Diane Elton, age 86, of Lynd, Minnesota, died on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, Minnesota. Memorial Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2022, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Marshall. Following a reception, interment will be in the Lynd City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. The evening will conclude with a Memory Share at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will then continue one hour prior to the service, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, at the church.
Diane Lou Turcotte was born on May 4, 1936, in Trenton, North Dakota, to parents Robert and Emma (Slater) Turcotte. She attended Trenton School through the 8th grade. Diane then began working as a waitress at a truck stop restaurant. It was there that she met the love of her life, LeRoy Elton. On August 26, 1953, the couple was united in marriage in Williston. After a couple years they followed family to Lynd, Minnesota. Diane was proud to earn her GED in 1987, years after she began working as a Nurse’s Aide. Diane was an Avon Lady for many years. Diane spent over 36 years in various nursing roles rounding out her long career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. During her many years of care, Diane was blessed to help bring many of her 17 grandchildren into this world. After retiring, her love of nursing lived on as she worked as a Parish Nurse.
Diane’s faith was important to her as a member of Albright and then Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Marshall. She was active with the United Methodist Women (now United Women in Faith) and volunteered in many other areas benefiting her church home. Diane and LeRoy also participated in many bowling leagues over the years and her other enjoyments in life included playing cards at the Adult Community Center and Bingo. Diane was an avid collector of teapots, and she had a love for crocheting, needlepoint embroidery and weekends at the lake. Diane created many beautiful baptismal outfits and wedding cakes for local family members and friends.
Diane Lou Elton died on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, just 15 days following her 86th birthday.
Diane is survived by her 5 children, Dianna Elton-Whingelby (and Paul) of Lynd, Robert Wayne Elton (and Karin) of Lynd, Roxie Elton-Freeman of Caldwell, ID, Laurie Ann Elton-Clark (and Dan) of Ruthton, LeRoy Elton Jr. (and Trudy) of Arco; 17 grandchildren, Scott Kurvers, Robert T. Elton, Lance Elton, Adrian Kjorness, Jacob Elton, Vanessa Elton, Cheyenne Elton, Ryan Kueffler, Matthew Kueffler, Amy Moore, Melissa Greenwood, Samantha Laleman, Kimberly Baartman, Tucker Elton, Triston Elton, Gabriel Elton, Garrett Elton; 22 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Ted Turcotte of Trenton, ND; sister, Connie Lynch of Trenton, ND; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Emma Turcotte; husband, LeRoy Elton; daughter, Nancy Gale Ramert; granddaughter, Jody Diane Turcotte; great-grandson, Payton Austin Kueffler; son-in-law, Danny Freeman; 4 sisters and 3 brothers.