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Diane Kaye Eman, 81, of Traverse City peacefully passed on November 30, 2023.

She was born on December 30, 1941 in Pasadena California to Louis Edward Eman and Ruby Loretta Eman (Grace).

Her favorite job was at the Park Place Hotel. She loved being an event coordinator. Some of her favorite events were REO Speedwagon and the Governors Convention. She had lots of fun and interesting stories from her time there. She also worked for Rupp and Keen Real Estate as well as the Estée Lauder counter at Younker’s.

Diane’s most treasured memories are spending time with all of her family and friends. She loved hosting holiday dinners for her kids and grandkids. She shared her love for cooking and baking with those around her. Diane enjoyed canning tomatoes and ice cream for breakfast. Her kids remember her spending time outdoors, fishing and skiing. Another thing Diane loved to do was participate in the Rubber Duck Races at the Cherry Festival with her sisters. One thing she will always be remembered for is making the best out of every situation. She always had a positive outlook and was proud of everything her kids and grandkids did.

Diane is survived by her sisters, Linda (Ron) Withers and Carol Jones. Her daughter Deborah Emerick. Sons Richard Emerick, Robert Emerick, Matthew (Karrie) Emerick and Benjamin Eman. Daughter-in-law Jill Emerick and granddaughter-in-law Jessica MacArthur. Grandchildren David Gilbert, Jonathon Gilbert, Alexander Emerick, Jordan Emerick, Abigail (Joshua) Rudisel and Megan Emerick. Lifelong friends Dee Brown and Jan DeWildt, many loved nieces and nephews and her kitty Bella.

She is preceded in death by her parents Louis Edward Eman and Ruby Loretta Eman (Grace).

Diane spent her last days being taken care of by her kids and grandkids. She loved to volunteer her daughter to make dinner and invite the whole family to enjoy the meal with her. She always had a special request for her next homemade meal. She also worked to pass her love for sewing onto her granddaughters.

We will always miss the stories she had to share.

Love You More Grandma to the moon and back.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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