Diane Brown

Obituary of Diane Brown

Diane Brown, a long-time Canby resident, died on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Rackleff Place Assisted Living in Canby, Oregon, at the age of 91. 

Diane was born Beatrice Diane Kussman to Jack and Elsie Kussman in San Pedro, California, on March 23, 1930.  With her parents and older sister, the family moved to Astoria, Oregon, where Diane spent her childhood and graduated from Astoria High School in 1948.  She met her future husband at a young adults' group at St. Mary, Star of the Sea.  They were married in Astoria, Oregon, on February 13, 1952.  Dick and Diane were happily married for 56 years before Dick’s passing on September 24, 2008.

Diane and Dick moved to Canby, Oregon, in 1961, raising their three children while serving as active members of the Canby community and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  Diane was an avid swimmer, volunteered as a swimming instructor, and was a member of the citizen committee that advocated for the construction of the Canby Community Swimming Pool, now known as the Canby Swim Center. She worked for US Bank until the early 1990’s, when she joined her husband in retirement. Both Diane and Dick were devoted supporters of the Canby Rotary Club and the promotion of public education in Canby. During retirement, Diane enjoyed traveling, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, picking up new hobbies (quilting, puzzles, and learning Spanish), and advocating for the community arts by serving for many years on the Community Concert Committee.

Diane is survived by her sister, Jackie Frazier, daughter Marian Pagano (Ken), sons Dan (Pam), and Charlie (Nicole) Brown, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.  Shortly before her death, Diane suffered the loss of her grandson, Damian Pagano.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canby Rotary’s Dick Brown Scholarship Fund.  Donations can be made to:

            Canby Rotary Dick Brown Scholarship Fund

            c/o Cornerstone Wealth Management

            486 NW 2nd Ave.

            Canby, OR  97013


Due to COVID-19 pandemic considerations, the Catholic Funeral Mass and Graveside Service for Diane will be for family only.  The family plans to have a Memorial Mass for Diane when COVID-19 pandemic precautions are relaxed.

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