OBITUARY

Diann Lizbeth Allen

June 16, 1947July 10, 2019
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Diann Lizbeth Remmert Allen of Spring,Texas passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Diann is preceded in death by her mother Mary Katherin Remmert. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, R. Rike Allen, daughters Natalie (Steve) Hegwood, Alicia (Colin) Haynes, Angela (Jason) Hogue, father Herbert Remmert, brothers Jim (Karla) and Jeffrey (Bette) Remmert, eight grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

Diann was born in Houston, Texas on June 16, 1947. She graduated from Houston Baptist College (now Houston Baptist University) with a degree in education and history and shared a love of music with countless children during her time as a teacher and music director at Abercrombie Academy. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing in the church choir, dining with friends and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home, 13102 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77060 on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a funeral service at 2:00 officiated by Pastor Steve Sohns of Resurrection Lutheran church.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, July 15, 2019

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Frances Elmore

July 19, 2019

Over 30 years of special memories. We met through teaching and remained friends long after we both retired. Diann was a special person and her special love was music. She found great joy in teaching lummie stick rhythms to my first graders. You could probably hear the sticks clicking all over the school.

I will miss her and all the things we shared, especially our Tuesday breakfasts at Dennys after bible study. I love you.
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Carter Hogue

July 19, 2019

Diann Allen was my grandmother; to me she was known as Mamaw. Ever since I can remember Mamaw has been very involved in my life. Before my mother Angela decided to quit her job to be with me and my siblings more, I was with Mamaw just about every day and she played a big role in my early years. I often elected to spend many weekends with her as well. One of my absolute favorite memories with Mamaw was the many weekends I spent with her. I would always insist on watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the one with the screamer as Mamaw would say. In my high school years Mamaw drove me to and from school every day until I could drive myself and we would always talk about what I was up to and how football was going. Despite her health Mamaw never missed a football game of mine which is something I will always hold near and dear to my heart. Mamaw always had a huge presence in my life and together we created many memories I will forever cherish.
-Carter Hogue

Shelley Gross

July 19, 2019

To the Allen Family,
Diann and I had an amazing time working at Abercrombie. We loved the kiddos equally and made each day fun for them to learn. We worked side by side for 6 years there and remained friends for 35+ years after.
The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. I hope all the cherished memories that you have of Diann brings you some light during this time of darkness.
Our deepest condolences to the family.

With Sympathy,
Shelley & Mike Gross

Jason Hogue

July 19, 2019

Every man should be so lucky when falling in love, to fall in love with his wife’s whole family. Diann made me that kind of lucky. She had a way with her smile and her conversation to not only make me feel at home, but to pull me in as an active member of the family long before marrying her daughter, Angela.

Diann was always a loving caregiver to multiple generations of her family and my greatest memories of her will always be of the love and genuine interest she showed every time she was with our children.

Avery Hogue

July 18, 2019

Mamaw, I feel very lucky to have gotten over 15 years with one of the best grandmas out there. I wish I could have gotten more time with you, but out of these past years I have had some of the best times with you. Going back to when I was little I remember all the sleepovers I would have at your house and all the hours of night swimming included. I remember waking up to the smell of freshly cooked pancakes and bacon early in the morning.
Going to when I was in middle school you were gracious enough to help my parents out and drive Carter and me to school. I miss the days when we would sit in your car and talk for hours before it was time for me to go to school.
Last year (my freshman year of high school) was a very hard year for all of us when you were in and out of the hospital constantly. But I would always look forward to visiting you after cheer practice. I loved seeing you interact with all the nurses and doctors. And most of all I loved just talking to you and making you laugh. I miss all the great times we had together and I miss your hugs and smile, but I know that soon I will see you again. I love you so much Mamaw!
Love,
Avery Hogue

Angela Hogue

July 16, 2019

Karla this is Carol Ann Parrish from Mississippi. Could you send me details of arrangements if Angela gets too busy. Lots of the old HBC SINGERS would love to know if it is not too much trouble. We had a prayer chain going from 5:40 to 7:43 this morning when I got the last text praying for Diann and the family. Some from VA, TX, NY, Washington, DC and all around through text are praying for you all.
So glad Carter is there. He was so special to Diann. Always said his mischievous smile could melt her heart no matter what he had gotten into as a kid. I have a pic of him pouring a whole LARGE size box of Cheerios out on her coffee table at about 18 months and looking SO PROUD because they had cascaded EVERYWHERE! I asked her what she did and she said, “ I just hugged him and we laughed while ‘we’ cleaned them all up!” She had the best disposition ever and ALWAYS A BIG SMILE! Will miss her a lot as with SO MANY others!! Haven’t bothered any of them as I know what it is like. Lost my husband to West Nile Virus March 12, 2015 after him being extremely ill for 2 years and 9 months.
Diann was my buddy at HBU. We endured a terrifically crabby English professor for several years! She sat in front of me.
When Charlie and I came to HBU events we always stayed with Diann and Rikey. When our kids were younger we stayed with cousins off FR 1960. Rikey took us all to Galveston to ride on their boat and the boys loved the outing and the sonar screen to see stuff below. He and Charlie always enjoyed his “surround sound stereo” system in his den. He blew Charlie away with the TOP GUN sound tract when we visited for our HBU 10 year reunion...and I got to go with them in May this year when Diann and I got our 50 year CIRCLE OF GOLD pins.

Angela Hogue

July 16, 2019

(Continued from Carol Ann)
Got to go to the dinner when Rikey got his pin the year before when I came. We were afraid she couldn’t walk far at the campus so I brought my mom’s wheel chair so she wouldn’t miss out of the campus tour. She navigated “under her own steam” holding on to Rikey’s arm and he parked strategically so she didn’t have to go far. Got the Alumni Rep to take us on a short tour in the campus Golf Cart.
Diann and Rikey were always very special folks in our lives and have been for a LONG time.
Natalie was a flower girl for my first marriage when she was 2. We go way back.
You had a great sister in law- the best. I am also proud of Rikey for the way he took care of her. She was ‘bent’ when she couldn’t drive any more and I told her , “Hey! It isn’t every day a gal gets a chauffeur for EVERYWHERE you get to go! When she was told Rikey would have to ‘help’ her make a lot of decisions from now on she was testy! So each day he gave her a choice of 2 restaurants and she picked. Then with menus items he would suggest that she liked this or that last time and which one would she prefer. He handled things with so much care that she retained her dignity and knew she was loved. He grew up a lot since I met him in 1965!
They have a lovely family and he is a truly lucky man to have been able to keep her 50 years!
Diann and I were in HBC SINGERS when we went to Europe in 1968 in August. I was a substitute for one of the regular Altos who was getting married and her fiancé wouldn’t let her go. I had 6 weeks to learn and memorize all music and ‘hit the ground running!’ Scary but a great experience!!

Carolyn Pali

July 16, 2019

So sorry to hear of Diann's passing...unexpected and too soon to say goodbye. Thankful for the friendship we shared at Resurrection Lutheran Church and that I got to know her thru shared fun events of our senior's group, LAFF ( "Life After Fifty Fellowship) where we laughed a lot together. And...especially at our Tuesday morning women's Bible studies where we often sat at the same table group for special shared discussion periods. We shall miss you sweet lady!

Angela Hogue

July 15, 2019

Mom,
Words cannot express the hole in my heart that only you can fill. You were the most amazing mom and friend and I will miss all the time we spent together with my kids and just the two of us shopping, going for coffee and just hours of talking. I am so very blessed to have gotten all the years with you that I did get, and I know you are waiting for me in heaven. I love you and miss you so very much!
Forever,
Angela

Natalie Hegwood

July 14, 2019

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