June 21, 1952 - February 21, 2018 - Diane Kathleen Giles, 65, of Prineville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21 at her home.

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Diane GilesDiane Kathleen Giles, 65, of Prineville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21 at her home. There will be a service on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at the Prineville Christian Church, 1685 SE Lynn Blvd. Pastor Dan Parks will officiate. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

Diane was born June 21, 1952, to Dennis and Marilyn (Graf) Bixby in Richland, Washington. She graduated valedictorian from Newberg High School in 1970 and then received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from University of Oregon in 1974.

She spent her career as a nurse, working for St. Vincent Hospital – Portland, Newberg Community Hospital, Pioneer Memorial Hospital/St. Charles Hospital, as well as Managed Newberg Physical Therapy with her husband, Roger. In addition to her work in the health industry, Diane was part owner of Cirrus Aviation in McMinnville for a number of years, leading her to earn her pilot's license at the age of 50.

She partook in a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, cross-stitch and baking with her children and grandchildren.

Diane was passionate about missions and took every opportunity to travel, serving in Haiti and Kenya, as well as supporting SMART Reading, Oregon Camp Cherith, Rotary International and her local church. A strong woman who lived her faith daily, Diane was voraciously curious, disciplined and competent in everything she endeavored to do, and deeply committed to loving her family. Every gift and talent she was given or developed, she used for the benefit of those around her. Even as she faced the presence of a brain tumor in her final months, she did so with the same courage and purpose she had lived her entire life; treating every moment as precious, living and loving without regret.

She is survived by her co-pilot and husband of 40 years, Roger Giles; two daughters, Paula (Julio) Martinez and Megan (Kenny) Rutledge; mother, Marilyn Bixby; sisters, Joanne Gulley and Carol Bixby-McDonald; step-daughters, Keri Doty and Becky (Clint) Gash; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her legacy of service and love will live in those she left behind.

Diane was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Bixby.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wendy's Wish through Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 3168 NE Third St., Prineville, OR 97754, 541-416-9733.

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