OVEC Mourns Passing of a Founder, Dianne Bady
Dianne Bady, 67, succumbed to cancer on October 23, 2017 at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, WV. Her husband Rick, her son Aaron, her sister Monica McFarland, and OVEC staff members were with her in her final hours.
For those of you who knew Dianne Bady and didn’t already know, we are so sorry to inform you in this manner of her passing. To all who attended the celebration of her life, thank you!
In 1987, thirty years ago, Dianne was a founder of OVEC; OVEC is Dianne’s legacy.
“My husband, Rick, and I were new here, and when we started OVEC, we didn’t know it was supposed to be impossible.” That’s what Dianne told a Huntington Herald Dispatch reporter for a November 25, 2012 article about OVEC’s 25th anniversary titled “Environmental group enjoying regional success.”
She also told the reporter, “The only way you can win on environmental issues is if the power of organized people is greater than the power of organized money.”
Dianne was a leader in the movement to end mountaintop removal coal mining. She spent the final years of her life learning all she could about renewable energy, fracking, pipelines, the Rogersville Shale (as evidenced in OVEC’s publication Renew West Virginia), and the concept of the Appalachian Storage Hub, touted by the fracked-gas industry.
We reckon Dianne would have been as gob-smacked as the rest of us at the latest pipeline news—WV DEP waives water review authority, paving way for Mountain Valley Pipeline—and she would have been working with others on next steps, as will we!
We can honor Dianne’s legacy by carrying on her work for environmental justice, wherever we live.
If you would like to share a remembrance, people have been commenting here: OVEC Mourns Loss of Founder Dianne Bady.
Dianne’s son Aaron wrote this moving obituary.
Donations to OVEC in remembrance of Dianne may be made online or via check:
PO Box 6753
Huntington, WV 25573-6753
Photo above by Janet Keating.
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