The exact date is unknown, but in July of 1997, Diane traveled to Rapid City and spoke with her cousin Agnes LaCroix Mousel about their family history. Diane learned from Agnes and the other women in her family that you should, "work hard, complain little, laugh as often as you can. Cry only when you bury a parent or a child. No matter what happens, make the best of it. And always, always, place the family first."