Diana Abbey (Sayers) Rutherford, 81, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Christmas Day to join her beloved husband of 56 years, Gordon D. Rutherford. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, to the late Mary Adams Oliver and Dr Daniel O. Sayers, she had a happy childhood as a Connecticut Yankee and North Carolina daughter. A graduate of Saint Margaret-McTernan School and Wellesley College, she returned to Waterbury in 1962 and met her future husband while they both worked at Connecticut General Life Insurance. They married a year later and made their home in the village of Simsbury in Tariffville among neighbors who have become an extended family. Once her children were of school age, she accepted a job in the Simsbury public school system to share the same daily and annual schedule as her daughters and sons. During her many years at SHS, she was an invaluable member of the administrative team. Affectionately known as “Mrs. R”, Diana was more often than not the first face a lost and anxious student would encounter in the “deputy principal’s office”, the amiable voice on the dreaded phone call to parents, the matchmaker. expert tutors for students with extended home stays and senior planner of graduation ceremonies. She carried out these tasks with her characteristic compassion, humor, diplomacy and poise. Diana was also deeply committed to her church, particularly serving the Music Ministry where she served for over 40 years. “With a singing voice” she was a cheerful member of the Chancel Choir and the Women’s Praise Choir, a founding member of the Choral Bells Handbell Choir and a talented page turner for organists. Above all, her greatest treasure was her family, and she was happiest when they were all together for Sunday dinners at home. It is a tradition that they will strive to continue in the wonderful, welcoming and heartwarming way it has done. She will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know, love and be loved by her. Diana is survived by her children, Susan (Greg) Orred, Steven Rutherford, Leslie Ann (Jeff) Reynolds and Dan (Kelly) Rutherford; his grandchildren Wesley, Garrett, Will, Abbey, Calvin, Avery and Colby; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Dan (Kathy) Sayers and Tom (Sherry) Sayers; her special friends Margo and Joyce; his cousins ââSayers and Oliver and several nieces and nephews; her extended families into which her children married (Orreds, Reynolds and Demskis); its neighbors in Tariffville (past, past and present); and his church family. Her children would like to thank McLean’s wonderful caregivers, especially Paula, who helped ease her final months. A celebration of his life will take place in the spring of the new year. Memorial contributions can be made to The First Church of Christ, 680 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070 or to McLean Care of Simsbury, Development Office, 75 Great Pond Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070. Vincent Funeral Home of Simsbury is cared for dispositions.
Posted by Hartford Courant on January 2, 2022.