Dianne L. Peterson-Cody was born in the Dutch area of Venango, Penn., to Kenneth and Gertrude Buck on Aug. 28, 1938. She died at her home at Heritage Ranch on May 29, 2013. She was 74.
With her brother Kenneth Buck Jr., the family soon migrated to California and settled in Whitley Gardens. Dianne attended school in Whitley Gardens until her high school years in which she then attended Paso Robles High School until her senior year, class of 1956, when she married the late Arlen D. Peterson. They were parents to sons Kenneth and Kim of Paso Robles, Karl of Texas, and daughter Dana Peterson of Paso Robles.
A working mother, Dianne is remembered by many as a supervising waitress at Black Oak Restaurant on 24th Street, and later at the Paso Robles Golf and Country Club where so many co-workers and members are still friends.
In 1978, Dianne began a new successful career as a realtor, buying, selling and developing real estate. She was associated with and was part owner of North County Realty in Paso Robles. Dianne focused on acreage in the Nacimiento Lake area, where she and her second husband, Bob Cody, built a home. They also owned a beautiful sailboat, enjoying extended stays in the Gulf of California, Baja and the Sea of Cortez. For five years they enjoyed living on the boat in Mexico, meeting other yachtees, and diving and exploring the inland coastal waters. Dianne had a keen understanding and sincere love for the ocean.
Dianne continued to live on the sailboat in Ventura after her divorce from her sailing partner, eventually returning to Paso Robles and the real estate market before retiring with her life partner Jesse Velencia at their new home in Heritage Ranch. After Jesse’s death, she continued to live there and enjoy the company of family and friends along with her sweet canine companion, Lucy, until she died.
In addition to her children, Kenneth, Kim, Karl and Dana, Dianne is survived by grandsons, Arlen Peterson II of Chico; Nicholas and James Peterson of Texas; daughter-in-laws, Linda of Texas and Betsy of Templeton, and many extended family and friends. Her most dear friend, Kristy Kavanagh, was by her side until the end.
Paul Esmond, a friend and former business associate, officiated at a private service at Paso Robles Cemetery. Dianne was buried beside her first husband Arlen Peterson.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date for extended family and many friends who will miss her dearly.For the complete article see the 06-28-2013 issue.
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