Diane Ray DeCuir, age 75, passed away on October 15, 2019. She was born on August 30, 1944, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Diane is preceded in death by her parents, Shirley and Anita Donnell of Wichita Falls, and her beloved dog of 17 years, Buffy.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Lionel (Waldo) DeCuir of Waxahachie; three brothers, Shirley Donnell of Wichita Falls and wife Marie, Robert (Edgie) Donnell of San Diego and wife Beverly, Ben Donnell of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Marilyn Harrison of Oklahoma City and her husband Blake and niece Anita Kay Harrison, Kathyrn Foster of La Vernia, Texas and her husband Jim; cousin, Mike Crocker of Wichita Falls and wife Patty; Diane's brother-in-law David DeCuir of Chicago, III. and wife Claudia. Diane's very dear and special friend Anna Mendioia will always hold a special place in the hearts of Diane's family. Also survived by several cousins and eight nieces and seven nephews and countless friends.
Diane was an advocate for mental health and helped so many with mental illness. Her own struggles with bipolar and OCD made her aware of the difficulties that so many faced with the acute lack of mental health resources. The last seven years of her life were spent in various nursing homes, and she was a strong advocate for residents and staff in nursing homes.
Diane loved to do volunteer work for nonprofit organizations like the Waxahachie YMCA, SPCA and was a founding member and supporter of the United Way of West Ellis County, March of Dimes and others.
Her greatest love was the neighborhood children that visited Diane in her home. They visited her often and presented her with flowers they picked in the yard. She loved to hold them in her arms, talk to them, and teach some of them to play the piano. She had a unique way to love and help all the children that she came in contact with.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the SPCA or mental health organization would be appreciated in memory of Diane.
A small gathering of family and close friends will hold a little memorial service for Diane at Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery.