, 2020 5:35 pm

    So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. She was such a fun loving person I always enjoyed meeting with her in my office while we worked on her taxes.

  • Randy Argotsinger Posted January 14, 2020 8:56 am

    II am so sad for the loss of Diane. She was an awesome person. I loved her smile and her incredible laugh. She had a wonderful personality. She was liked and loved by everyone she came in contact with. My biggest regret is that I did not stay in touch with her. But I never forgot her and never will. She was so kind. She will be missed by all who knew her. I am so sorry for you Marilyn and Lynn. May God bless you and once again give you the strength, understanding and faith to get through this difficult time. Take care.

  • Jean English Posted January 14, 2020 7:19 pm

    Bo — so sorry to hear of this. Such a sweet person. May she rest in peace, God bless.

  • Roland Weis Posted January 15, 2020 3:09 pm

    So sorry for your loss.Dianewas a fun person and always had time for everyone.

  • Nancy Wackerhagen Posted January 15, 2020 7:33 pm

    Diane was one in a million, a truly good hearted , fun loving with an infectious laughter person. I will truly miss my friend! My deepest condolences to Bo, Marilyn , Lynn & entire family.

  • Bernie Venditte Posted January 16, 2020 12:22 am

    Eric- Sorry for your loss. Hang in there brother.


  • Rita Taylor Posted January 16, 2020 3:10 am

    I’m so sorry Lynn and Marylin, I only had the pleasure of meeting Diane once or twice and I loved her banter with you and she loved discussing the Scottish connection with me, but I can’t imagine how your mum is coping, she’s had to endure so much losing her children and you were always so close to Diane, no matter the miles that separated you both. Cherish the lovely times you shared and know you’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lynn Prosser Posted January 16, 2020 6:11 am

    I have very sorry for your loss. Diane was a funny loving person. She took great care of my father while he was at Select she could always make him smile, even if my dad was having a bad day. She will be missed.

  • Diana Melby Posted January 16, 2020 11:57 am

    Lynn and Marilyn, so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of Diane in high school. We played basketball and softball together. In the summer walked bean fields. She was always smiling and had everyone laughing. Prayers to you.

  • Karen Winquist Posted January 16, 2020 12:26 pm

    To Molly and John and kids I didn’t know Diane but she sounds like she was a pretty great lady. I am so sorry for your loss. Also Molly let your dad know I am sorry for his loss.

  • Helen Skinner Posted January 16, 2020 3:35 pm

    Oh our sweet Diane. She filled our hearts with fun and laughter. I felt I could always confide in her. She gave a straight shooting answer..and she was generally always right. She took me under her wing in 1979…and still felt she needed to protect me in later years. You loved all your patients and their families. So compassionate and loving…
    You will be sadly missed by everyone who ever knew you. But your memory lives in each of us forever…we loved you Diane!

  • Pam Pollock Posted January 16, 2020 3:42 pm

    Lynn and Marilyn, it is with a heavy heart I send you my love and prayers. I will always remember the fun we had and Diane’s beautiful smile and sense of humor. All my love

  • Peter Wentzler Posted January 16, 2020 7:41 pm

    Everyone at Shucks will miss your laughter and spunk. Make sure to char some wings extra for you tonight.

  • Kristy Pauly Posted January 17, 2020 3:12 pm

    Bo and the family of Diane,
    My deepest sympathies go out to all of you.
    Cherish the memories.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Sheila Kennedy Grell Posted January 17, 2020 4:47 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Diane was an amazing woman with the ability to make everyone laugh. She was the rare soul who lived in the moment and enjoyed life.

  • Kristen Koneck Posted January 19, 2020 7:48 am

    Although I didnt know Diane personally, I will forever remember her. I wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to the family.
    I have been praying since that day and pray that her spirit is now at peace.

  • Dianne Kelley Book Posted February 28, 2020 8:38 pm

    I still think of Diane frequently. I am so sorry for your loss. She was genuine– her smile could melt butter and her fun personality contagious. I remember how we used to get in trouble in study hall due to our talking and laughing. Mr. Hummel and Mr. Kloster didn’t find humor in our( innocent?) behavior. It just made us misbehave more! I hope to reconnect with her beautiful soul one day.

  • Kim Emerson Posted October 9, 2022 12:20 pm

    So very sorry to hear this.

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