Dian Gardner Cantrell, 94, passed away at her home in Ogden, Utah, on December 4, 2023. She was born on August 16, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Margaret R. and Pete D. Gardner, Sr.
Dian was a smart, funny, and kind woman who was beloved by all who knew her. She was a hard worker, determined, and fiercely independent, which were traits she encouraged in those around her. She worked for many years at Utah Power and Light in Salt Lake City. She loved playing card games, playing the piano, working crossword puzzles, and reading. Dian loved to learn, particularly about subjects like politics and history. An incredible gift she passed on to her children and grandchildren was her love of reading and learning. Dian enjoyed spending time on her farm in Worland, Wyoming and taking care of her house and yard in Ogden. One of Dian’s passions was watching her granddaughter, Stephanie, play softball. She drove all across Utah, Kansa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Colorado to watch softball games. Dian always had a camera with her so she could capture special moments. She filled many albums with pictures of family shenanigans, as well as her own adventures. Dian was incredibly supportive of her family members, and she loved her family with all her heart.
Dian is survived by her daughter, Karen Aurand of Lewiston, Idaho; two granddaughters, Erica (Mark) Perry of Grangeville, Idaho and Stephanie (Chris) Mark of Ogden; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Teri C. Mark; her parents; and her siblings, Pete D. Gardner, Jr. and Pat Nielsen.
In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.