Diane K. Vanderland
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Services for Diane K. Vanderland, 80, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Killeen. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Mrs. Vanderland died Feb. 28, 2018.

She was born Sept. 22, 1937, in New York, N.Y., to Chauncey and Marion Kingsley.

She graduated from Roosevelt High School in New York and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Diane was very active with her church, where she taught junior church, vacation Bible school, youth choirs, Sunday school and sang in choirs, as well as being an Army chaplain’s wife. She was chairwoman for 32 chapters of Protestant Women of the Chapel and organized a retreat for her chapters with Dale Evans Rogers as speaker.

Diane enjoyed square dancing with the Killeen Kickers, classical modern dance, reading, singing, bird watching, feeding wild animals and walking her dogs. She was a Metroplex Hospital Volunteer for the emergency department.

Throughout Diane’s life, she held many positions: Copperas Cove assistant librarian, Salvation Army caring for seniors in Alaska, promotion clerk for Fort Hood Headquarters Company, DOD housing secretary for Oakdale, Pa., School of Nursing, administrative secretary at Blessing Hospital, Illinois, and Downtown Baptist Hospital, San Antonio. She retired to care for her ailing mother.

Diane married the love of her life E.C. “Van” Vanderland at West Center Congregational Church in Bronxville, N.Y., in 1958 and to this union they were blessed with three children.

She will forever be remembered for her gentle smile.

She is preceded in death by her parents Chauncey and Marion Kingsley and her sister, Joan.

Survivors include her husband, Van; daughters Sandra L. and Randy T. Hudson of Harker Heights, Marian A. and Michael C. Lowther of Seminole, Fla, and son William Sidney and Laurel of Midland, TX; grandchildren; Kathryn and Cory Vanderland-Rice, William Ryan and Leslie Vanderland, Kristyn Vanderland, Kelsey R. and Ethan Elliot, Tyler R. Hudson, Joel K. and Caitlyn Lowther, Amy D. Lowther and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Killeen Building Fund.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Killeen. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen is in charge of arrangements.

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