Diane Price Forney, 78, of Sanibel Island, died
peacefully on April 26, 2013, at the Gulf Coast
Medical Center. Diane was a loving wife, mother and
grandmother who touched the lives of so many friends
Forney was born in Chicago, Ill., and was the
daughter of an Army officer. She earned her RN from
the Cook County School of Nursing in 1955 and
began her nursing career as an ER nurse at the Cook
She married Les Forney, an Army officer, in 1958
and lived the nomadic life of an Army wife, moving
more than 20 times during his 30-year Army career.
Diane and Les began their married life in Taiwan
where both of their sons were born, followed by tours
all around the United States and a second tour in
Taiwan. At the end of Les' Army career, they settled
in Miami Shores, Fla., where Diane was a head nurse
at a Jackson Memorial Hospital psychiatric ward.
In her spare time, Diane became an accomplished
needlework artist and frequently traveled around the
country to needlework classes and seminars. She created
many award winning works of needle art and her
work and passion inspired a new generation of needle
After years of annual vacations to Sanibel, she and
Les moved to the island permanently in 2003. Diane
loved living on Sanibel. She was an avid shell collector
and beachcomber and spent many happy days on
the Sanibel beaches with her children and grandchildren.
She was a member of the Sanibel Captiva chapter
She is survived by her husband Les, her sons Dan
and John, daughters-in-law Deborah and Amy, and
seven grandchildren, Mariah, Richard, Peter, Jacob,
Sophia, William, and Emily.
Diane will be laid to rest at the Sarasota National
Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 20. In lieu of
flowers, donations should be made to the Salvation
Army, 10291 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL 33919.