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Diane Carmack passed away July 17, 2014, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. She was 58 years of age.

Sherrill Diane Earl was born on June 23, 1956, in Fayette, Mo. She was the daughter of Billie June and Elleck Gibson. She attended Glasgow High School. On Dec. 31, 1973, Diane married Kenneth Carmack.

She is survived by her husband Kenny, their three children, Kenneth “Wesley” (Laura) Carmack of Chillicothe, Mo., Michael “Todd” (Debra) Carmack of Glasgow, and Nikki (Aaron) Gouge of Glasgow; nine grandchildren, Tristian, Ethan, Alex, Evelyn, Malia, Laken, Kaden, Mason and Benjamin. Diane is also survived by her nine siblings: Debbie Dodd of Claremont, Fla., Danny Gibson of Marshall, Mo., Deanna Wright of Slater, Mo., Melissa Kearney of Marshall, Mo., Michele Malin of Slater, Mo., Becky Brown of Saline Co., Mo., Renee Gibson of Slater, Mo., Angie Halsey of Columbia, Mo., and Jeff Gibson of Marshall, Mo.

Diane spent her 58 years loving and nurturing all things around her. She would start with something small and with a little patience, watch it grow. Everything she touched flourished: children, grandchildren, flowers, gardens, birds, livestock, crops, and puppies. Diane spent 30 years proudly raising many different breeds of dogs but always favored Yorkies. Diane was a terrific cook. Her signature pan fried chicken and decadent cakes satisfied many guests at her home in rural Howard County. Later in life these talents were used to start a second career at Beckett’s Restaurant, providing those same meals for thousands of guests. She always took great delight in watching her patrons enjoy her dishes.

Diane was a champion of the human spirit, which is why she loved to fill her free time enjoying theater, movies, music, fishing, gymnastics, and any sport, especially the ones her grandchildren played in. Diane’s 40 year marriage to Kenny produced a love that was the foundation which their family was built on. That love didn’t stop at their family; it was free to anyone who came to their home. For those guests who came by, Kenny and Diane’s home was open for as long as they needed.

“Thank you Diane for all that you’ve given us. Your compassion, understanding, and selfless acts will be missed. We love you.”

Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow with Rev. Harold Young and Rev. Don White officiating, and special remembrances by Brian Terrill. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday evening, July 21, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial followed the service at Washington Cemetery in Glasgow.

Memorials are suggested to the Glasgow Park Board, in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service.

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