Write your own eulogy.
Diane Marie will be missed by many people. Not by just her family. That goes without saying. She was a good mother to her daughter Sabrina, a good mother-in-law to her son-in-law Clint, and a loving grandmother, Nana, to her granddaughters Jackie and Cassie. They used to go to the movies and out to eat and shopping together–grandmother and teenaged girl things. She bought them special gifts, like tickets to their first concert, the Taylor Swift concert that is coming up in May. She made them scarves out of yarn, and gave them ornaments each Christmas to have a start on their own Christmas ornament collections for when they leave home. She loved these two girls more than life itself.
She also loved her Native American family, especially Estevon and Bear. She first met Estevon when she was seven years old. Este had just entered the second grade and Diane Marie became Este’s mentor and friend and watched her grow and mature into the amazing young woman she has become. Este is now about to graduate from university and I know Diane Marie is so proud of Este for all the hard work she has done and for what she has achieved both in school and in her personal life. Diane Marie has known Bear since before he was before. She came to his parents’ wedding and she watched him as a tiny infant and now he has become a fine young man. She has seen him through his illnesses and I know she prays his days of illness are finally over. She is proud of him too and what he is becoming. And she is proud of their parents and the way they have raised these two wonderful young people.
Diane Marie will also be missed by the young primary school students she has tutored throughout the years in the Northside Independent School District through the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program that pairs seniors with primary students who need help with learning to read. Diane Marie devoted an hour each week to a student who needed help and they read books and played word games and wrote sentences and drew picture and gradually learned to read. She was proud of the work she did there and she helped many children as they tackled the mysterious world of the written word.
But perhaps the area in which Diane will be most missed is in her work with CASA, the Court-Appointed Special Advocated for children in San Antonio. She took several cases and worked tirelessly for “her” neglected children to have safe, loving, permanent homes. She also worked for CASA as a Peer Coordinator to other advocates, helping them on their cases, giving advice and listening to their ideas and helping where she could, taking some of the burden of supervision from her supervisor. CASA was very dear to her heart and she will be missed by her children and colleagues.
She will also be missed at her masjid, where she worshiped and attended lectures and classes with the sisters of the masjid and participated in raising money for refugees in Palestine and collecting shoes for the Palestinian refugees.
Diane Marie lived a very full life. She will even be missed by her two animal companions, Ernie and Ralphy, whom she rescued through the Japanese Chin Rescue group. They will go to another home through that group and receive the love that Diane Marie gave them, but they will miss her.
Everyone whose life was touched by Diane Marie will miss her. What finer tribute to a life is there than that?