- 65 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 26, 1950
- Place of birth:
New York, New York, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 2, 2015
- Place of passing:
New York, New York, United States
|Life on earth is a temporary illusion. Everything in the physical world is transitory. The only true constant is love - the power that creates and expands.|
"I love you Diane. I really miss you and still can't believe you're gone..."
"My Dearest Diane, friend of my life,
The hole in my heart fills with my love for you and the love I felt from you.
Your spirit lives in those of us whose lives you made better through the your gentle influence. I call upon it every day.
On this the first anniversary of your passing and every day, love and peace unto you."
"Today is the first anniversary of my Sister's passing and still can't believe it actually happened and she is no longer on this Earth with her positivity and love. I just hope she is free from pain and reunited with Dad, Cynthia, and all our loved ones in heaven."
"I had such a short contact with her but Diane was someone that you do not easily forget. Her face and smile say it all. Glad to have known her that brief time. RIP Diane"
"My dear Diane,
I have a particular thought for you in this special day of your birthday.
I am sure you're celebrating it well in heaven! :)
I miss you very much. But I know you are in a better place since a little more than 10 months now.
Happy birthday dear Diane!
I love you from the bottom of my heart."
"“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”"
"This is from Elena Vapnitchnaia, who is doing the Camino pilgrimage walk: 'I was thinking a lot about Diane Bailey today. She has done the Camino Portuguese on a bike. I am so sorry I have not come to the hospital to say good-bye, nor to the memorial service at the UN. I am dedicating tomorrow's walk to her. I will try to be as gentle, kind, accepting, patient and graceful as she was. (I take back the graceful part). Diane, tomorrow is for you.'"
"I love you very much and I will miss you Diane Bailey. But I know your beautiful soul lives on. I am deeply blessed to have had you as my first boss at UN Radio. To have had you as a friend. You comforted me during my sister's illness and after her passing. Until we meet again my friend, may you RIP."
"The following message of condolence was sent from Ambassador Joseph Legwaila, who had been the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) when Diane was there:
It was with profound sadness that I learnt of the untimely passing of Diane Bailey who served in UNMEE in Ethiopia and Eritrea a few years ago with so much dedication and distinction. She leaves behind a legacy of selfless service to mankind of which you should both be proud and comforted. May her blessed soul rest in eternal peace."
"Girl, I almost sent you an email last night. Guess what you would say to me had I told this to you. You would say, it happens. At your house the Thursday before Mother's Day, you said to me, Patricka, isn't it strange that Catherine's not here. I asked you what you said and you repeated it. I shared this with your friend Faye that evening. Diane, I was frightened by that statement and knew then that you were traveling. A few months prior, you said to me, "Patricka isn't it strange that Catherine and I have the same birthday and that we both have cancer." You see my dear, you were giving me hints long before the doctor told you the cancer had metastasized all over and that you have 7 months to live or perhaps 1 year if you take chemo. I was so pissed with doctor. Playing G-d. I did not like chemo either and told you what one of my cousins, a doctor, once told me when my son had cancer. I said to you, he said that if you love somebody, you would not let them have chemo. He was right then but may be wrong now. Many people have out lived 5 times over proving the doctors wrong. One morning, I woke up and called you to say, you may want to consider chemo, you said, Patricka, that is what my sisters are saying and sometimes you sound like like them. We miss you darling but happy that you are in a better place and not here to read about the scandal with the mafia selling out Times Square and the money going to Rudy Giuliani's office. Destroy one Mafia family for his own. Am writing to you because I miss you and happy that I knew you and was able to spend time with you on your last leg of the run to the most popular destination on this dimentable vale of hope we call - Earth."
"I met Diane in 1997 when I was assigned to her unit after passing a competitive placement exam. I had started in her absence and was feeling anxious and insecure about starting a new job that I didn't know the first thing about. Then she returned from her summer vacation and came to introduce herself. She was a small woman, looking younger than her age, wearing a simple white t-shirt, slightly rumpled, but she had this enormous presence that filled the room. Yet far from being intimidating, she was gentle and reassuring. I immediately felt better about my prospects as a radio journalist.
As a manager Diane encouraged collaboration and sharing of ideas. She never assumed she had the one right answer and was always willing to listen to others. As a result, our unit's daily coordination meetings became the envy of the section as we could always be heard laughing and enjoying each other's company. Diane's overriding quality, which I have heard others mention, too, was humility. She always saw and valued the strengths in others. Her criticism was always constructive. And she loved to foster young people. Our unit was teeming with interns, to the point that I can't remember half of them, but she was always there for them and often kept in touch with them after they left.
Most importantly, she treated her staff as people first. Now that I am a supervisor myself, I realize that I learned from her to put my staff's needs first and my manager's second, because it is my job to give them the confidence and the environment to deliver their best.
Over the years, Diane and I became friends. We often talked about our sons and found surprising parallels in our experience. We kept in touch after she retired. Even if we didn't see each other very often, I knew I could always count on her, and indeed, she was the first person I called outside my family when my son died. Even though she was dealing with her own health issues, after that she always made a point of calling me and making plans to do something together.
Even the last time I saw her at her home, despite her grim prognosis and deteriorating condition, she continued to be generous in her attention and empathy. What will I do without her now? Who will I call when the next tragedy strikes? My world is that much smaller without her generous presence.
There is a saying that to know that even one life has breathed easier because of you is to have succeeded. Diane, you have succeeded."
You are a beautiful soul. I am glad to have met you. May you rest in heaven."
"Like a butterfly in flight,
you drifted off to paradise
A journey to the rainbows end,
leaving broken hearts to mend." - Beryl Edmonds
Thanks for the friendship. I miss you dearly.
My Diane (1964)
Say Something (2013)
Untitled by Emily Dickinson (1830-1856)
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
My treasured friend,
May your loving, giving and graceful soul
rest in light and eternal peace.
"Diane was my friend ever since starting to work in the Visitors Section in 1979. There was an instant bond of like minds, an affinity of sensibilities and shared sentiments and a mutual understanding of our respective challenges in dealing with and making sense of the rigors of life. I found in my friend a gentleness, a stoicism, a dignity and grace, and a quiet but firm approach to her life. She was an exceptionally strong woman whose outward demeanor never betrayed the deeper layers of her life which were not always easy for her. I admired Diane's seemingly effortless ability as a single mom able to both raise her beautiful son Cedric and rise to the top of her career at the United Nations, although those close to her knew what fortitude it took to effectively and successfully accomplish both tasks.
I shall dearly miss my friend, one of those rare jewels who knew how to listen, empathize, sustain her friends through their difficulties and offer such sage and Buddha-like advice when needed. She was indeed a very special and deserving woman whose life in this world made such a big difference to those who had the privilege to know her and love her.
To quote an appropriate source, Mr. Dag Hammarskjold, whose words embody the character of our dear Diane:
" We are not permitted to choose he frame of our destiny, But what we put into it is ours."
"If only I may grow - firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer."
"i believe that we should die with decency so that at least decency will survive.""
"All that knew and Loved Diane
Understood that she was one of God Heavenly Angels on earth.
God gave us a special moment on earth with her presence.
She was the kind of person who would take from her self to help you and comfort you when you where in need.
There are so many things that made her so special to us.
It would take volumes to list them.
I am going to remember her for the rest of my life and take the loving words and teaching she showed and enlighten me with until the father God brings me home to be with her again.
I MISS HER SO MUCH AND KNOW THAT SHE IS NOW IN THE ARMS OF THE HOLY FATHER.
WITH ALL MY LOVE MISSING YOU DIANE (My LADYBIRD) I plan to see you again when my time comes....."
"My dear Diane "the elder" (as you signed some of you emails), I just want you to know that I will try my best to keep on living in a positive attitude because I know that this is what you would have wanted me to do. For this, for my beloved brother Cedric but also for you, I will remain as strong as I have to, and smile at you as often as possible.
I love you forever."
"dear friend miss you so much
youre in my heart and my mind every minit
sleep in peace"
""What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."
Rest in Peace Diane."
We are very sad to know this. It is always difficult to part with the people we love, but you must think of all the good moments you spent with Diane. And we are very pleased to know that we were able to contribute a little bit for your good memories. Thank you for sharing that with us.
We often remember of you both, your energy and love for each other. It was a beautiful experience. Now you must be strong and, as you say, maintain her beautiful spirit.
We wish you all the best"
as expressed by Jose and Cristina (guides/hosts for the mountain bike ride to Santiago de Compostela)"
"Diane, you are missed, along with your wonderful smile and spirit."
"Sleep and Rest my dear Friend on your father's that went before breast. What said he to you when he saw you. My baby, you are home - welcome to paradise. What a welcome party? How lovely to be pain free, cancer free, and to use your strategic skill for peace and 'clarity' I can image the sparkle in your eyes, the smile on your face, this place that filled with joy and happiness around you. You may be gone from the physical presence of us earthlings, however you will always be with us. We see you in the streets, in the leaves, the rain, the sun, the moon and stars and the air we breathe. You are so loved."
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