June 2, 1958 - April 29, 2020
April 29, 2020
June 2, 1958
Diane Marie Harrison, 61, of Sayre (Wilawana) Pennsylvania passed away on April 29 with her loving and beloved husband Jay by her side. She has departed this world on her final travel and will be dearly remembered and missed.
Diane was born June 2, 1958 in Sayre Pa., the daughter of Arthur Joseph Hickey Jr. and Wilma Ann Kelsey Hickey. She was a lifelong resident of “The Valley”.
She was predeceased by her parents and infant grandson Teegan Sessaman.
In addition to her husband John “Jay” Harrison, Diane is survived by her children Andi Arnold (Paul Meyers), Jackie Brown (David), Becki Crane (Gary Lee II), Greg Harrison (Jeramey) and John D. Harrison (Andi). She is also survived by her “Grandbabies”, as she always called them, Tanner Sessaman, Delayne and Mason Crane and Abbie Meyers. Oh, how she loved the “grandbabies”. Diane’s surviving siblings are Ed Hickey (Marie), Mary Ann Harbst (Jim) and Jim Hickey (Dee).
Diane was a hardworking individual all of her life. She was a 1976 graduate of Sayre High School and later Ridley Lowell Business School. In addition to raising her daughters she helped with farm work, was employed by Labarr & Labarr, worked at the IR Foundry and for many years at Liberty Research (later MBR) Waverly.
On August 8, 2008 Diane was married to the love of her life, Jay, at the farmstead of dear friends Kathy and Albert (K&A) Beatty. It was a casual wedding with a Hawaiian theme. Though Diane and Jay had been together two years prior to getting married, this set the stage for continuing their many wonderful adventures.
Diane and Jay shared a love for each other and travel. During their time together they made several trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, different Canadian provinces and many of the states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Diane has been in a total of 47 states. There was a plan to get the final three states this summer.
Some trips were just her and Jay, some with children and some, especially in recent years, with dear friends Kathy and Don Cron. Diane also always looked forward to and enjoyed times at the Thousand Islands, “The River”, with Lisa and Steve Root.
Diane was so full of life and so filled the lives of others. She loved life and there are so many things that she enjoyed that will continue to remind us of her. These will surely include socializing with old and new friends and family and going places by the scenic route (getting lost). She also liked bears, both real wild ones and stuffed toy bears, bling, her bowling league, valued friendships, team trivia, reading, sunshine, warm climates, sand and flip flops. She had a great sense of humor. Included in this was her referring to herself as “The Innocent One”, her playing along with pranks on others and just laughter and good times in general. One more mention of the “grandbabies” seems only right.
There will be no funeral service. A celebration of life event will be arranged at a future date. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Diane’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Penny Wells
What can I say? Diane was an amazing friend for so many years. Always there when needed. Always one to say "what can I do to help"? She will be missed beyond measure. Rest in peace. Fly high my friend. Hugs to the family.
From: Ellen summers
My condolences to family and friends RIP a wonderful lady who I’ve known most my life
From: Denise and spencer
So sorry for your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...
Diane, I will miss your laugh and your complete love for life. While I can't be in New York to be with family and friends, they will be in my thoughts and prayers.
From: nancy meyers
Sending lots of prayers and love to all of you at this so difficult time, god bless you all.
From: Karen Bates
To John and family I am so very sorry for your loss , she will be missed . I’m still in shock over this and it doesn’t seem real. We had so many Wednesday’s at Alligers , so many good laughs. It’s a big loss and we will all miss her. Rest in Paradise Diane.
From: Jane and Mike
So sorry for your loss. Diane was always a fun loving person. We always saw her with a smile. She will be missed by many.
From: Nanette Covey
My prayers and sympathies
From: Ron Jones
My heartfelt condolences go out to Diane's family and Jay. May the many happy memories with Diane comfort you always.
From: Sandy Chamberlain
Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to all of Diane's family. We remember the good times of "hanging out" on Lincoln St. when we were young. We hope your wonderful memories will sustain you during this difficult time. There are never right words to say. Please know how much we care and are so sorry for your loss.
Dave and Sandy
From: Ruth and Fred Coxhead
Awesome lady, will be greatly missed. We did to many crazy things together. Just one was the trip to Florida. Went to the Daytona Race track. Then went to watch Drag racing event before heading back home. Thoughts and prayers for all family and friends.
From: Ellen E Riley
Prayers to Jay, the families, all who loved Diane. I am her cousin Ellen, now from FL. My mother Phyllis Kelsey Etshman had two sisters, Charlene Kelsey Terwilliger and Diane's mom, Wilma. Each of the Kelsey sisters had two girls and two boys, and stayed in the valley. There were the older girls: Bonnie, Karen and Mary Ann, and then we younger cousins: Myself, Nancy Terwilliger Hogan and dear Diane. We inherited a lot of love and humor from the moms, who so loved each other. We spent wonderful times at our grandparents house in Waverly; celebrating Christmas as cousins; play dates at our homes; and a memorable time at my dad's cabin down in Orwell when poor Diane (but no one else) got chased and stung by bees. Of course, she dealt with the pain but laughing. We all went our own ways as we became adults, but thanks to Facebook, we continued to share our joys. I have lived in Florida since the early 80s but was thrilled that twice Diane and Jay made it to see us in Key West. We had a hilarious time one night when we thought we were sharing beers at Sloppy Joe's next to Hugh Hefner and his girls, but realized he was an imposter! I was so glad to reunite and ti hear all about Diane's beloved daughters and grandchildren, and to hear from her and Jay of their many travels. God Bless each of you.
From: Marc & Joan Stroker
So sorry to hear of Diane's passing. We'll always remember her with a smile.
From: Dave & Cornelia Cannavino
Jay and family: So sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace with fond memories of the years you spent together.
From: Buster and Vicki Frisbie
Jay sorry to hear about Diane our thoughts and prayers are with you!
From: Leonard & Beverly Rose
John & Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Diane. When we met Diane last year it already felt like we had known her. She was everything you had told us and so friendly and welcoming.
We are thinking about you and keeping you in our thoughts.
Leonard & Beverly
From: Jennie Chamberlain
Jay I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I never knew Diane but my thoughts are with you and my nephews Greg and John.
From: Jennie Chamberlain
I just learned of Diane's passing. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I'll always think of you as my brother-in-law. You're a good person. I'm glad you had some happiness with Diane. My thoughts are with Greg and John as well. I hope they're doing well.
From: James G. Harris
Was very sorry to hear about a former member of the Class of 1976 SHS Diane Hickey (Harrison) it just seems that it was yesterday when I remember seeing Here at our last Reunion She will be missed my prays and sympathy to the Family.