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Obituary for Lourine M Diamond (Thibadeau)

Lourine M  Diamond (Thibadeau)
Lourine Marie (Thibadeau) Diamond of Dubuque, 93, joined her husband, relatives, and friends at that big party in heaven on Monday, February 10, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 2 pm, Friday, February 14, 2014 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 pm - 8 pm, Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, with a 3:30 pm, scripture service. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Mrs. Diamond was born on the family farm in Delhi, Iowa on July 12, 1920. She was a member of her high school basketball team and played in the state tournament. Her junior year she was named the 4H Most Healthy Girl in Iowa and was awarded a trip to the Iowa State Fair. Lourine was on the Declamatory Team and won first place in the humorous division. She loved acting and was in ten plays. Fun Fact: She could recite the alphabet backwards. Lourine graduated from Delhi High School in 1939. After graduation she stayed at the YWCA in Dubuque and was employed at Diamond's Cafeteria where she met her Prince Charming, Francis, the boss's son and it was love at first sight. During WW II Lourine also worked at Farley & Loetcher while Francis served in the army at Pearl Harbor. Francis and Lourine married on January 14, 1947 and were happily married for 53 years.

Lourine loved to give parties. Every family birthday, holiday, and special occasion was a big event. Lourine knew how to have fun and her guests always had a great time. She baked chocolate birthday cakes for her friends with her secret ingredient, a mashed banana. Lourine and Francis took Arthur Murray dancing and were excellent ballroom dancers. She wrote the most entertaining Christmas letters for more than 50 years and had two articles published in Julien's Journal. She corresponded on her laptop through e-mail. Lourine made her weekly visit to Hallmark and sent cards to all her friends for every occasion. She will be remembered for her outrageous laugh which brought a smile to everyone's face.

After Diamond's Cafeteria was sold, they purchased The Glenview Motel where they met many salesmen who became family friends. Later, Lourine was a hostess at Mr. Steak, a hostess a Bishop's Cafeteria, and a greeting card representative at Zayre Department Store. Lourine was a longtime member of the Catholic Mother's Club, a member of St. Columbkille Church and currently, a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and Rosary Society.

Surviving are her two daughters, Darlene (Howard) Steffen of New Vienna, Iowa and Diane Diamond of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Lourine was the proud grandmother of Sarah Diamond Steffen of Weatherford, Oklahoma. Surviving are 6 nieces and nephews and several cousins.

Lourine was preceded in death by her husband Francis on April 26, 2000, her parents Mary (Cavanaugh) and Bert Thibadeau, her sisters Anna Jane Reed and her husband Ray, and Yvonne (Bonnie) Kramer and her husband Leon and her brother Bertrand Thibadeau and his wife Doreen.

The Diamond family would like to thank Mary, her caregiver, for taking such good care of Lourine. Lourine loved to "run" and Mary was so kind to take her wherever she wanted to go. We appreciated all the kind nurses and doctors at Mercy and Finley Hospitals. Thank you to all who took care of Mrs. Diamond at the Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center. She enjoyed the new friends she made there, especially Jane, Dorothy, and Rita whom she ate her meals with each day. A special thanks to her wonderful relatives and friends who made her so happy with their visits when she needed them most. Thank you to Hospice who helped the family through a very difficult time.

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