December 14, 1949 – October 24, 2023
Diana Penn was born on December 14, 1949, in the small town of Opelousas, La. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Loyton Butler and Mrs. Anniebel Butler and grew up alongside her beloved brothers and sisters Raymond Butler, Saydelese Bell, the late Barbara Robinson and the late Michael Bell.
Throughout her life, Diana exemplified unwavering love and dedication to her family. She married the love of her life, the late Henry Frank Penn, and together they built a beautiful life filled with love and joy. Diana was a devoted wife, always standing by her husband’s side through thick and thin.
As a mother, Diana (Mom) was a shining example of love and support. Her sons, Maurice and Marcell, were the center of her world, and she poured her heart and soul into raising them. She instilled in them the values of kindness, compassion, and hard work, which they carry with them to this day.
Diana’s love extended beyond her immediate family. She was a rock for her extended family, always there to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. Her caring nature touched the lives of many, and she was cherished by all who knew her.
One of Diana’s greatest passions was cooking. She had a talent for creating delicious meals that brought people together. While working for the school system to her friends at work she was known as “Princess Di” due to her fancy ways of cooking and her ever demanding way of keeping everything in its place. At home, her kitchen was always filled with warmth and laughter as she prepared meals for her loved ones. Her recipes will forever be treasured and passed down through generations. She was known by family and friends for her special gumbo that made everyone smile with the flavor.
Diana’s faith was an integral part of her life. She was a truly faithful believer, finding solace and strength in her relationship with God. Her unwavering faith guided her through life’s challenges and inspired those around her.
On October 24, 2023, Diana peacefully passed away in Okmulgee, surrounded by loved ones. While her physical presence may be gone, her spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Diana leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and devotion. Her memory will be cherished by her sons, Maurice and Marcell; her brother and sister; and all her extended family. She will be remembered as a loving wife, a rock of the family, a faithful believer, a great cook, and above all, a caring soul who believed that family meant everything.
May her soul rest in eternal peace, and may her loved ones find comfort in the beautiful memories they shared with her.
A graveside ceremony reflecting upon the life of Diana was held Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 12:30 p.m. at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.