On the evening of June 21st, 2021, Diane Louise (Terhaar) Idland passed away unexpectedly at the McCone County Health Center. She was 66 years old.
Diane was born in Circle, Montana on November 12th, 1954, to Jerome and Geraldine Terhaar, fourth in a line of 10 kids (Nick, Mary, Jean, Eileen, Patricia, Michael, Mark, Ken and Kathy). Music played an important role in the family’s upbringing and continues to this very day. She spent her school years in Miles City, Montana where she graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1973. In 1975 she met and married Sven Idland back in Circle. They complimented one another harmoniously, each making up for the other’s shortcomings as they built a beautiful life, family and business together on the banks of Sioux Creek. Together they were best friends, and it was rare to see one without the other. By 1983, Sven and Diane had 4 kids together (Shasta, Marteen, Ivan and Svain). In 1991, Diane was reunited with her firstborn son who she gave up for adoption in 1973 (Dairen Driskell). He later gave her 4 grandkids. Sven and Diane would go on to spend 46 years together on the farm, watching their crops, cattle, garden and family grow. They eventually welcomed 7 grandchildren into the world (Jade, Caleb, Cylar, Cabry, Nathan, Daisy and Liv). She loved her grandkids more than words can describe and followed, with pride, all their talents and accomplishments from sports to scholarship, to music and art.
During high school she worked at the nursing home in Miles City, and for several years was a Jazzercise instructor in both Glendive and Circle, teaching with contagious energy and enthusiasm. Throughout her life, Diane was a lover of horses, gardening, sewing, and cooking delicious food, all while living a full and busy life on the farm as a right-hand man to Sven. She was the queen of hospitality, welcoming anyone into her home and heart with joy, a home-cooked meal and great conversation. For 20 years, she operated a seasonal “Bed and Grub” for hunters who were able to enjoy her many dynamic talents. She was truly one of the easiest people in the world to talk with. Those of us who knew Diane remember her energy, vibrance and enthusiasm for life. She would say, “Work is a blessing,” and happily pulled more than her fair share of the load. She was everyone’s biggest cheerleader, especially for her kids and grandkids. She had the absolute gift of gab and could make a perfect stranger feel like a lifelong friend. Diane was truly one of a kind and the silence of her absence will be deafening for a long time to come. Those of us who knew and loved her will consider ourselves blessed beyond measure to have experienced the strong, loving, nurturing, joyful force of nature that was Diane.
We will miss you, Mom. Your laughter will echo in our hearts for a lifetime, and every time we hear a meadowlark or see a beautiful garden in bloom or have accomplished something that would make you proud we will think of you and remember how lucky we are to have been touched by your love. Thank you so much for your love.
Diane is preceded in death by her mother and father, Jerome and Geraldine Terhaar, sister Patty Jesso, and niece Shavaun Hudoba. Her survivors include husband, Sven Idland; children, Shasta (Mike) Senner, Marteen (Cody) Taylor, Ivan and Svain Idland, Dairen (Jennifer) Driskell; and grandchildren, Jade, Caleb, Cylar, Cabry, Nathan, Daisy and Liv along with Chase Idland, Tahnee, Kristen and Kalen. Brothers include Nick, Mike, Mark and Ken and sisters, Mary, Jean, Eileen and Kathy.
Viewing will be held at Stevenson’s Funeral Home in Circle, MT on June 24 from 5-8pm. Funeral services will take place at the Evangelical Church in Circle on Saturday, June 26th at 2:00 pm. In Lieu of flowers, please donate to cause that was near and dear to Diane’s heart, The Shavaun Fund at www.inspirethehurch.com/shavaunfund to combat substance abuse and promote mental health.