On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Dian Rose Campbell Gimse, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away peacefully at the age of 78. Dian was born on May 6, 1940, in Mandan, ND to Thomas and Rose Campbell. When she was four years old, the family moved to Tacoma, WA. She attended Fern Hill Elementary, Stewart Junior High, and Lincoln High School. She was proud to be a Tacoma girl.

She graduated from Bates in the nursing program with her daughter, Kerrie, where they finished together at the top of their class. She had a photographic memory and an outstanding work ethic, even to her final day.

Dian loved to travel and saw much of the United States, including one of her true loves: Hawaii. She had a gift for singing road songs, no matter where the truck and camper were rolling. She was always up for an adventure, whether it was clam digging in a torrential rainstorm or winning another jackpot at the casino.

Dian was a writer, poet, and painter – a true Renaissance woman. She was a master in the kitchen, whether whipping up a pan of hoffle-poffle or serving up a slice of her famous gooey butter cake. She loved to dance and kick up her heels. Music brought her joy like few other things, and her stereo speakers could often be heard from the street. She had the ability to turn anything around with her positive attitude and was always eager for a good laugh.

She was a counselor and mentor to friends and family alike. Dian had a knack for getting to the root of a problem and finding a way through or around it. She was caring, kind, and always witty.

Most important to Dian was her love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was her close companion through the good times and the bad. She was a prayer warrior of the highest order.

Dian also had an undying love and tremendous pride for her family and heritage. She was greeted at the Pearly Gates by her beloved siblings, Thomas, Louise, Irene, Laverne, and Donald. She had been married to Arnold S. Gimse for nearly 47 years when she passed. She is survived by her children, Kerrie, Justin, and Brian, as well as her grandchildren, Hannah, Tyler, and Danica, and two great-grandchildren.

Dian and Arnold were faithful donors to the Tacoma Rescue Mission each and every month for decades. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a small donation in her name to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. P.O. Box 1912, Tacoma WA 98401-1912 or online at http://www.trm.org/contactus.

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  1. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. Aunt Dian’s kindness and humor made the world a better place. She will be greatly missed.

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