Diane E. Killam

  • Born: December 30, 1944
  • Died: February 19, 2021
  • Location: Hampstead, New Hampshire

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

mail@robinsonfuneralhome.com
Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family


Diane E. (Mackey) Killam, a resident of Hampstead, NH and former longtime resident of Melrose, MA passed away peacefully at home on February 19, 2021, at age 76.

Diane was born in Beverly, MA on December 30, 1944, one of three daughters of John R. Mackey and Mary E. (Goyetche) Mackey. Raised in Beverly, she graduated from Beverly High School and was married to David J. Killam on June 12, 1965. They settled in Melrose to raise a family of two daughters.

Diane attended secretarial school and began her working life at Boston Safe Deposit and Trust. She worked for several years as the Office Manager at Gray's Appliance in Melrose. Diane opened California Concepts health salon in 1988 as nutrition and health were always a passion for her. In her later years she re-entered the workforce as a temporary employee working at Metcalf & Eddy in Wakefield. From there she was sought after by the State Unemployment office where they created a position just for her. She retired from the state in 2011.

Diane was a longtime active member and past Worthy Matron of the Melrose Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a passionate supporter of the Eastern Star Scholarship Fund. Diane also served as Past Deputy Marshall for the O.E.S. and was a member of the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church for many years.

A North Shore native, Diane was raised with an appreciation and love for the ocean and maintained her connection to the beach and ocean her entire life. As a grandmother she found particular joy in returning to her roots at Lynch Park in Beverly for beach days spent with her beloved grandchildren. She was always a ready and willing participant in her grandchildren's activities and enjoyed bringing a smile to their faces.

With an open heart and easy smile, Diane always accepted people for who they were and made them her friends. Diane loved keeping a stylish house and enjoyed watching thriller and true crime television shows. She enjoyed reading about history, the civil war and World War 2. She loved to travel across the country by train and taking cruises. More recently Diane was blessed to find many meaningful connections and new friendships while attending programs at Senior Class in Hampstead. Diane was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Diane was the beloved wife of David J. Killam with whom she shared nearly 56 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Deborah & David Hobson of New Hampshire and Dawn & James Sigona of North Carolina. Caring sister of Nancy Pavia and her husband Jack of Beverly, and Janet Stead and her husband Dr. William Stead of Nashville, TN. Cherished grandmother of Samantha J. Hobson and James M. Hobson of New Hampshire. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered.

Out of respect and concern for public health, Diane's Funeral Service will be livestreamed. If you wish to watch the service, please click on the below link on Friday, February 26 at 10am: https://my.gather.app/remember/diane-killam

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Senior Class, 201 State Route 111, Hampstead, NH 03841 (603) 329-4401. To leave a message of love and support for the family, visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

David, you and Diane are in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Steve and Donna Blake - Lynn, MA - Friend   March 06, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Diane's passing. We love you all and are thinking of you during this time!

Posted by Elizabeth Stead - Nashville, TN - Family   February 27, 2021

Such a beautiful service, my deepest condolences to you all .
Such a fabulous letter Deb, well done!
I'm sure my parents will welcome your Mom with open arms in heaven.

Posted by Linda Stretton-Durfee - Londonderry, NH - Friend   February 26, 2021

Beautiful service and beautiful Lady. Condolences to the family. Debbie you were awesome.

Posted by Jean Perry - Hampstead, NH - Neighbor   February 26, 2021

Dave and Family....My best to you at this time....I have wonderful memories of years past and know how much you will miss her. My thoughts are with you..

Posted by Brad Hutchinson - Melrose, MA - Friend   February 25, 2021

David and family: Diane was a special friend to my mother (Marion Ewell) and became a special friend of mine. I will miss our talks and telephone calls. She was a wonderful person.

Posted by Joanne Runne - Lynn, MA - Friend   February 25, 2021

Dave and family I am so sorry for your loss I know how difficult it can be. My prayers and condolences to you all.

Posted by Arthur Hayden - Reading, MA - Friend   February 24, 2021

From our Staff and Students (David's Dancing Family), We send our deepest condolences to David, Dawn, Debbie and family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Debbie Ulbrich - Salem, NH - Friend   February 24, 2021

Shared a lot of good times with Diane. She will surely be missed. Will see you again some day, Diane.

Posted by Richard Sonier - Belleview, FL - Family Friend   February 24, 2021

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I am so very sorry to have to say good bye to such a dear friend. To David, Debbie, Dawn and their families, we are very sorry for your loss. Diane was such a special part of our family, not only as one of our most special friends, but also as J.R.'s godmother. We are happy that she is now out of pain and at peace, but we will miss her very much. Love to you all, Anna, Larry, J.R. and Aiden.

Posted by Anna, Larry, and J.R. Craig - Newburyport, MA - Family Friend   February 24, 2021

So sorry to hear of Diane's passing. Have so many great memories of her especially time spent when we had sleepovers at my parents home. We send our prayers and hugs for all of you.

Posted by Sheila and Dave Swasey - Colorado Springs, CO - Friend   February 24, 2021

My deepest condolences for a family who were my friends and great neighbors. I am very grateful to have spent time to know her as a wonderful person. My prayers go out to David, Debbie and Dawn.

Posted by Jim Schiavone - Melrose, MA - Friend   February 24, 2021

Diane, you are missed today and will be missed in the days that follow by your friends at Senior Class. Your smile lit up our Center, your kindness and friendships with participants and staff warmed our souls and gave us something to always look forward to. David, thank you for being such a shining example for others with your devoted caregiving. Those who have observed that have grown immeasurably and will one day use the skills they saw you employ as they are caregivers themselves. God Bless Diane in heaven and David, Deb, and Dawn and their families here on earth.

Posted by Linda Steir - Hampstead, NH - Friend   February 24, 2021

David Dawn and Debbie so sorry for the passing of your mom thoughts and prayers are with u all during this difficult time god bless hugs

Posted by Kathryn Graham - MELROSE, MA - Friend   February 23, 2021

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Love you Mom. Thank you, you're always on my mind and in my heart.

Posted by Dawn Killam - NC - Family   February 22, 2021

I'm so sorry for Diane's passing. I work with her at Gray's Appliance. We had so much fun together. Rest In Peace Diane, you will be missed.

Posted by Debra Connors - Melrose, MA - Friend   February 22, 2021

David and family so sorry about the passing of diane my heart breaks she was a great friend to me thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time god bless

Posted by Kathryn Graham - MELROSE, MA - Friend   February 22, 2021


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