Kinnon, Diana D. passed away Saturday night, January 6, 2007, in Torrance of complications due to cancer. She had lived in the Hollywood Riviera since 1975 where she and her husband raised their four daughters and one son. Diana, a fifth generation Californian, was born in Los Angeles on December 11, 1946. She attended St. Charles Boromeo Grammar School in Toluca Lake, Immaculate Heart High School in Hollywood and Cal State Northridge where she received a BA in history. After working for several banks, she received her teaching credential through Cal State L.A. and began her teaching career with the L.A. Unified School District in 1971, the same year she was married. After the birth of her third child in 1980, Diana became a stay-at-home mom. In 1989, when her youngest entered Kindergarten, she started teaching at St. Lawrence Martyr School in Redondo Beach where all five children were students. Diana spent the next 16 years as a first grade teacher and daycare director, fighting breast cancer the last few years of her career unknown to many of her colleagues. She had to retire in 2005 due to the advancement of the disease. She saw all of her children graduate from college, two with masters degrees. She also experienced the joy of seeing two of her daughters get married and the birth of three beautiful grandchildren. Diana is survived by her husband of 35 years, John; her children, Colleen, Amanda, Rebecca, John and Elizabeth; her sons in law, Christopher Huck and Matthew Courtney; her grandchildren, Emma, Keira and Zachary; her stepfather, Ignacio Valdovinos; her sister, Eloise Dickerson, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation found at www.komen.org or call (888) 888-3317. Services are as follows: Rosary - Thursday, January 11th at 7pm at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 1900 S. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach; Funeral Mass - Friday, January 12th at 10am at St. Lawrence; Interment following the funeral at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City.

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  1. To the Kinnon family, I am very sorry to hear of your mom’s/wife’s passing. Diana was a very kind woman and I remember her fondly (even though I only interacted with her on a few occasions). My heart goes out to you in this trying time. Love and Peace, Anita Botello-Samson

  2. Dear Mandy & Matt, Please accept our sincere sympathy to you both and to your family Mandy at this very sorrowful time. Our prayers are for your Mother and all of the family. Love, Aunt Mary & Uncle Paul.

  3. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Kinnon family. Diana was a wonderful woman and friend and will truly be missed. She certainly had an impact on our daughter’s life and we will forever been indebted. We wish you peace and strength in the years to come. Our prayers are with you.

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