Date of Birth: 01/30/1933
Date of Death: 07/13/2015
Services:Memorial Service Monday (7-20-15) 10:30 AM at All Saints Episcopal Church, Omaha, Nenraska.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials to the National Fragile X Foundation.
“One of my mother’s gifts was her ability to be happy, regardless of the
situation,” said her daughter, Kristy Dooling of Omaha. “She was a wonderful
wife, mother and friend. She was a very special lady.”
The wife of Dr. William Hamsa, Jr., Diane was the daughter of the late
Richard H. Young and Katherine Doorly Young Clark, as well as the granddaughter
of World-Herald Publisher, Henry Doorly. A graduate of the University
of Nebraska and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, she
also was an elementary school teacher and a tireless community volunteer.
Among her activities were The Henry Doorly Zoo Board, The Omaha
Hearing School Board, The Ak-Sar-Ben Women’s Ball Committee, The Junior
League of Omaha, and Fraxa Research Foundation.
She loved golf, tennis, horseback riding and especially gardening. Her
three favorite flowers were her daughters Heidi Wilke of Omaha, Kristy
Dooling of Omaha, and Megan Massey of Scottsbluff.
Survivors include her husband Dr. William Hamsa of Omaha; her daughters
Heidi, Kristy, and Megan; her sister, Gail Koch and her husband, Harry A.
Koch of Omaha; her twin sister, Daphne Fletcher and her husband, Dick of
Scottsdale Az; sons-in-law Jeff Wilke, Rick Dooling, and John Massey; eight
grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by
her sister Susan Charlton and husband, Dr. J. Kipp Charlton.
The family would like to thank the staff at Brighton Gardens and Serene
Care Hospice for their dedication and support.