Diane Marie (Collins) Farrell, 74, passed peacefully on Feb. 27, 2020, in Overland Park, Kansas.


A visitation and prayer will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Wilson’s Funeral Home (607 Main St, Wellsville). Coffee and cake to follow at Chili Jacks across the street. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Friends of Wellsville City Library in care of Wilson’s Funeral Home, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.


Diane was born Oct. 31, 1945, to Evelyn & Don Collins in Ottawa, Kansas.


In 1963, Diane married Raymond Farrell, of Wellsville, Kansas.


Diane was an outstanding cook, who made legendary fried chicken and buttermilk chocolate cake. Diane loved the old gospel of Odetta and Mahalia Jackson, as well as an array of contemporary music ranging from that of Pavarotti, Tom Waits to Amy Winehouse. She loved being home, drinking coffee, her dogs and ‘grand’ dogs, reading, traveling, especially Yellowstone, and watching shows with her husband. Her quiet, soft-spoken manner was deeply contrasted by her wry wit. She will be missed for her humor and companionship.


Diane is survived by her husband, Ray; and their three children; Jeff, Jenel (Nick Schroeppel) and Lora, as well as her sister, Kathleen (Kitty) Huston (Paul), her step-brother, Jim.


She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary (Fitzpatrick). Diane is loved and will be missed by her immediate and large extended family.


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