Dianne Stroope Kelsch, 74, of Ennis passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She was born May 30, 1937, in Waxahachie to G.O. Stroope and Annie (Atkins) Stroope.

Dianne loved antiques, shopping for, refinishing and giving away the antiques she had. She also loved to dance and spend many hours dancing the day and night away with friends. She was gifted with a wonderful voice and sang in the church choir for many years, often performing solos during the services. Dianne was a lifelong Methodist and member of the First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie and the Sunday School Class. She graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1955 and received her bachelorís degree in education from the University of North Texas. She spent many years as a teacher and then went on to work as a social worker with Child Protective Services for 18 years.†

Survivors include one daughter, Marianne Childress of Red Oak; one son, Mark Vernon and wife, Deanna, of Corinth; four grandchildren, Jennifer Childress, Aaron Vernon, Kayleigh Crow and Caleb Crow; three brothers, Don Stroope, Oscar Stroope and Jack Stroope; and one sister, Ruby Hayes.† Dianne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clyde Kelsch; and six brothers, Thomas Stroope, James Stroope, Bobby Joe Stroope, John (Johnny) Stroope, Jewel Stroope and O.T. Stroope.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie. The family will receive visitors at the church at 10 a.m. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Red Oak Cemetery.††

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.