Diane Joyce Bussey


June 19, 1951 - September 8, 2016



Diane Joyce Bussey was born June 19, 1951 at Mitchell, SD, to Gene and Bernice (Powers) Altman.  Diane grew up in Kimball, SD, and graduated from Kimball High School.  She was a puppeteer and motivational speaker and created handmade puppets and gave performances throughout the state of South Dakota and was known as the “Puppet Lady”.  She felt her main purpose in life was to “let her light shine” and to help people be all they were meant to be.  She attended the Mitchell Wesleyan Church in Mitchell.

Diane is survived by her parents, Gene and Bernice Altman, Kimball, SD; two sons: Travis (Gretchen) Palm and Jason Palm, both of Austin, TX; one daughter, Wendy Anderson of Wilmington, NC; two brothers: Dwayne (Bonnie) Altman of Kimball, SD,  Doug Altman of Mitchell, SD; and four grandchildren: Ella, Maddy, Alison and Zachary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Danny, a baby daughter, Tammy Ann and one brother, Dennis Altman.



Monday, September 12, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, September 13, 2016
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mizpah Cemetery
Plankinton, South Dakota

Posted by Myran Julie Jarmon on September 13, 2016
The Bussey family and friends have my deepest sympathy. It's sad, but most of us have had to endure the sorrow of losing a loved one in death. What helped me the most was prayer and faith in Jehovah God's (Psalms 83:18) promises like found here at Psalm 34: 18 and it tells us: "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises including the resurrection. (John 5: 28 John 6: 40) The family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences. Feel free to contact me if you wish at my email address; myranj@centurytel.net
Posted by linda heath on September 12, 2016
i treasure my two puppets that diane made for me many years ago. We had many mutual interests. Her love of the lord and her faith were always strong and she was always willing to witness and share with others. May god grant she and your family peace.
Posted by Brigitte Palm on September 10, 2016
We will always love you .. Take care of all the Angels.. Be free from pain.. Until we meet again.. So many great memories..
Brigitte, Zackary and Zander
Posted by Gene and Barb Hedberg on September 10, 2016
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Posted by Jack Earl on September 10, 2016
I am so sad to here of Diane's passing and am so blessed to know this special lady and our talks and Shareing our faith in our Saviour Jesus. I know she is enjoying her rewards in Heaven. My thoughts are with her family.
Posted by Ruth Altman on September 10, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Diane was a special lady! I always loved talking with her. Always had a kind word to say. Heaven gained an angel. I will cherish the memories of Diane.
My your strength in God carry you all. Rest in peace Diane.
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