Diana Lee (Smith) Nuss, 72, Russell, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.
She was born Feb. 26, 1946, in Shreveport, La., the daughter of Dannie W. and Leona (Messick) Smith. She graduated from Russell High School in 1964. She then attended Kansas University, graduating with a degree in science in 1969. Later she attended Fort Hays State University and graduated with a master’s in mathematics.
She married Kenneth Nuss on June 9, 1991, in Russell.
She was a math, science and biology teacher at Lucas-Luray High School from 1973 to 1983. She then moved to the Russell school district and worked in Russell High School as a teacher in math, science, physics and biology from 1983 to 1993. She also was a coach for basketball, volleyball and tennis and kept stats on all sporting activities for the high school. Then in 1993, she returned to the Lucas-Luray High School untill 1998. From 1998 to 2000, she was a teacher at Thomas Moore Prep-Marian High School. She then worked for C.P.I. in Great Bend until retirement in 2012. She was been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1983. She was very active in the church from the choir to the board. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading, playing solitary and watching NASCAR with Kenny, but her great love was doing activities and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors family include her husband, of the home; two sons, Daniel Owens (Trisha) of Newton, and Michael Owens (Kristen) of San Antonio, Texas; three stepsons, Duke Nuss (Lori) of Russell, Todd Nuss (Stacey) of Lawrence, and Brandon Nuss (Katya) of Russell; 17 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Ezekial Koech officiating. Visitation and family greeting of friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Cremation has preceded the services.
Memorials have been established with the church or Russell Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Contributions and condolences can be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of the arrangements.