Diane Lynn Vowell

By October 7, 2014 Obituaries

Diane Lynn Vowell, age 59 of Charleston went to heaven above on October 7, 2014, after a long hard battle with cancer. Diane was the Loving Daughter of Edna Balis and the late Boyd Balis. Loving Mother to Sheena (Travis) Miller, and Jenna (Toby) Smith. Dear Sister to Jim Balis (Marlene Paglia), and Donna (Bob) Archambeau. Dedicated Grandma, “GiGi” to Chesney and Alex Miller. Diane went to Ferris State University and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Dental Assisting. Diane was then persuaded by her dad to obtain a degree in Dental Hygiene at Mott Community College. Diane was a wonderful, caring and respected dental hygienist for 32 years. She was very connected to all her patients which knew her passion for her job, but she often said “being a mom was the best job she ever had”!  She never stopped smiling as she enjoyed, spending time on the lake, sitting on the beach, working in her garden, reading, playing with her grandkids, and rolling around town with her AC on and her windows down!! Diane was an inspiration to all that knew her because of her determination and positive outlook on life. She was a mom, ”Mama V” to many and touched the hearts of everyone around her.

Arrangements are by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services, North Charleston, SC.


  • Sheena says:

    Please leave a comment, memory, or story for us if you would!

    • Tamara Bowman says:

      I had the privilege of knowing Dianne for the last four years of her battle. She was an absolute joy and inspiration. She would light up a room whenever she walked in. I learned so much from her perspective. She loved to share stories about her family, especially her grandchildren. She was so proud of her children and her role as a mother and as “Gi-Gi”. I pray that precious memories provide you with comfort and peace during this difficult time of loss. My life was made better because I knew her.

      Wishing you peace and love,

      • Sheena Miller says:

        Thank you for the kind message it means alot. Mom always talked about you and how much she loved seeing you. She was thrilled to know that you are now a grandma. She was sad when you changed departments and she didn’t see you anymore. You sure brought her light! Thank you for talking great care of her and listening to her over the years! It ment alot when you last stopped to see her while she was in the hospital. She told me as soon as I saw her that day :). We appreciate your recommendation for hospice as well. Take care.
        Sheena Miller (Dr. John’s neighbor) 🙂

  • Brandon & Rachael White says:

    Mama V, we are so blessed to have you as a part of our lives. You were a loving and caring person to all of your family and friends. You will always be remembered as one of the hardest working and dedicated individuals we will ever know. We were blessed to have you in our lives not only as young adults in Michigan, but becoming young professionals in South Carolina. A great neighbor, dog sitter, and family to us down here has made it an easier transition. To your whole family: You are all a direct reflection of her and should be very proud. Hold your heads high as she helped mold you all into the extraordinary people you are today. As we look back, the staple of Mama V was her generosity and laughter. You will be missed and we know we will see you again one day. May you rest in peace.

    With much love, Brandon & Rachael

  • Edna Balis says:

    A tribute to my daughter, Diane, who inspired so many people as she battled the rare and difficult to beat cancer. Her positive attitude and the goals she set gave her nine years of enjoying her family, her work, and the world she lived in. She loved nature and so many simple things in life and appreciated every single day.

    On our last trip to see her she responded with the most vivid double rainbow, a breathtaking display of lightening that lasted all through the mountains followed by two beautiful sunsets. Donna said “Diane is working her magic”. Now she has the job of being with us in spirit. I will miss her smile and popping in the door or on the phone with “Hi Mom”. Love you forever. Thanks for wonderful memories. Mom

  • The Auricchios says:

    Mama V was truly an angel and a blessing to us all. Her smiles, laughter, and happiness were constant reminders of the best things in life. She is an inspiration, a shining example of living life to the fullest. We will forever cherish all the wonderful memories we shared with her and the invaluable advice she provided over the last 7 years. We hope her family can find some solace in knowing her love and kindness touched many many people throughout the years. xoxo