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Janesville woman opts for party rather than funeral

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A Janesville woman does not want her family and friends to go through the stress of a funeral.  

So instead, 52-year-old Diana Purdy Brown is having a party on Sunday, where she'll tell people how much they've meant to her.  

Brown was diagnosed this fall with an inoperable pancreatic cancer. Doctors told her she'd have up to nine months to live. However, the cancer is spreading fast and she doesn't believe she'll be around that long -- so she's making the most of each day.  

Brown achieved a long-time desire by getting a tattoo which honors her parents. She took her four children on a cruise. And she still frets about the idea that she'll see a lot of people for the final time on Sunday.  

Brown tells the Janesville Gazette she can't be happy about that.  

At Sunday's party, there will be music and lots of memories. Her two daughters wrote letters that will be read. Anyone who ever knew Diana Purdy Brown is urged to attend.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)