Ms. Bales, 76, of Windermere, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
Diane F. Bales 76, of Windermere, Florida, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Cornerstone Hospice Care Center at Orlando Health.
Diane was born April 26, 1943, in Portland, Indiana, the daughter of the late A. Dale Locker and Pauline Locker. She was the loving wife of Richard Bales until he passed in 2000.
Diane was raised on a farm outside Portland, Indiana, and throughout her life loved tending her flower gardens and landscaping as a lifelong hobby.
In 1973, the family moved from Indiana to Casselberry, Florida, and a year later to Windermere, Florida. As her children grew older, she worked primarily in the medical records field, but she also loved to be a homemaker. She was resourceful and thrifty and always loved to find a good sale or coupon deal.
She was a hard worker, always early to rise, keeping busy until relaxing at the TV at day’s end. In her later years she still loved to work in the yard and volunteered at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee. Diane also adored animals, especially the family pets and the wild birds and rabbits who visited her yard.
Diane is survived by her two children, Laura Bales, of Titusville, Florida, and Dean Bales, of Windermere, Florida; one brother, Duane Locker, of Richmond, Indiana; one niece, Amy Arvin, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and one nephew, Tony Locker, of Lafayette, Indiana.
Diane was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Richard D. Bales.
Diane's funeral arrangements are in the caring guidance of Winter Oak Funeral Home and Cremations.