Surrounded by friends and family, Diane Moran, devoted mother, loving Nana, fearless friend and stubborn Democrat passed away on February 24th, 2023 after a two year battle with colon cancer.
Diane was born February 19th, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Joseph and Millie Moran. Diane moved to Boston, MA after graduating from Saint Anselm College in 1979 with a BS in Political Science and worked in financial services. After the sudden death of her husband, Richard Lanier, Diane decided to pursue a new career helping others. Diane went back to school completing her BS in Bereavement Studies from Mount Ida College and ultimately earned her Master's in Social Work from Salem State University.
Diane began her career as a grief counselor working in hospice care throughout the greater Boston area. Diane would later become Executive Director of the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida. Diane's passion for helping those experiencing trauma and loss led her to volunteering for the Critical Incident Stress Management Team for the Cambridge Fire Department where she worked as a clinician and coordinator supporting first responders in need. Diane finished her extensive career as a social worker for the Medical ICU at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, MA. She retired October 2022 to spend her remaining time with family and friends.
Diane is survived by her 3 children Matt Lanier and his wife Krissy of Dracut, MA, Carly Anderson and her husband Brad of Haverhill, MA and Deirdre Gamble and her husband Matt of Kingston, MA as well as 5 grandchildren. Diane is predeceased by her husband Richard Lanier and sister Rosemary Aquino.
Diane will be remembered for her sharp wit and sense of humor, her decades long dedication to offering bereavement services to those in need and her ability to make a person laugh during their darkest moments.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sons of Italy at 117 Swanton Street in Winchester, MA 01890 on Saturday March 11th from 10:30 AM to 2 PM with a ceremony 11 to 12 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to the National Firefighters Foundation at www.firehero.org.