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Diana Rosemary Sumner
November 5, 1941 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
Diana Rosemary Sumner, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2023, at the age of 82, surrounded by her loving family in
Diana was born on November 5, 1941, in Chicago, IL, the third child of Elio and Maria Scrignar, immigrants from northern
Italy. In the mid 1940’s the family, including brother Chet and sister Doris relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where brother Al was
born. Diana attended Phoenix Union High School, where she was a member of the pom line and met the love of her life, Oren
“Mike” Sumner. While Mike served in the Navy, Diana attended Phoenix College and was later admitted to Arizona State
University, intending to pursue a degree in early education. Following Mike’s discharge from the Navy, the couple were married
on April 11 th , 1964 and made a home in Phoenix where Mike began a 31 year career at Mountain Bell and Diana worked at
Motorola until the birth of their son Michael. They were married for almost 46 years until Mike’s passing in 2010.
Diana and Mike shared a passion for enjoying the outdoors and exploring new places. As newlyweds they drove their 1965
Mustang convertible to Mexico City and they took countless family camping trips to the White Mountains of Arizona, the various
beaches near Rocky Point Mexico and to several western states. They enjoyed boating and fishing together, played on
competitive volleyball teams, but most of all, enjoyed spending time at Playa Encanto.
Diana had a profound passion for dance, music, animals and early childhood education. She served as a teacher's aid at Cave
Creek Elementary and dedicated many hours teaching religious education courses for St. Joseph’s Parish in Phoenix. For several
years Diana conducted volunteer fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society, eventually serving as an area lead. She
also volunteered many hours assisting special needs children. Her bulging mailbox served as a testament to her support of
various charitable organizations, especially those addressing child and animal welfare.
Diana’s love for her family knew no bounds – she cherished time with nieces and nephews and grandchildren, adored her dogs
and cats, found joy in sewing, and had a special fondness for beach combing during long walks at low tide.
Diana is survived by her only child, Michael Sumner, her daughter in law, Jenifer Sumner, her brother Al Scrignar, her sister in
laws Mary Scrignar, Judy King, and Judi Scrignar, grandchildren Wade and Kate Sumner, her nieces Traci Sumner, Brenda
Sumner and Sarah Marques, in addition to her nephews Jon Sumner, and Aaron Scrignar as well as grandnephews/nieces Tom
Pelka, CJ Redfern, Jasmine and Heather Sumner, and Elyo and Alamea Marques.
Diana’s legacy lives on through the memories she created with her family and the impact she made in the lives of those around
her. The family extends deep gratitude to the dedicated team at Southwest Palliative Care and staff at River Valley Estates for
the commitment to Diana’s care and comfort. May her soul rest in eternal peace.