Diane P. Carey, of Brookings, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Jan. 21, 2012. She was 61 years old, born in Lynn, Mass. to Ernest and Nina Patrikas.
Diane and Richard Carey, her husband of 22 years, moved to Brookings in 2009, after living in Seattle for several years. Both had moved to Seattle in the 1970s but were not introduced to each other until 1987, meeting on a blind date andndash; secretly and serendipitously arranged by mutual friends.
In 1972, Diane earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Records Administration at Temple University in Philadelphia. During her early career years Diane worked as Director of Medical Records at Providence Hospital in Seattle from 1975 to 1982. After her marriage to Richard in 1989, she devoted herself full-time to her family.
She had a great and loving heart, selflessly committed to her family and friends. A friend to all creatures great and small, she dearly loved animals and loved to care for them.
Diane is survived by her husband Richard; daughter Nina, who is currently a student at Clarkson University in Potsdam N.Y.; and her sister Elaine Patrikas of Bryn Mawr, Pa.
For those who wish to celebrate Diane's life, donations made to a favorite pet shelter or pet rescue organization would be greatly appreciated.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.