Dianna Louise Lee
Name: Dianna Louise Lund
AHS Name: Dianna Louise Lee
My Alhambra days include K – 6 at Marguerita, 7 – 8 at Emmaus First Lutheran School, then four years at AHS where all of my favorite memories involve music – singing harmony with my sister Karen’s (AHS ’63) soprano to Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, and Jan & Dean hits while riding in her ’50 Dodge to school or football games and being in choir with Mr. Hogan, especially rehearsing for and performing in “Oklahoma!” With a BA from CSULA and an MA from CSUN, I taught English (thank you, Miss Power, Mr. Tajima, Mr. Stonebreaker, and Mrs. Logar!) for 34 years, all but the first of which were at Wm S. Hart High School in Newhall, CA where I met my husband Don in Hart’s computer lab, both of us teaching in Hart’s Honors/AP program. After leaving Hart in 2003, we completed the ten LCMS courses required to be commissioned, Don as Deacon, I as Parish Ministry Assistant. Currently we are both on staff at Bethlehemscv (see webpage). Ministry – whether visiting shut-ins or hospital patients or the elderly in care facilities, or teaching second-year confirmation, or assisting with worship, or training acolytes, or chairing Stitch n’ Prayer, or doing behind-the-scenes administrative or Altar Guild prep, or serving anywhere there is a need – is one huge blessing for both of us.
Travel has been a life-long summer activity, from trips to the UK while serving as the substitute organist for many Lutheran churches there and living with host families, to cruises to Canada, Alaska, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Mexico, the South Pacific, and northern Europe and car trips to many National Parks. However, the best travel experiences have been either in the right seat of N9443H (flying to Alaska – twice – in a single engine Cessna 172/U piloted by Don is adventure personified!) And winging to the Maritime Provinces or the DC area is fun, too!) Or with boots on the trail. Hiking – whether to the top of Snowden in Wales, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Yosemite Falls, the Plain of the Six Glaciers in Banff, Edith Cavell in Jasper, Harding Ice Field in Alaska or over the Continental Divide at Swiftcurrent and Siyeh Passes in Montana or on Bryce’s Fairyland Trail or Ranier’s Skyline Trail – is bliss. Putting on a pair of Smart Wools and then our Asolos is always the start of a very good day.
For extra fun, there are LA Opera season tickets (date night!) and the UCLA Alumni Band with Don’s trumpet at all those football tailgates, women’s gymnastics meets, and other gigs. Go Bruins!
Though we’ve none of our own, children are a big part of our lives – from our sixth grade confirmands, to former students and their children, and sister Karen’s seven grandchildren who have become our “grands” as well. Being with them – the oldest a freshman at APU, the youngest just entering kindergarten – is always smile-time.
The future…well, it includes more of all of the above, and someday perhaps the publication of the Rossbury Saga, a quartet of historical romances. All in all, Don and I are richly blessed.
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