F. Dianna (Hale) Bye, 71, passed away suddenly in her home on Sunday, January 17, 2021.
Born to Charles Franklin "Frank" Hale and Norma (née Greene) Hale on March 19, 1949 in Madisonville, KY. Dianna graduated from La Porte High School in 1967. She then put herself through nursing school at Ivy Tech Community College to become an LPN at La Porte Hospital, where she served in multiple departments. As well as the hospital setting, Dianna worked in many area nursing homes throughout the late 1960's and 1970's.
She married Robert "Bob" E. Bye, of Union Mills, on November 30, 1974, and moved to their family farm in Union Mills/Hanna, IN.
Dianna was an avid lover of genealogy, periodicals, puzzles, gardening, baking, crafting, sewing, art and animals. She loved garage sales, flea markets, birds, cats, and was deeply spiritual; involved in many different churches and area programs for the poor, children, animals, and elderly.
Dianna was greatly involved in genealogical research for her own family and her husband's family. She was a Daughter of the American Revolution, Indiana Genealogical Society, and IN Society for Families of the Civil War.
She returned to nursing and the medical field in 1995, working first with developmentally disabled children through the South Central School Corporation, where she had previously taught elementary reading as a PTA volunteer, then returning to La Porte Hospital. Dianna spent her last 16 years of work in the Maternity and Obstetrics Department at the hospital, retiring in 2014.
The same year of her retirement, her husband of 40 years, Bob, passed away and she moved back into La Porte. Dianna spent much of her time over these last few years with a tight group of friends that met at the City of La Porte Dog Park, with her beloved rescue dog, "Trixie"; fellow hospital nursing retiree group; neighbors; best friend, Greg; family thru-marriage, Beth Murray and Dan Zeilbeck; children; and grandchildren.
Dianna is survived by her daughter, Robann (Wendell) Porter of Alpine, UT; son, Brad (Jennifer) Bye of Hanna; daughter, Joy (Andrew) Bye-Zeilbeck of La Porte; 6 grandchildren, Danni, Johnny, Talmage, and Bobbi Porter, all of Alpine, UT, Kate Bye of Hanna, and Zoë Bye of La Porte; sister, Charlene Cantrell; 2 nephews and great-nephews, Brian, Darrin (Kim), Dawson, and Caleb Burger, all of Florida; closest friends and confidants, Greg and Lori Charlson; and her dog, "Trixie".
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles "Frank" and Norma Hale, and her husband, Robert "Bob" Bye.
Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place this spring. for family and friends, with details to be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the La Porte Country Small Animal Shelter, 2855 West State Road 2, La Porte, IN 46350.
Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com.