She moved to El Dorado, Ark., in 1971 where she began a varied and distinguished nursing career that would last almost 30 years. Her never ending energy and desire to help people were perfectly suited for her chosen field.
While nursing took up the majority of her professional life, her sense of adventure brought about careers of sheriff's deputy, cave guide, semi-truck driver and professional fossil excavator.
She returned to nursing when she moved to Eureka Springs in 2006, first working at the hospital then at Eureka Walk-In Clinic. She eventually became a fixture at Nature's Treasures Rock Shop where she enjoyed promoting the wonderful people and places Eureka has to offer. In her words "a place where even broken people fit in."
Diane's kind soul and infectious laughter will be missed by the many people her life touched.
A life celebration for Diane will be held at Cafe Amoré Tuesday, June 19 from 5 -- 7 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.
She is survived by a daughter, Adrienne (Taylor) Catalina of Farmington, Ark.; her parents, Ralph and Lola Bailes of Mountain Home; twin sister Kathy (Gene) Swanson of Clifton, Texas; sister Sandy (James) Hostetler of Denver, Colo.; brother, Michael (Cheryl) Bailes of Burk, Va.; and her soul mate, Todd Hoeg, Eureka Springs.
Graveside services were held at Kirby's Tucker Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Diane's remains were buried alongside her son, Michael Garrett Smith, who preceded her in death.