Frances Ann (McGuire) Diamond
Devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Frances Ann (McGuire) Diamond, peacefully passed into eternal rest on Friday, September 13, 2019 with many family members at her bedside. They held hands, prayed, sang, laughed, cried and celebrated her life as she slipped away. Frances, or “Sis”, as many lovingly called her, was a strong woman with great faith. As a child, she received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, formerly St. Luke.Fred and Fran met through mutual friends on a blind date. On October 17, 1953, she entered into the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, also at St. Luke’s, with William “Fred” Diamond. The fruits of their marriage bore them eight children: Joseph and Mikey who both passed away in infancy and childhood William “Freddie” Diamond who passed away last November leaving behind a wife, Barb, and two sons; Jim (Cindy) Diamond and Robin Wyne Rick (late Judy) Diamond with their three children; Mike (Chris) Allan, their son Cody; Mark Allan, his son Kaymin; and Richelle (Chris) Annarumo, their son Dustin John (Becky) Diamond with their two children; Breck Diamond and Jesse (Megan) Diamond Beverly (John) Davis with their three daughters; Ashley (Jon Wing with their children Nick WIng and Gillian Wing) and Brianna Davis and Caitlin Davis Bonnie (John) Wilbert with their four children; Valeri Wilbert, Sarah Wilbert, Theresa Wilbert and John Michael Wilbert; Susie (Adam Hughes) Taraba has two children; Terry Taraba and Stephanie Taraba. Frances worked at a variety of places during her lifetime, including Mellon Bank, Mobay and Marshall’s and was a stay at home mom while raising her children. The majority of her life, Fran lived in Collier Township. She belonged to her neighborhood “Hi Neighbor” club where she helped organize and participated in many neighborhood events; picnics, celebration dinners, camping trips and beach vacations. She was an active member of the Carnegie Senior Center where she enjoyed eating lunch and playing cards with her friends. She also enjoyed traveling. Frances experienced cross country travel as well as international travels; including Canada, Ireland, The Vatican, Italy, France and Spain. Her favorite road trips were with Fred, his sister, Rhoda, and her husband, Eddie, to Las Vegas. They would stay in Vegas with her niece, Donna, who would graciously host them for several weeks. She loved bingo, especially the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Monday night bingo, penny slot machines and instant scratch off lottery tickets. Her favorite local casino was The Meadows. When she would hit a win on the slot machine, she would smile, dance in her chair, and wave her arms to the joyful jingles as though she were conducting a symphony! While in her 60’s, Fran enrolled in Allegheny County Community College and earned an Associate Degree. In college, she excelled at writing, especially personal stories of which they were plentiful and humorous. Frances lived a Christian life of love, peace, and joy with her husband of nearly 66 years, her 8 children, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. At the end of her life, she received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and the Holy Eucharist in preparation of her journey to our heavenly homeland thus completing her earthly pilgrimage. We shall not say, “Goodbye” but rather, “Until we meet again!” We loved you yesterday, we love today and we love you forever! May eternal rest grant unto Frances, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace! Amen!
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