After a courageous two-year battle with cancer, Diana Paddock passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. While her time here on Earth was cut short, Diana spent every moment of the years she had here sharing her kind and loving heart with everyone she met.
Diana was perhaps known most fondly as “mom” or “Grandma Di.” She dedicated her life to raising four daughters and spoiling her five grandchildren as often as she had the chance. She was her daughters’ loudest cheer-leader, fiercest advocate, and most loving supporter and her grandchildren’s favorite adventure buddy, greatest encourager, and most loyal friend.
In the time she wasn’t parenting her four strong- willed daughters and playing with her young grandchildren, Diana was a devoted and loving wife to her husband, soulmate, and best friend, Eric. Diana was Eric’s travel partner through their worldly adventures as much as she was his sous chef in the kitchen. She adored each moment they spent together at home and abroad, but especially the ones when their dog, Cooper could come along for the ride.
Diana was a champion of causes as much as she was the people she loved. From the countless hours she in-vested in sharing messages of understanding and com-passion through Warren’s Let’s Talk About It campaign, to her service as a member of the Board of Directors for Warren County’s American Cancer Society, to her years sharing endless compassion as a volunteer for Hospice of Warren County, Diana gave of herself lovingly and unconditionally.
Throughout her life, Diana tirelessly pursued her passion for learning. Even with young children at home, Diana earned her associate’s degree from Jamestown Community College, graduating with honors. Diana later went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership from Pennsylvania State University, again graduating with honors.
An award-winning journalist, Diana’s career began at the Warren Times Ob-server where she spent 30 years serving and supporting the Warren community. After graduating from Penn State, Diana joined “Team LCPS” as an employee of Louisa County Public Schools in Louisa, Va. Being a member of Team LCPS was Diana’s professional dreams come true and brought joy to her life every day. She will be remembered fondly by all those with whom she had the honor of working alongside there.
Diana’s memory will live on in the hearts and minds of the countless people whose lives she touched– specifically her husband, Eric Pad-dock; her daughters: Melissa Treacy (and husband, James Treacy), Allison Hodell (and husband, Christopher Hodell), Hillary Anderson (and husband, Geoffrey Wills), and Sabrina Anderson; her stepdaughter, Amy Paddock; her beloved grandchildren Seamus Treacy, Alora Treacy, Jacob Hodell, Luke Hodell, and Collin Hodell; her mother, Shirley Hoden; her brothers: Dan Cole and Timothy Hoden (and wife, Amanda Jo Moore).
Services to be held in Warren, Pa., and in Louisa, Va., will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Diana’s name to Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville, Va. or Hospice of Warren County in Warren, Pa. or Paws Along the River Humane Society in Warren, Pa., or a charity of your choice.