Diane Kimbell, age 60, of the Johns Creek area of Suwanee, died Monday, May 23, 2011 following a lengthy illness. She was born in Spalding County, March 22, 1951, daughter of the late John Roger Kimbell, Sr., and Janet Goodman Kimbell. Diane was a 1969 graduate of Jackson High School. She graduated from the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in 1972. She was employed by the Atlanta Cardiology Group and Dr. Fred Rose, retiring after 18 years of service. She later attended and graduated from the Mercer University Nursing program and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was a Nurse Surveyor for the State of Georgia until ill health forced her retirement. Diane enjoyed her work in the field of nursing. She also enjoyed gardening and loved animals. Survivors include her sisters and brothers, Anita and Bruce Nelson, of Jackson, Barbara Castleberry, of Marietta, Janet and Grady Jackson, of Rome, Candice and John Griffith, of Canton, Kay Smart, of Athens, Debra Kimbell, of Bremen, Dean Kimbell, John and Patti Kimbell all of Jackson; nieces and nephews, Robin Taylor, John Castleberry, Donna Wess, Chris Ballard, Dean Kimbell, Jr., Joy Singleton, Christian Griffith, Dr. DeeDee Smart, Major Shane Smart, J.R. Kimbell, Austin Kimbell and Kaleigh Kimbell, and her beloved dogs, Rico and Snuggles. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m., at the graveside in Jackson City Cemetery with Dr. Benny Tate officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and at other times at the residence of Anita and Bruce Nelson, in Jackson. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Butts County Animal Control for feed for the animals, 158 Bibb Station Road, Jackson, Ga., 30233 or the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 4600 East West Highway, Suite 525, Bethesda, Md., 20814. Those desiring may read the obituary and sign the online guest book by going to www.haistenfuneral.com. Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, is in charge of arrangements.