Diana Thelma Anderson
March 8, 2014
A proud native Washingtonian, Diana T. Anderson, passed away on March 8, 2014 at Inova Fairfax hospital surrounded by her four beloved children: Gina Nisbeth (Arthur) of New Jersey, Stefan Vale of Florida, Lisa McPhaul of Virginia, and Leonard Pace (Sabra) of Washington, DC. She is survived by four grand children: Kyle Simone Nisbeth, Arthur Nisbeth III, Daniel Vale and Ariana Vale; two sisters: Michele Anderson and Lori Cloud; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Born on May 18, 1945 to Yvonne Perry and Leon M. Anderson (predeceased), Diana graduated from McKinley Technical high school in 1963 and attended DC Teachers College, majoring in Education. She worked for General Electric as a Communications Specialist until she relocated to New York in 1982. She remained there until 2009, when she retired from Bellevue Hospital Center to Alexandria, VA.
While in New York, Diana spent many years in administration and human resource management. She delighted in participating in the vibrancy of New York City life and enjoyed the city's politics, culture and entertainment. She campaigned for and met a number of local public officials. Prior to leaving New York, she was chosen to appear in the film, The Interpreter. Once in Alexandria, Diana wrote for her tenant association newsletter, campaigned for Barack Obama and organized senior events. And, she was a member of the Red Hatters.
Over her life, she was known as a fierce advocate for many worthy causes including AIDs awareness, improving public education, woman's rights and sexual abuse awareness. She had a thirst for learning and a commitment to protecting those who were vulnerable. A gathering of family and friends will be held on her birthday, May 18, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the RAINNmaker campaign created in Diana's memory.