Diane Lanier

March 31, 1963November 13, 2012

Diane Richardson Lanier (49) of St Augustine, FL passed away 11/13/12 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was a graduate of Georgia Southern University and was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity. She had worked for GMAC for 19 years. She was an active member of the Mandarin Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her father, Samuel C. Richardson, Jr. and her mother, Shirley Wells Johnston. She is survived by her loving husband of 27 yeras, Ben Larry Lanier, Jr (Benjy), her sons, Justin Matthew (Andria) and Logan Marshall, and her daughter Alexa Ann Lanier, her brother Samuel Charles (Darlene) Richardson, III, her sister, Teresa (Henry) Horne and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation from 6 to 8 pm on 11/15/12, at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin with a celebration of life service at the Mandarin Baptist Church on 11/16/12 at 10:00 am with the Rev. Bill Yeldell officiating. Burial will be at the Elam Baptist Cemetery in Millen, GA at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mandarin Baptist Church of the Earl B. Hadlow Community Hospice Center.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. (904)2888-0025.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 16, 2012

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Barbara Moore

December 3, 2012

I've been thinking so much about Diane since she passed away and two things struck me: she always had courage and grace, and she and Benjy kept their children's lives normal throughout her illness. Now that normalcy will help them get through these very difficult days. God bless you all - you were blessed with a beautiful wife and mother who is now in the presence of God.

Cheryl Smiley & Wanda Rowell

November 26, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

Freda and Phil Brinson

November 25, 2012

We are so very sorry to hear of Diane's passing. As so many others have written, she lived, fought and passed with much grace and was truly an inspiration to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mary Ann Datres

November 18, 2012

Lady Di your winning smile will be missed. You are now enjoying the fruits of your labor. Watch over those who remain behind. Thoughts & Prayers to your family & friends

November 17, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the family of Diane. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside and she will be deeply missed. I am happy to have known her.
Cheryl Hill (Ft. Lauderdale)

Philip Roesel

November 16, 2012

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

Tam Johnson

November 16, 2012

Diane was such an inspiration. Praying the family feels God's presence and peace now and in the difficult days ahead.

Autumn Martinage

November 16, 2012

Diane was a wonderful lady and I will truly miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Diane Houdek

November 16, 2012

There was never a sweeter person than Diane, always a smile and a kind word. She was a pleasure to work with at GMAC. My heart goes out to Benji and family during this difficult time.

Angela Sinton

November 16, 2012