Diane Shelby was surrounded by her family when she passed away on October 5, 2019, due to complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Born July 23, 1947 to Michael Peter Shelby and Ann Marie Sovil in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Diane grew up on U.S. Air Force bases in Minnesota, Maine, and Missouri. When she was 20, her father was stationed in London, England, where Diane met a handsome serviceman from New York named Nicoll (Nick) Jones Edwards. They married on November 8, 1968 at the West Ruislip Air Station and returned stateside in 1970.
The couple followed the sun to Arizona, where they raised a son and daughter and enjoyed exploring their new home state. After several years in Tempe, the family moved to Flagstaff and built their own house, which Diane brought to life with meticulous interior design and flourishing ornamental gardens. She worked for W.L. Gore and Associates for 27 years, becoming a business analyst before retiring in 2012. In 2015, Nick and Diane moved to Tucson, where she rekindled her lifelong passion for art as a member of the Tucson Pastel Society.
In addition to painting beautiful landscapes, Diane was skilled at a wide range of creative pursuits, including home decor, gardening, needlepoint, sewing, cooking, and photography. She loved being out in nature and found inspiration for her artwork as she explored Arizona's diverse scenery. She particularly liked autumn and seeing fall colors on the aspen trees around Flagstaff and the maples at Ramsey Canyon and the Mogollon Rim.
Diane is survived by her husband Nick Edwards, son Ryan Edwards, daughter Amy Edwards, daughter-in-law Andrea Galyean, brothers Danny Shelby and Michael Shelby, and sister Mary Shelby. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Joseph Shelby.
Services will be private.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, October 27, from 2–6 p.m. at the Tucson Pastel Society, 2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705. All who knew Diane are welcome to stop by to share memories and enjoy a selection of her favorite paintings.
If you would like to make a gift in Diane's memory, please consider a donation to the Tucson Pastel Society c/o 5226 W. Nighthawk Way, Tucson, AZ 85742 or www.tucsonpastelsociety.org.