Diane’s life is best appreciated through memories and impressions evoked from an album of photographs presented here.
Diane Helen Pavellas was born at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, 27 August, 1942. We were then living in the new Sunnydale Housing Project for war workers at 1822 Sunnydale avenue, San Francisco, near the “Cow Palace” in Daly City. Mother Artemis Pavellas was 23 years old. Father Conrad Pavellas worked at the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards as a rat-proofing foreman in building “Liberty Ships” for the U. S. Navy. Diane, along with her small family, began life in humble circumstances., both in San Francisco and, beginning 1946, Brooklyn, New York.
Our father, Conrad Pavellas, was (falsely) promised a partnership in a printing firm by his cousin George Pavellas, so the four of us moved to Brooklyn. Dad preceded the rest of the family to arrange housing, and the three of us arrived, by train, on New Year day, 1946.
We escaped back to California in the summer of 1951 when Diane was age 9.
Perhaps Diane’s natural appreciation and talent for arranging things and events of beauty were doubly encouraged by her memories of the Brooklyn slum we lived in, but it doesn’t matter. Our aunts Angie and Bee in California supported Diane and me (brother Ron) in our taking piano lessons and, for Diane, ballet lessons. She was a good and enthusiastic dancer. She enjoyed entertaining the neighborhood children by dancing in the street, beginning her career as someone who attracted people and who brought them, and herself, joyful experiences.
Diane remained in California for the rest of her life until early 2008, when she moved upon retirement from the real estate business to Rosarito Beach, Mexico. She died there, suddenly and apparently from an acute attack of asthma, on 8 July 2011.
Diane married twice, was blessed with a daughter Victoria and a stepson, Rick, both of whom have children of their own.
As stated at the head of this eulogy, almost 300 pictures from Diane’s life can be seen in chronological order here, each picture accompanied by some descriptive text. At the end of this photo album, there is a short video of Diane giving me a visual tour of the El Descanso housing development in which she lived and worked.
Hail and Farewell, Diane Helen Pavellas: daughter, sister, niece, aunt, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend.