Cover photo for Diane Archibald O'Hara's Obituary
Diane Archibald O'Hara Profile Photo
1937 Diane 2023

Diane Archibald O'Hara

August 28, 1937 — January 18, 2023

Diane A. O'Hara, 85, of Newport passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Diane was born on August 28, 1937 in Malden, MA to Loring and Margorie (Bayless) Spranker. She was the second of two daughters. Diane grew up in Swampscott, MA and graduated from Swampscott High School in 1955.

Diane met and married the love of her life, George F. O'Hara on May 18, 1957. They were married for 63 years and together raised 7 children. After spending her early years of marriage raising her children, she focused her studies on health care. She graduated from the first Certified Nursing Assistant program in the Vocational Education Program at Roger's High School in Newport. Diane was a Nursing Assistant and private duty caregiver at both Newport Hospital Emergency Department and private residences for over 20 years. Her greatest accomplishment, however, was her life-long contributions to her family as a wife, mother, and homemaker to her husband, children and grandchildren. Her large extended family and friends meant the world to her.

Diane reinvented herself in the last several years by immersing herself in her community and especially the Edward King House Senior Center, a magnificent hub for people over 50 years old in the Newport community. She volunteered at the center as well as taking part in multiple exercise and social activities.

Diane is survived by her children: Terry (Ted) Reagle, Janet (Mike) Healy, Mary (Jim) Mackenzie, George (Kerry) O'Hara, John (Valerie) O'Hara, Ruth (Kevin) Lyons, and her daughter-in-law: Nancey O'Hara Schnelli (Craig Schnelli). She leaves 14 grandchildren: Michael, Steven, Cam, Billy, Liam, John, Elyse, Packy, Anna, Katherine, Sean, Franny, Elia and Abby.

Diane was predeceased by her husband George, her son Bill and her sister, Margie.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Newport Hospital and Hopehealth Hospice.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 4pm-7pm at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 10 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, at Spring and Williams St., Newport. Burial will immediately follow at St. Columba Catholic Cemetery, 465 Brown's Ln., Middletown.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Edward King House Senior Center Memorial Fund, 35 King St., Newport, RI 02840 or, please see website
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Diane Archibald O'Hara, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, January 23, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am

St. Mary's Catholic Church

12 William Street, Newport, RI 02840

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Saturday, March 16, 2024

Memorial Funeral Home

375 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 0

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree