Diane C. Hilliard


Diane C. Hilliard, age 83, of Painted Post, NY passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. 


Diane was born on November 29, 1937 in Corning, NY to Vincent and Dorothy Sonner.  She married the first love of her life, Roger Easterbrook, in October 1957, and he predeceased her in 1980. Diane then married the second love of her life, William Hilliard, in December 1990, and she was predeceased by William in 1996. 


Diane graduated from Corning Northside High school in 1956. She was a 31-year member of Beta Sigma Phi. Diane worked at the Corning AAA office and retired as the office supervisor with over 25 years of service. She also served many years in Quota Club and 10 years with Hospital Chapter. She truly loved each and every club she was involved with and made long lasting and treasured friendships as she served.


Diane was an avid NASCAR fan, Richard Petty being her favorite driver. She was a Petty fan club member for many years. She enjoyed traveling to several of the different tracks each season. Diane also enjoyed watching her NY Giants football.


Diane is survived by her step-sons: William (Melody) Hilliard and Brian (Dawn) Hilliard; her sisters-in-law:  Vernell Sonner and Jane Sonner; as well as nieces, nephews, and several grandchildren. Diane was a Godmother to many.


Diane was also predeceased by her brothers, Jack Sonner and Raymond (Chuck) Sonner.


Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 4th from 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning. The funeral service will immediately follow at Noon with Father Mathew Jones officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Diane's name to a charity of your choice.


Diane’s family entrusted her care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.