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Official Obituary of

Diane (Ullrich) Wilson

July 23, 1952 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Diane Wilson Obituary

In Loving Memory of Diane Wilson


Born on July 23, 1952, Diane (née Ullrich) Wilson was a woman whose creativity touched the lives of many. She fearlessly brought beauty and joy to every corner she encountered. It is with heavy hearts that we announce her passing on February 1, 2024, leaving behind a profound void in the lives of those who loved her. 


Diane, born and raised in Canandaigua, New York, inherited her passion for the arts from her mother Charlotte, whom both were amazingly talented. Diane was involved in art throughout her school years creating murals, painting sets for plays and drawing portraits of many of her friends. This creative flame within her burned brightly for the rest of her life, passing on these talents to her daughters and grandchildren. After graduating, she traveled Europe and eventually landed in Dayton, Ohio, where she crossed paths with her future husband, Joseph Wilson. Together, they were blessed with the arrival of two beloved daughters, Melissa and Carrie.


Diane dedicated much of her time to her daughters when they attended St. John the Baptist School in Harrison, OH. She helped with drama productions, her daughters’ Girls Scout troops, attended many sporting events, and tutored some children in need. As her daughters grew older, she continued to utilize her artistic skills through various jobs including floral design, furniture retail, makeup artistry and kitchen design. She was always making a difference in the lives of those around her. Pursuing her deep-rooted passion further, she graduated with an Interior Design degree from Mount Saint Joseph, broadening her artistic horizons.


Diane’s time with family was priceless, but she also cherished her time with incredible friends along her journey. She found so much joy in talking on the phone and going to social gatherings including potlucks, parties, going out for meals, and weekend trips. A women’s support group, which she facilitated, was a place for her and other women to share, laugh, talk and cry. Friends have shared that Diane was a very trusted friend who always offered wonderful advice. She was the rock that held the group together. This time of bonding molded her into the mom, grandma, sister and friend she was. 


Diane loved anything handmade. She loved going to the Cincinnati Art Museum and to local & regional art fairs with her daughters, and in her later years, with her grandchildren. Every visit was so inspiring to her. In the early 2000s, Diane fulfilled a dream in having her own shop to call her own—Wild Iris Gifts & Artiques in Bright, Indiana. It became a haven for her creative soul, a place where she could showcase her interior design eye as well as creating a space for those who wanted to sell their handmade pieces. It truly was a place that was loved by so many in the little town of Bright. Every visit was an invitation to step into a world adorned with vibrant colors and breathtaking designs.


In addition to her creative endeavors, Diane had a heart full of love for her beloved grandchildren, Abbie, Maxwell, Katie, and Liam. To them, she was a light, always offering hugs and smiles every time they were with her. They knew that ice cream would always be served at Gramma’s and that celebrations were best enjoyed in each other's company, with scoops of joy, of course! Diane's weakness for ice cream served as a reminder of her ability to savor life's simplest pleasures.


Survivors include her daughters: Melissa (Adam) Weber, and Carrie (Pete) Bolden; grandchildren: Abbie Weber, Maxwell Bolden, Katie Weber, and Liam Bolden. Diane is also survived by her two younger brothers: Richard (Patsy) Ullrich Jr., and Mark (Michael Brown) Ullrich; and many friends.


Preceded in death by her parents: Richard G. Sr. and Charlotte (née Traphagen) Ullrich.


Her family wants to thank the University of Cincinnati Gynecologic Oncology Center, specifically Dr. Amanda Jackson and her team, Dr. Carracher from Endocrinology, Dr. Tibbe, her primary care doc in Bright, and in her final days, her nurse Misty and the Palliative Care team, Dr. Warsi and Michelle. 

A Celebration of Life that will include an Art Show of Diane’s wonderful artwork spanning her life will be held as an open house on Sunday, April 28, 2024 from 1:00-4:00 pm at 611 Gathering Place, 611 Harrison Ave, Harrison, OH 45030. Friends and family will be able to choose a piece to take with them in remembrance of Diane. Donations for the artwork will be accepted with a portion going to the Cincinnati Art Museum.



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Gathering of Family and Friends
April 28, 2024

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Gathering Place
611 Harrison Ave.
Harrison, oh 45030
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