Diane Ryland, 65, of Norfolk, VA, passed away on September 12, 2023. She was born on August 29, 1958, in Norfolk, VA, to her loving mother, Mattie Whitaker.
Diane is survived by her beloved children: Tonya King, Antoine Whitaker, Lisha Oliver-Martinez, and Usellyan Smith. She was a cherished mother-in-law to Nelson Martinez. Diane is also survived by her sisters: Dorothy Grant, Brenda Brown, Lorraine Dickens, and Sandra Hawkins, and her brother Richard Whitaker. She also leaves behind her adoring husband, Kenneth Ryland; her special friend, Tim Spencer; as well as her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Teresa Whitaker, and her brother, Oscar Whitaker Jr.
Diane was a cherished daughter, mother, aunt and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. In honoring Diane’s life, we remember her as a kind-hearted individual who touched the lives of many. Her warm smile, gentle spirit, and unwavering love for her family and friends will forever be cherished. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and strength.
Diane was a member of The Way Church and attended Zion Baptist Church, under the spiritual guidance of Pastor Johnny Reid. Her faith was an integral part of her life, providing her with comfort and solace. Please join us in celebrating Diane’s life and offering our condolences to her family during this difficult time.