Diane Joyce Bussey was born June 19, 1951 at Mitchell, SD, to Gene and Bernice (Powers) Altman. Diane grew up in Kimball, SD, and graduated from Kimball High School. She was a puppeteer and motivational speaker and created handmade puppets and gave performances throughout the state of South Dakota and was known as the “Puppet Lady”. She felt her main purpose in life was to “let her light shine” and to help people be all they were meant to be. She attended the Mitchell Wesleyan Church in Mitchell.
Diane is survived by her parents, Gene and Bernice Altman, Kimball, SD; two sons: Travis (Gretchen) Palm and Jason Palm, both of Austin, TX; one daughter, Wendy Anderson of Wilmington, NC; two brothers: Dwayne (Bonnie) Altman of Kimball, SD, Doug Altman of Mitchell, SD; and four grandchildren: Ella, Maddy, Alison and Zachary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Danny, a baby daughter, Tammy Ann and one brother, Dennis Altman.