Laurita Forsyth

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Laurita Forsyth
Oct. 3, 1941 - Nov. 7, 2011

Laurita Diane Dunlap Forsyth, 70, of Pasco, died on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at her home after a three-year struggle with cancer.

Diane was born in Walla Walla on Oct. 3, 1941, to Edson and Wanda Dunlap. Diane attended Rogers Elementary School, Walla Walla Valley Academy, and graduated from Walla Walla College (University) in College Place with a major in religion. In 1977 she received a master of arts degree with a major in religion from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Diane pursued advanced studies in spiritual discipline.

On Feb. 18, 1965, she and Robert Joseph Forsyth were married in Brewster, Wash.

Diane lived her dream by teaching in the School of Religion at Walla Walla College, serving as associate pastor at the Walla Walla College Seventh-day Adventist Church, and associate pastor of the Loma Linda University Church in Loma Linda, Calif., and serving as chaplain at Glendale Adventist Hospital in Glendale, Calif. Upon returning to the Northwest, Diane worked for Battelle NW and then Energy Solutions as technical editor in Richland.

A primary focus in her life was Charistis Ministry, "dedicated to the spiritual life development of adults and children." See www.charistis.org. She was passionate about leading people to a closer relationship with God. Her work on behalf of children being in communion with God has led to at least three ongoing programs in Alaska and California, which are continuing with her focus on children's spiritual growth. For adults, Diane conducted many classes in Christian spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines. She profoundly influenced numerous people by serving as their spiritual director. At least one university now teaches classes in Christian spiritual formation, due in part to Diane's influence.

Diane authored three books: MINE THE WORD, a book on how to study the Bible, Coming Together - Experiencing God Through Prayer, and Opening Into Worship - Discovering how each book of the Bible opens into worship. She has also authored numerous magazine articles on various spiritual topics.

Diane's hobbies included reading, art, knitting and crocheting. She loved doing water colors and would often invite young neighborhood children in and helped them draw and do watercolors. She usually had some artsy project underway to help decorate her home or share with a friend. The beach was a favorite get-away for her - especially when her brothers could join her and Bob.

A favorite pastime was cooking and she was a very excellent cook. She loved to surprise Bob with special dishes and enjoyed it when Bob was in the kitchen cooking alongside her.

Diane is survived by her husband, Robert; her brother, Kenneth Dunlap of Battleground, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; a sister, Marie Dunlap; and brothers, Edson Dunlap and Laurin Dunlap.

A memorial service will be at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the Kennewick Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7105 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Private interment will be in Desert Lawn Memorial park in Kennewick. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Kennewick Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7105 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336, for the benefit of Charistis to help continue on with her goal of helping children find a relationship with God.

The family invites you to sign their online guestbook at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.

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