In Loving Memory…

Dianne Gonzales

Dianne Marie Gonzales, 57, of Sedalia, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2023, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center.

She was born July 12, 1965, in Davenport, IA, daughter of Melvin A. and Norma J. (Middleton) Tullis.  A few years later, her family moved to Sedalia, Missouri.

Dianne was a 1983 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, where she was active in  cheerleading, the flag corps and the drama club. She earned a B.S. in Recreation Management from UCM. She also served 4 years in the Army Reserves. Working with children was her passion, she worked in early childhood education and taught dance classes.

Growing up, she attended First United Methodist Church and later attended Wesley United Methodist Church with her children.

Dianne loved music, dancing, angels, and the color pink. To know Dianne was to love her. Her fun-loving spirit, her beauty, love, kindness, humor, and incredible strength would fill the room. She had a knack for making people smile.

Surviving are two children, Arlo Gonzales, of Aurora, CO, and Victoria Gonzales of Boulder, CO; four siblings, Linda Mayes (Robert), Sharon Manley (Mark), Gregory Tullis, all of Sedalia, and Janice Johnson (Dennis), of Knob Noster; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Rodney Tullis.

The celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Casket bearers will be Kayla Woodside, Alexandra Mayes, Sabrina Selvey, Jacob Selvey, DeLynn Johnson, Robert Mayes, and Djuana Osby.

Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America for research.


9 Responses

  1. My condolences. Dianne was a beautiful and determined person. I was glad I got to know her when I worked with her.

  2. As a friend of Rodney’s, I spent a lot of time around the house. Since we were older than Diane, it was easy for us to act superior. However, her sarcastic wit was more than a match for our macho bluster.

  3. Diane was a special person in our family and was greatly missed when she moved back to MO. What a beautiful soul with the warmest smile. Arlo and Victoria, know that our love, prayers and support surrounds you!

  4. I will always cherish the times that I had with Dianne. I had the pleasure of meeting her while attending Metro State College for accounting. Also, I had the pleasure with working with her at United Cerebral Palsy. We became fast friends. She always had a smile on her face, positive energy ,and joy for life!

    My condolences to all of her family and friends.

  5. I took care of her and I loved every minute when I was in her room, whether it be cracking jokes with her or telling her about my day. Just to see her smile and hear her laugh made my day better, I will miss her tremendously and my deepest condolences for the family.

  6. Dianne was one of the kindest and most giving people I knew in high school and beyond. She blessed my life in so many ways with her open heart and sweet spirit. Her laughter was contagious and rings in my memories of so many easy, lighhearted times together. My heart goes out to all of her friends and family, as I know they are shattered by the loss of this lovely, beautiful soul. So sorry for your loss.

  7. I helped take care of Dianne, as did my mother, we both loved talking to her and making her smile; always cracking jokes about tequila and the Chippendales. I recall one day specifically that I was helping her ready for bed and my mom came in the room and asked where she was hiding the money and Dianne started laughing so hard. She was an amazing woman and we will all miss her dearly. Rest in peace, love.

  8. Linda I am so sorry to hear about your sister. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I will not be able to attend services, but just know I am thinking of you. I am sending my condolences to your family.

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