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My Personal Story


Diane Felt

Diane is the eldest of six children. Her parents raised the family on a small farm in Iowa. Ask any of her siblings to share a story about spending hours lost in creative adventures on the farm, and you will be easily entertained. With paternal grandparents living a few miles away and maternal grandparents visiting perhaps twice each year from California, the children were nurtured to respect the richness of each generation. As a young child, Diane was privileged to have four great-grandparents with whom she became acquainted until they died. Her great-grandfather, who Diane nicknamed Baba Pat (for as a toddler she couldn’t say the mouthful “Great-Grandpa Patterson”), lived with her grandparents’ McLennan, so he in particular left an impression on Diane with his soft-spoken manner, thick white mustache, sparking blue eyes, and his hours of rocking in the old cane rocker, which Diane now has. Sharing stories and observing rites of passage together were a natural part of living in an intergenerational family. Birthdays and holidays also involved family and friends along with an extra-special cake, favorite recipes, and snapshots taken to record the event. Searching the audience while singing at the spring concert or playing her clarinet in band, Diane knew to look for her parents and grandparents.

Diane’s Grandma Geneva kept an ongoing family history in scrapbook form, complete with photos, written history, news articles, and mementos. During her grade-school years, Diane began spending at least one night a week at her Grandpa and Grandma’s home in town. Living in the country, her parents weren’t always available to come retrieve her after piano lessons or extracurricular school events, so Diane stayed in town. Invariably, her Grandma had her scrapbook open in order to update the latest news in the family, which sometimes included Diane! Was that special! As Diane stood by her Grandma’s side, she listened to the stories as each page of the scrapbook was turned. This storytelling was repeated many times over the years, instilling in Diane the gift for sharing photos, stories, and genealogy.

In 2010 Diane and her husband left the Chicago suburbs after 32 years in order to move to Denver. They are richly blessed with their family. They have two grown children. Their son and daughter-in-law live in the state of Washington, where the lifestyle is relaxed. Their daughter and son-in-law appreciate living in Colorado, where a range of activities is at their doorstep. They treasure time together as a family and relish sharing their own stories, accomplishments, passion for the outdoors, and travels with one another. Diane is also a photographer: Diane Felt Photography.

Now that Diane has shared a part of her personal history with you, what is keeping you from contacting her to capture your story? Diane offers a free consultation, so please contact her to schedule yours today.


Regarding a 22,000-word biography that was completed in October 2012

“Over the years I used to tell my ten grandchildren stories about my experiences during my working career. I also told them about their ancestors and their trip to Minnesota by covered wagon. I had a number of requests to write about these things so they would have a record of them when I was gone. I am ninety-two years old at the present.

Our church has a group of very senior members who meet weekly with our pastor. It was decided that the group had such varied and interesting lives that it might be interesting to document and number of them with biographies that outlined their backgrounds and working experience.

We had a church member, Diane Felt, who had some time available and some wonderful talent who volunteered to document the stories dictated by the senior members. I was one of the lucky ones to be invited to document my story. Diane and I had a conference and decided we could add family data and photographs to make it suitable for the grandchildren requirement.

My story started with me dictating my life story to Diane. She then typed it up and let me review it. We decided to put a number of pictures in the write-up to illustrate the items we were discussing. This included relatives, places where we lived, schools I went to and projects I worked on during my career.

During the production of this project I developed the highest regard for Diane Felt. She understood the requirements of the project thoroughly. She had all of the equipment necessary to produce the work. She knew how to use the equipment. She was very good at correcting spelling and sentence structure. During the final stages she got the best estimates for producing copies and brought the twenty finished copies to my home. I have now got twenty copies of my biography ready to send. These will be Christmas presents. ”

Russ C., Colorado

Regarding a photo organization project that was completed in October 2012

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative

“Not only is Diane a pleasure to work with but her expertise in photo organization shone through as we developed a plan to tackle my pile of family photos. Her attention to detail and ability to press on as we organized, scanned, and labeled led us to get an amazing amount done as we worked together. Now my jumbled mass of photos is in order and I have a system to handle future photos and mementos. I would highly recommend Diane in the area of photo organization!”

Tracy B., Illinois