Diane Warner Dietrich

February 12, 1949June 1, 2014
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Diane Warner Woody Dietrich Nashville, TN Passed away peacefully June, 1, 2014 after a courageous fight against cancer. She was born February 12, 1949 to William Percy and Mary Hailey Warner, Jr. Her parents preceded her in death as did her brother James Warner. Diane Grew up in Donelson, attending Holy Rosary elementary and then graduated from Two Rivers High School. After raising two boys and living in Little Rock, AR, and St. Charles, MO, she returned to Nashville, went back to college and received her bachelor’s degree in 1993 at the age of 44. She found her mission in her work at United Cerebral Palsy of Middle TN as Director of Development, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of their programs. She was passionate about helping those with all disabilities and made a difference in many lives. She is survived by her husband William D. Dietrich, her son William Jefferson Woody (Denise) and granddaughters, Emily and Ellie Woody all of Atlanta, her son Jason Warner Woody of Nashville, and their father Fred Woody of Atlanta, by her sister-in-law Willene Warner (Harry Ilgner) of Nashville, by step-daughter, Cathy D’Antonio (Marc) and step-grandchildren Kate and Jack D’Antonio all of Columbus, GA, and by step-daughter Kristin Dietrich of Nashville. Diane was happiest when in the backyard digging in the dirt and if you were fortunate to view her backyard in bloom, you knew she had a special touch. She loved the beach, any beach, the Predators, March Madness, and bargain hunting with the emphasis on the hunt. And soon the pain and tears will gently give way to smiles and memories of Diane as we remember her smile, her grace, her compassion. And we shall feel joy. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and the staff at Alive Hospice for their compassionate care and support. The family will receive friends for visitation at Mount Olivet Funeral Home, Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 4-7pm. A private family funeral service and interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.



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Lynda Winters

November 5, 2014

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Diane. She was a very special lady, so kind and gentle. I wish I had known before today. Prayers lifting for her family and friends. Peace.

Norman Owens

June 12, 2014

I worked with Diane for the last several years as landscaper of her subdivision. She volunteered her time to help me design the front entrance flower beds, even donating some of her backyard perennials. It was always a joy to meet her to go over different seasons and helping decorate. We became friends. I will miss her greatly. Diane was selfless and caring to a fault. She did so much for her neighbors that went unnoticed yet that never stopped her. My deepest sympathies to the family and Bill who helped us accomplish so many tasks together for the neighborhood.

Deana Claiborne

June 5, 2014

I had the great honor of working with Diane for over twenty years at United Cerebral Palsy. She and Bill were there to help us when our house flooded in 2010. She comforted me in the loss of my mother. She could always be counted on to extend compassion with just the right gesture. I miss you, dear friend and colleague.

Dawn Friton

June 5, 2014

Diane was a very special lady! When I would visit her each year for casual day she always had a smile and a hug waiting for me. She loved telling stories about her grandchildren. She was a ray of sunshine and will be deeply missed.

Cathy &Marion Hoormann

June 5, 2014

We are so sorry for your lose. Diane was always so uplifting to our spirits. It is even hard to imagine how many lives she gave strength, courage, & Pure Joy to. May she find rest in the arms of our Lord. I cannot wait to see what paintings & gardens she will have to show us when we see her someday. Our prayers are with you Bill and all her family & friends.


June 5, 2014

Always positive and ever kind-hearted. The best aunt a nephew could have.

June 4, 2014

A light in our darkness, a bloom in our world,
So many so terribly will miss that girl!
But peace has now found her, deleted her pain,
I hope that we all will see that gift again!
As UCP memories glow on recall,
Diane dear, God bless you, and thank you, for all.....

Errol Elshtain

June 4, 2014

I too remember Diane with great fondness. We worked together for many years as UCP was the contract agent for the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities' Travel Grant Program. Diane was unfailingly cheerful, thorough and efficient. Our occasional in-person meetings were always delightful. Hers is a great loss for all of us.

June 4, 2014

You will be missed. I haven't seen you for years but after hearing this I keep thinking of fun times we had. RIP. June Williams

June 4, 2014

I have greatly missed Diane's presence and warm greeting at the door to UCP each time I've entered. I am very saddened to learn of her loss today. UCP has lost a wonderful representative and I've lost a kind and caring friend to me as well as my patients in the Nashville community and beyond. God bless the family; you are in my prayers.
Sincerely, Angela Hopkins, LMSW