Celebration of Life for Councilmember Diane Linver

Celebration of Life for Former Councilmember Diane Linver
Posted on 03/27/2019
Celebration of Life for Councilmember Linver

A celebration of life will be held for former Lenexa City Councilmember Diane Linver on Saturday, April 27. The event is open to those who knew Diane and will begin at 11 a.m. at Lenexa City Hall (17101 W. 87th Street Parkway). Parking is available in the civic campus garage.

Councilmember Linver, who passed away on March 2, 2019, was one of the longest-serving members of the Lenexa City Council. Elected to represent Ward 2 in 1989, she served on Lenexa City Council for 28 years.

During her nearly three decades of service, Diane made remarkable contributions to our community. She advocated for a number of projects and had a particular interest in the arts and nature. She enthusiastically supported Lenexa Arts Council programs and events, including the rotating art shows at City Hall. Her love of the outdoors was evident when discussing parks and landscaping.

She helped facilitate Lenexa’s growth west of I-435, and supported the annexation of new areas in the early- and mid-1990s, while being sensitive to and protective of retaining much of the rural character of existing development. During her tenure on City Council, the Vision 2020 and Vision 2030 strategic plans were conceptualized and the groundwork was laid for Lenexa City Center. As a councilmember, she was key to many of these discussions and was a strong supporter of high-quality, well-planned growth.

She served on the National League of Cities Human Development Committee from 1998 to 2013 and twice served as this committee’s vice chair. She was honored in 2009 with the E.A. Mosher Excellence in Local Government Award by the League of Kansas Municipalities for her dedication to public service.

Diane was active in a number of other local organizations including the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, Lenexa Historical Society, Lenexa Optimist Club, Olathe School District Youth Friends, Safehome, Arts and Humanities Association of Johnson County, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board of Johnson County, Monticello Community Historical Society, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City Public Television, Johnson County Community Corrections Advisory Board, and Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused Children.

Published March 27, 2019