Diane Elaine Dawson 70 of Central Lake, died December 18, 2021 at Munson Medical Center. She was born April 23, 1951 in Bay City the daughter of Howard and Marcella Buffman.
Diane graduated from Central Lake High School and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1986. She worked for the City of Fairbanks driving a dump truck. She also drove a water truck for Exclusive Paving assisting in paving many of the roads in the Fairbanks area.
In her later years, Diane returned to her hometown to enjoy time with her mother and family in Central Lake. They spent hours going to garage sales, hosting craft classes, and working in their fairy garden. There was always a craft project being worked on, a joke being played on a neighbor, and a smile being shared when Diane was around. Diane also found time for traveling and cooking, two things she also loved to do.
She is survived by he son Charlie Dawson of Fairbanks, AK, her mother Marcella Buffman of Central Lake, longtime companion Pete Brown of Fairbanks, AK, 3 grandsons Dakota (Claire) Dawson of Fairbanks, AK, Austin (Karlee) Dawson of East Jordan, Tegun Dawson of Fairbanks, AK, granddaughter Serena Dawson of Fairbanks, Ak, great grandsons Jonn, Luke, and Walker Dawson, 4 brothers Gary Buffman, Dan Buffman both of Central Lake, Eugene (Cindy) Bloom of Fairbanks, AK, Vic (Gloria) Bloom of Central Lake, and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Howard Buffman, nephews Tim Buffman, Erik Bloom, and Derek Bloom, 2 sisters in law Janice Buffman and Judy Buffman.
Funeral services will take place Thursday, December 30, at 12 Noon at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes with Pastor Russell Tharp officiating. Interment will follow in Southern Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. also at the funeral home and again Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.
To watch her funeral via Zoom:
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Memorial contributions can be given to the Antrim County Animal Shelter, PO BOX 568, Bellaire, MI 49615.
Arrangements are in the care of the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.