Diana Hope Hoover (December 19, 1951 - June 28, 2024)

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Diana Hope Hoover
  • December 19, 1951
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  • June 28, 2024

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Diana Hope Hoover, 72, peacefully passed away June 28,2024 at her home in Venice, Florida.  She was born on December 19,1951 in Richmond, VA.  She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph “Monk” and Lillian G. Hoover, and her brother and his wife George M. and Ruby D. Hoover. Leaving to cherish her memory is her wife of 42 years, Rebecca “Becky” Darden Lee and her brother’s children, Susan Palmer and Kristin (James) Richardson and their families; her mother-in-law, Martha C. Lee, sisters-in-law, Kathy (Tom) Queen, Natalie (Drew) Coronas, and Marti (Brian) Scott and their families.

Diana grew up in Richmond, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1969 and Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973 with a degree in Recreational Therapy. Her first career was with the Virginia Correctional Center for Women, where she served as Recreation Director. She retired from the US Postal Service. She and Becky moved to Florida in 2020.

Diana had a zest for life which was reflected in her many home renovations and decorating projects and all things “DIY.” She did not live in a beige world but a world of color and movement. As a stained-glass artisan she expressed her world through her works. She maintained and cherished many life-long friendships. Some of her most special times were spent  at the “Rivah,” combing for shark’s teeth on Venice beach, and loving on her pets. Those who knew her would describe her as a force. When she wanted something, she worked hard  to make it happen. When she was faced with a challenge, she critically thought it through until she arrived at an appropriate conclusion.

While living in Richmond she worshipped and served as Senior Warden of the Vestry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. In Florida, she continued to attended weekly services there via ZOOM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 520 Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220 for their ZOOM ministry.

A memorial service will be held in Richmond, VA at St. Mark’s Episcopal, her home church, at a  date to be determined.

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  1. Bill and John lit a candle:
    08 Jul 2024
    Lit since July 8, 2024 at 7:12:34 AM

  2. Lucia says:
    07 Jul 2024
    I will miss Aunt D so much. I have so many fond memories of visiting her and Aunt B’s house in Richmond, playing with her dogs, and staying up late drinking Mountain Dew and watching movies. I remember the first time Aunt D brought me into her workshop and I felt so honored to be invited into this space of creativity. Her passion for art and for life will drive and inspire me to try and make the world a more colorful place.

  3. Lucia lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2024
    Lit since July 7, 2024 at 7:58:13 PM

  4. Rita lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2024
    Lit since July 7, 2024 at 7:06:30 PM

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    07 Jul 2024
    Lit since July 7, 2024 at 7:05:41 PM

  6. Mary Eovino says:
    07 Jul 2024
    It's hard to comprehend our world without Aunt Di here. She's been our family and in the fabric of that--holidays, parties, cookouts, graduations, weddings, baby showers, funerals--all the laughter and the tears. She left me with so much but I think one of her greatest gifts to me was her showing me what it means to be a feminist and what it means to truly love and support women. I still have my dog eared copy of "Our Bodies, Our Selves" book that she and Aunt B gave me when I graduated from college. She and Becky have modeled a love story that is only second to my parents. I promise to honor her in so many ways but especially in the continued fight for LGBTQ awareness and acceptance and rights. Diane was literally and figuratively a rainbow--from her fashions, to her colorful stories and jokes, to her beautiful stain glass works and studio, to her house decorations, to the way she loved Becky. Keep sending us rainbows, Aunt D and we'll meet you on the other side. Love is love is love.

  7. Kathy & Tom Queen says:
    03 Jul 2024
    Diana "Di" was legally our sister-in-law; however, we called her our sister- in- love. She was smart as a whip, quick witted, multi- talented, wickedly creative, generous to a fault, crazy funny, very opinionated, chic dresser, and a devoted friend to us. She was also a Christian woman whose faith inspired us and others. Her Christian example was evident in her everyday living. Her cup ran over with love for her family, friends, and fur babies. When we first met her, we thought she was a “tough” cookie, but as we grew to know her, we found out that her exterior surrounded a body of caring, compassion and a heart of gold. We will miss her greatly and we are eternally grateful that we walked the path of life together.

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