Diane Brown

October 13, 1954May 5, 2018
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Diane Lea Brown (born Kassis) of Burnet, TX. passed away on May 5, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. She lived in Burnet, Texas with her loving husband Bob Brown, after retiring to the Hill Country from Plano, Texas. She was the oldest of six children of Bill and Gail Kassis in Sacramento, CA.

A graduate of UCLA, she began her career as a dietitian, working in VA hospitals. She later went back to school to earn her teaching credentials and a Master’s in education from UT-Dallas. She taught middle school science at Haggard Middle School in Plano for 18 years before retiring.

Diane was an extraordinary woman who both loved adventure and loved routine. After college she and Bob volunteered with the Peace Corps in Guatemala. She advised a local hospital on patient diets and lived in a two-room adobe home that only had running water one hour a day. But somehow, this is the same woman who later ate an identical lunch every day for 30 years—wheat bread sandwich with two pieces of turkey lunch meat, baby carrots, fruit, and milk.

She was an avid bicyclist, taking many days or weeks long bike trips with Bob, her kids, and friends. She was religious in her cycling, striving to ride 10 miles a day every day. She recorded each mile she ever rode: 136,635 miles. She loved wine, exercise, and the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team (especially Devonte Graham). She would get so nervous for every Kansas basketball game, and was thrilled with their final four appearance this year.

Diane and Bob did everything together—biking on their tandem, traveling the world, and enjoying their granddaughter. Her family and friends will miss her terribly. She is survived by her husband Bob, children Jessica (Andy) Brown and Derek (Abby) Brown, granddaughter Anne Howlett, her siblings Judy (Scott) Kassis, Chris (Kris) Kassis, Brian (Kari) Kassis, Shelley (Rich) Carlson, and Mark (Renee) Kassis, her numerous nieces and nephews, family, and friends.

A reception and memorial service will be held for Diane at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet TX. on May 19th, 2018. The reception will start at 2pm, and will be followed by the memorial service at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Diane’s honor to the Legal Aid Justice Center of Charlottesville, VA. Diane was an avid supporter of their cause.

Condolences may be offered to


  • Bob Brown, Husband
  • Jessica Brown, Daughter
  • Derek Brown, Son
  • Anne Howlett, Granddaughter
  • Judy Kassis, Sister
  • Chris Kassis, Brother
  • Brian Kassis, Brother
  • Shelly Carlson, Sister
  • Mark Kassis, Brother
  • Diane is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

  • Legal Aid Justice Center


  • Reception Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Paul Olszewski

May 18, 2018

Hello Bob-
It is very sad that after all these years, the first I hear about you and Diane is to hear of her passing. I am so sorry Bob, for your loss. Seeing the photos of you both and reading the text, you shared a great life together.

You may remember that I served in PC Guatemala 1977-79, in the INAFOR project and lived just down the road from you in Malacatancito. I enjoyed visiting you both there in Huehue from time to time. You guys graciously put me up at your home in Simi Valley as I rode my bike up from Guatemala and parts of Mexico and then finally up the California Coast to settle in San Francisco in 1980.

Bob, when the time comes for you to start traveling again and if you should ever make it to San Francisco, please look me up. I started the bike shop, Valencia Cyclery, in 1985 and run it still to this day. My cell is 415-722-7408.

Rick Dunham

May 14, 2018

Bob & Family. It was devastating news to hear word of Diane's passing last week. I have no words to say, other than I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and my prayers and hope that you will be able to find some comfort together through this very difficult time. Bob, when and if you'd like to talk, please don't hesitate to send me an email. I will forward on my mobile number separately. I will continue to pray for healing. God bless you and your family. Rick

Linda and John Engelhard

May 14, 2018

What wonderful photos of Diane. I am profoundly sad that she is no longer here to grace our lives. Diane, Jean, MaryJo and I ate lunch together at Haggard Middle School for years, so we were first hand witnesses to those healthy turkey sandwiches. While we ate, we shared our concerns about the students we taught, planned lessons together, and kept each other up-to-date about our children and families. So many precious memories.
John and I were stunned to learn about Diane's death, and our hearts break as we imagine how difficult this loss must be for all of you - Bob, Jessica, Andy, Anne, Derek, Abby and the whole family. We send our love as you lean on each other and continue the traditions and love she shared with all of you.

Shelley Carlson

May 13, 2018

Shelley Carlson

May 13, 2018

Ali Chase

May 12, 2018

Dear Diane, Please know you are remembered, and the memories shared are so precious and cute...just like you. I think this is all we humans really be so fondly remembered and, thus, credited with having made a difference. Sleep in heavenly peace.

Shelley Carlson

May 12, 2018

Kris (Lund) England

May 12, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss of Diane. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. I’ve heard many wonderful stories from our family of the Kassis Clan, and am saddened by the loss of this incredible woman. May we all keep many fond memories in our hearts.

Kris, Todd, Ryan, Kevin, and Kate

Chris Kassis

May 11, 2018

Dear Family,

It was such an honor to have Diane as my beautiful and loving big (tiny) sister. Bob, Jessica and Derek the love she had for all of you was of course much bigger than her. We became very close in the last 5 years talking almost every day. The time difference between California and Texas, lent to her and me talking on my way to work. We could keep up on all the family matters. Kris and I had the privilege of spending time in Texas with Bob and Diane and renting houses in Cambria California. Biking with Diane and Bob was always a great time. Through the years we would have family reunions every two years, Lake Tahoe. Bodega Bay, Hawaii, it was a great way to reconnect. I will miss her smile, I will miss her voice, I will miss drinking wine with her. I will miss hugging her.

Love to all the Family,

Jeanne Downs

May 11, 2018

Diane was the ultimate professional in the classroom. She was kind, yet firm with her students and always supportive of her colleagues. She was determined to be the best teacher she could be and ensure that her students had multiple opportunities to learn in her classroom.

And she was a good friend. We met in the fall for lunch and spent time catching up on her granddaughter and her children and their spouses. She was so proud of her family and that pride showed in her eyes and wonderful smile.

I miss you, Diane. My life is better because you were a part of it.

God bless you all.

Jeanne Downs


She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Diane will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Diane was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Diane leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories.