Dianna Lavon Effner, 75, of Jamestown, MO passed away at her daughter’s home in Rolla, MO on October 14, 2020.
She was born July 10, 1945 in Ogden, UT the daughter of the late John W. and Elva Child Iid.
Dianna was united in marriage to Randall W. Effner on September 24, 1971, he preceded her in death.
Dianna was a world-renowned doll artist, owner of Expressions Inc. and Dianna Effner’s Porcelain Dolls. Her original creations can be seen on her website www.diannaeffner.com. Her doll business was located in her building, the historic Jamestown Mercantile, where she also hosted various events including doll-making workshops, home-schooling activities, youth Bible studies, and other community gatherings. Besides sharing her talents and bringing people together, she also enjoyed gardening, cooking, and singing. For many years, she was a member of The Heart of Missouri Sweet Adelines Barbershop Chorus and sang tenor in the Vivid Image quartet. One of many family productions spearheaded by Dianna was a video of a song called “Wildflowers" that resonated with Dianna’s adventurous spirit. The video of her and her daughters and granddaughters singing “Wildflowers” can be found here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsaQudrNIJk
Survivors include two daughters: Lela Street and husband Kevin of Latham, MO and Sara Effner-Hou and husband Chen of Rolla, MO along with daughter-in-law Christy Hobbs of Ft. Myers, FL. Sisters: Janice Leiding and husband Bob of Ann Arbor, MI and KC Eddy and husband Troy of Jamestown, MO. She is further survived by 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Dianna fought a courageous battle with cancer and peacefully left this life while surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home in the country.
Dianna Effner is preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son Ivan Hobbs.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday December 13, 2020 at the Jamestown Community Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of St. James, MO.
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