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Hardage - Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery

850 St Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Deborah Dianne McDougall

August 14, 1952January 10, 2020

Deborah Dianne McDougall, 67 of Jacksonville passed away in a local hospital from complications of cancer on January 10, 2020. She was preceded in death by parents Betty and Ross Smith and brother Kevin Smith. She is survived by her husband Robert, son Hudson (Veronica), and daughter Rebecca Rickers (Cole), grandchildren Penelope and Fletcher, nine nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins and in-laws. Dianne was born August 14, 1952 in Jacksonville and moved with her family to Miami at an early age. She attended Florida State University where she graduated with a degree in Criminology. She worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in Jacksonville and retired after 31 years of service. Dianne was an historical reenactor of the Civil War, Spanish (St. Augustine), and Revolutionary war eras. Her passion in recent years was reenacting as a member of the "Golden Teacup Society" a group of living historians who reenact to educate the public about life during the Civil War era. Dianne also volunteered at the Lightner museum in St. Augustine Florida. A devoted wife and mother, Dianne was thrilled to welcome her first grandchild (Penny) in November of 2018. Grandson Fletcher arrived in June of 2019. When she wasn't spoiling the grandchildren, she loved travel, and had visited sites to include the Panama Canal and most recently an archeological dig in Jamestown, Virginia in October of last year. A memorial service will be held at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park Street on Monday, January 20 at 11:00 AM, with the Reverend Conley A. Zomermaand (Pastor Z) officiating. As a tribute to Dianne, members of the reenacting community are encouraged to dress out for the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dianne McDougall to the Lightner museum, St. Augustine FL, 32084.

Services

20 January

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Riverside Presbyterian Church

849 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Memories

Deborah Dianne McDougall

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Sharon Gogerty

January 17, 2020

Dianne is a most important piece of my FDLE memories. As the Jacksonville Public Information Officer I gave tours to local and foreign visitors. Dianne was the absolute best guide for her section. Her knowledge and ability to explain procedures and the law in understandable terms to the youngest, the oldest and the foreign were superior. She taught me so much all my years. She also got me hooked on Downton Abbey which we critiqued weekly in the hallway! Also shared our dog stories. An incredible lady I am fortunate to have known.

Lisa Snodgrass

January 16, 2020

It was a pleasure in knowing Dianne through the years while working at FDLE. We shared thoughts about different things, sewing, history, and especially the Reenactments. She knew our family used to attend, particularly the Olustee battle and encouraged me to join. However, I was unable to. She was a great person, involved in so many things and loved life. I know she will be missed. Many prayers to the Mcdougall family and may God watch over each of you during these difficult days.

Leon Wade

January 16, 2020

I would like to give my sincere condolences and prayers to Bob and his family in this difficult time. Bob was a great friend and mentor and I know Diane was the love of his life. Our prayers are with Bob and his family.

Leon and Shirley Wade

Kathryn Jones

January 15, 2020

I know it's hard to see our loved ones leave us, may God grant you peace as you journey down this road of sorrow in the passing of Ms. Dianne. My last memory of her was a few years after her retirement, I ran into her and we chatted for a while. She mentioned how she was enjoying her retirement and looking forward to cooking a big dinner for her family during the holidays. She looked so happy and beautiful of course. May the memories of her bring you joy.

Miriam Vargas

January 15, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the McDougall family. Dianne was very proud of her children and happy that they turned out so well.
She always greeted you with a smile, and always had a story to tell. Dianne often gave tours of the lab here at FDLE, and you could see how people would take a liking to her and her stories; giving them a law enforcement or scientific perspective they hadn’t thought of before. I also loved seeing her detailed sewing projects, often all hand stitched specifically for her reenactments. Something too surmountable for me to undertake. She was a woman of many talents.
May our memories keep her alive in our hearts.

Lynne Gann

January 15, 2020

My sincere condolences to Diane's family and friends during this difficult time. I met Diane in 1998 when I transferred to FDLE Jacksonville from FDLE Tallahassee. What a nice and very smart lady! She always had an interest in learning more about things in life and was a happy, pleasant, and professional person to work with. Plus she had a great sense of humor! I am very sorry to learn of her passing.

Daryl Albury

January 14, 2020

What a classy lady. I first met Dianne shortly after she came to work at FDLE. Circa 1980. Remained friends during her entire career at FDLE. My condolences to her family.

Claire Vighetti

January 13, 2020

I am sad to learn of Dianne’s passing from this earth. We shared a love of Downton Abbey and volunteered during the exhibit at The Lightner Museum. She was always quick with a funny story. Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers for her and her family.

Frank Forrest

January 12, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the McDougall family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY