Alexander Funeral Home-West Chapel

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Diane M Smith

July 12, 1947December 28, 2019

Diane Smith, a former Speech and English teacher at North Posey High School for 44 years, died on December 28, 2019 at age 72. Diane's parents were Clarence Albert Smith and Lorene Elizabeth (Kirsch) Smith.

Diane wanted to share a message from the Carol Burnett Show with those who are still here. I'm so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh, and sing a song. Seems we just got started and before we knew it came the time we had to say, 'So long.' Every day was a good day for Diane. She and her mother both liked the following saying: "Enjoy life; this is not a dress rehearsal." First and foremost, she cherished her teaching time. A firm believer in the power of intangibles, there were some personal accomplishments that she especially cherished. She was a Reitz Commencement Speaker for the Class of '65. Later, she was elected President of the Indiana Speech Association. From there, she had the honor of being a School of Speech Fellow at Northwestern University. She spent several years coaching speech and debate and was elected to the Indiana Forensic Hall of Fame. She also was a tennis tournament player. At age 16, she was ranked Number One in the State in the 18 and under division. Later as an adult, she won large tournaments such as the Indianapolis Open. At North Posey High School, she was the first tennis coach. Diane's undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Education, was from Ball State Teachers College, which later had a name change to Ball State University. Her graduate degree, a Master of Arts, was from Northwestern University.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Lorene Smith.

Diane is survived by her brother Gary (wife Marlies) her nephew Christopher Smith (wife Nicole), her great niece Jasmine Smith, her great nephew Dominic Smith, her niece Tiffany Cannon (husband Charles), her great niece Heather Harper Cannon, her great nephew Dylan Cannon, her nephew Nicholas Smith (wife Violet), her great nephew Emery Smith, her great nephew Adrian Smith and her great nephew Terre Smith.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Alexander West Chapel officiated by Dan and Jenny DiLegge with burial to follow in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Saturday 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderWestChapel.com.


  • Visitation at Alexander West Chapel Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service at Alexander West Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Burial At Alexander Memorial Park Saturday, January 11, 2020


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Patrick Scheller

January 16, 2020

Sympathy and prayers to your family.

Woodie Walker

January 10, 2020

My condolences to the family of Diane Smith. She was a special person and a friend to me. I knew her through all her tennis playing days. We had many good times at Wesselman Park and at Tri-State Racquet Club. She had a great sense of humor, was kind and thoughtful, and accomplished much in her lifetime. She will be missed.

Woodie Sublett Walker

Lisa Koester

January 9, 2020

I will forever remember working with you at North Posey. You were a dedicated, compassionate teacher, always willing to help your students reach their potential. You created a special award, a red watering can, for the most improved student in your speech class. Your positive attitude was infectious. You challenged both your students and fellow teachers. We had our daily challenge to see which of us could get the prized parking spot. Your red car, with the SPEECH license plate, was always in the front row.

Bonnie Boberg Pratte

January 9, 2020

I was a student of Ms. Smith. She was a great teacher that I will never forget. May she Rest In Peace.

Annie Tremelling (née Tepool)

January 8, 2020

Calligraphy on the blackboard welcomed you to Miss Smith’s classroom. She gave us Goethe, kindness, a little mischief. That little country school won the lottery when Miss Smith chose to grace its halls—and then made us her life’s work. I loved you and think of you often, Miss Smith. Thank you for all of it. I’m sorry I never said it in person. “Do not go gentle into that good night” Sister.

Kathleen Jones

January 8, 2020

Such good times in high school with her as a teacher I saw a couple years ago at Schnucks and we stood there in the aisle and talk for at least an hour and a half about past things about life laughing together you be surely missed my sympathy and prayers to her family and friends

Karen Anderson

January 8, 2020

Miss. Smith was the only teacher that was always there for her students. She will be missed