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Diana  K. McGregor

Diana K. McGregor

Dec 1, 1945 - Mar 19, 2023

Diana K. McGregor - Obituary


iana Kathleen McGregor (born Hovelmeier), 77, of Annapolis, Maryland, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, died at home under hospice care on Sunday, March 19, 2023. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 1, 1945, to the late Doreen Catherine (Lacey) Hovelmeier and the late Charles Gerhard Hovelmeier, she was a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where she met the love of her life, Alastair J.H. McGregor, on the set of a university musical production. Diana and Alastair were married in 1970, when she emigrated from South Africa to join her husband as he worked in the Niagara region of New York State. They settled in Lewiston, New York, where they raised three children and lived for more than 35 years until retiring to the Annapolis, Maryland area in 2006. During their time in Lewiston, Diana worked for almost thirty years as a paralegal for her dear friend, the late Whitney W. Mallam of the Niagara Falls, New York law firm Mallam, Mansour & Hager. She was also an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Niagara Falls, where she served many roles over the years, with some of her favorites being youth group leader and religious education teacher. Upon retiring to Annapolis, Diana became a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Eastport and delighted in her vocation as a full-time grandparent. In addition to her husband Alastair, Diana is survived by her children and their spouses, Katherine and Marcus Dent of Annapolis, Timothy McGregor and Jessica McHugh of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Max McGregor of Annapolis; her beloved grandchildren, Pepe, Isaiah, Christian, and Thomas Dent; her brother Thomas (Myrna) Hovelmeier of Durban, South Africa; and her uncle-in-law and family patriarch, Dr. Maurice McGregor of Montreal, Quebec. She was predeceased by her brother Kenneth Hovelmeier. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Myrna (the late Kenneth) Hovelmeier and Fenella (Alison Partridge) Trevillion, and brother-in-law Peter (Helen) McGregor; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and dear friend Bonnie Mallam and her family. Family and friends will be received from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 1101 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21403. A celebration of Diana’s life will follow immediately thereafter at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or the Hospice of the Chesapeake. Online tributes and condolences can be made by using the memories link on the left.