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Diane McEvilly

April 5, 1937 — March 19, 2024

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Santa Fe - After a well-lived life, longtime Santa Fe resident Diana Adair peacefully left this earth on the first day of spring, to enter, as she said herself, the sky. We are grateful that she was surrounded by friends and family in her final days.

Diana's undauntable spirit was an inspiration to many. She was passionate about too many things to mention, among them travel, literature, music, photography, food, and art.

After a 17-year marriage to Wayne McEvilly, a professor of East Indian philosophy and concert pianist, she bravely constructed a career and home to support her family as a single mother. With determination, she was also able to fulfill some lifelong personal dreams.

Diana loved to explore and savored each travel experience. She preferred slow options over flying. In 1973, she journeyed from Luxembourg to India, taking two months with two children in tow, while coping with their successive bouts of chickenpox. As a Francophile and lover of all the hidden and revealed treasures of cultures, she found her way many times to Europe and Canada where she adored museums and befriended local people.

Back home in Santa Fe, she nurtured her interests and built treasured friendships over the decades while participating in her beloved women's group, a book arts group, two French groups, and a Scandinavian group. She also derived great pleasure from hosting travelers from all over the world at her casita.

Diana embodied lifelong learning, continually expanding her knowledge. She was a voracious reader and art student, studying among other things dream art, bookbinding, lithography, photography, and stained glass making. She was also an avid gardener and cook, a loving human of cats, and an irrepressible sharer of wisdom.

Diana is survived by her children Madeleine McEvilly Durham, Carlos McEvilly, and Miranda McEvilly (Lars Arvestad), and her grandchildren Maya Durham, Annika McEvilly, and Isaac, Emma, and Alexander Arvestad, and many dear friends.

An informal drop-in Memorial Celebration of Life gathering will take place on April 6th. For more information, please call (505) 577-3365. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Scott's House (

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