OBITUARY

Dianne Brown

October 23, 1950March 23, 2021
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Linda Dianne “Dianne” Brown, age 70, passed away at 12:03 pm on March 23, 2021, at home with her husband and daughters at her side, after a brief bout with cancer. She was born October 23, 1950, to Arthur and Tru Dell (Burleson) Mullen in San Antonio, Texas. Her father’s Air Force career meant that she moved from place to place through her growing-up years, including all her grade school and high school years. Some of her homes included stops in Virginia, South Dakota, the Island of Japan, Louisiana and Texas. She was a 1968 graduate of Springfield Shawnee High School, a 1972 graduate of Ohio University and received her Master’s Degree in Education in 1983 from Wright State University. She taught one year at Mansfield Madison South Junior High School, and sixteen years at Arcanum-Butler, where she was a fifth-grade teacher and was involved in many school activities there. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Richard “Dick” Brown, whom she married April 13, 1975, two daughters Brandy and her husband Dr. Joshua Hill of Delaware, Ohio, and Betsy and her husband Kraig Reiber of Centerville, Ohio, and granddaughters Hazel Hill, Louisa Hill, and Brynn Reiber, brother Jim Mullen, sister-in-law Delores (Hoskins) Mullen, sister Vicky (Mullen) True, brother-in-law Bill True, nephews Scott Mullen, Chad Mullen and Brian True, and grand-nieces Maggie Mullen and Madison Mullen, all of Covington, Ohio.

Dianne enjoyed spending summers in her youth at her grandparents’ homes in West Virginia and Louisiana. She was dedicated to her family and to local education. She was always volunteering to help with her daughters’ school and extra-curricular activities; never missing her children’s high school and college sporting events and activities. She was a contributor to the after-school mentoring program, and was a Board member of the Greenville Schools Foundation for fifteen years, and other professional and community committees. She volunteered in the High School office and other Greenville High School programs. She was a member of the Greenville First Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon and on various committees. She was Treasurer of the Delta Theta Tau social sorority for many years and brightened up the community selling May flowers for years. She had helped working periodically at her husband’s business McVay’s Sporting Goods over many years. One of her passions was her elaborate Christmas decorating and it was seen by many over the past 28 years. She enjoyed making chocolate/peanut butter “buckeyes” which became a regular Christmas surprise for many. She adored her grandchildren and made every holiday a special occasion for the family. Dianne enjoyed cruising to different parts of the world with Dick and trips every year to Gatlinburg, Frankenmuth, Michigan, and Las Vegas, where she liked to shop, see shows, and play the slots. She was an avid reader and was quite interested in many different sports on TV—Ohio sports teams, watching tennis with Betsy and the Hallmark Channel with Brandy. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

The family will be receiving friends and family on Monday, March 29, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Tuesday one hour prior to the service in the church. Services will be Tuesday, March 30, at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 East Fourth Street Greenville at 10:30 am with Pastor Andy Gilman officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Union Cemetery on Union City Road.

It is the wishes of the family that any Memorial Contributions for Dianne be given to the Garst Museum or the Greenville Schools Foundation.

The funeral service will be Lived Streamed at: www.greenvillepres.org.

Services

  • Family will receive friends

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Family will receive friends

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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Marvin Dalton

April 9, 2021

Dick and girls,
Pat and I are so very sorry to see the passing of Dianne . I worked with her over many years dealing with the girls at all levels of schooling. Dick you had one super wife and an outstand partner. Girls you were very lucky to have a mom as sweet as she was. Please remember she is at peace and is in no pain.
Marvin and Pat

Pam Loxley

March 31, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of teaching with her at Arcanum. She was a wonderful teacher and friend. She will be missed greatly.
Pam

Crystal Barton

March 30, 2021

She was such a wonderful warm beautiful person. We are so sorry, the family especially Dick are closely in our thoughts & prayers. Your friends & neighbors, Richard & Crystal Barton

Jayne Connair

March 30, 2021

Thanking of all of you at this time of loss. Dianne was such a special, upbeat, and wonderful woman. May all of your sweet and precious memories comfort you in the days ahead. Sending our deepest sympathy.

The Connair family...Jayne, Brian and Evan

Joyce & Steve Blakeley

March 29, 2021

Dick, Brandy & Betsy, We are saddened to hear of Dianne's passing. You have our heartfelt sympathy. Dianne was such a kind & giving soul. Dick, this is reflected through your daughters. Sincerely, Joyce~Steve Blakeley & family

Nancy Warner

March 29, 2021

Dick, please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences. We pray that You feel God’s love and presence as He surrounds you with His love thru your family and friends! Love and hugs, Bill and Nancy Warner

Craig Potts

March 29, 2021

To the Brown family,

Thinking of you all with peace and love. Dick, we were so sorry to hear of Dianne’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rhea Potts and Craig Potts

Beth Cain

March 27, 2021

Dick, Brandy & Betsy,
We are so sorry for the loss of Dianne! She was a special lady. I never saw her without a smile! I loved getting to keep up on you girls lives and hearing about the grand babies, when we’d run into each other! You were blessed with a great wife and mother. Thinking of you all!
Gary & Beth Cain

Melody Lindemuth

March 27, 2021

Our deepest sympathy and prayers to Dick and the girls and their families. Diane will be missed. I knew her from Arcanum. Our son had her for a teacher .She was a very pleasant and happy person. I always enjoyed talking to her. You will always have great memories. Just so sad ,she was so young,but she left an imprint on everyone she knew.

Vicki Lemaster

March 27, 2021

I was so sorry and saddened to hear about Dianne’s passing . Her death was a complete shock to all of us, as I reflected on how I had been fortunate to know her.
My daughter met Betsy while attending Wittenberg and they cheered together at Witt.
I was introduced to her, Dianne, Dick and Brandy whole we supported them at all of the basketball and football games. Such a wonderful family ! I got to know them as we cheered on Wittenberg together , and they became close to my whole family .
Dianne was such a wonderful person with a great sense of humor, that made all of our get togethers so enjoyable and memorable . On a trip to Vegas last year , we accidentally ran into Dianne and Dick in airport, and I was able to sit next to Dianne on flight home. And so appropriate that the last time we spent with them was at a Wittenberg basketball game . She spoke so lovingly of her grandchildren , and I know she will be missed by her whole family and friends .
All our love and prayers to you Dick, and to your whole family .
Vicki Lemaster and family

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