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Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery

18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX

OBITUARY

Dianne Kennard Dickerson

November 29, 1940March 19, 2020

Dianne “Diney” Kennard Dickerson was called home unexpectedly to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 19, 2020, at the age of 79 in her home in The Woodlands, TX. Dianne was born on November 29, 1940 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to parents Zelton and Dorothy Stringer. She attended Louisiana State University where she studied piano.

Dianne donned many hats during her lifetime: loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, pianist, philanthropist, and seamstress, to name a few. She loved to quilt and sew, and she took her sewing passion from hobby to career. She started her own business and for many years made beautiful drapes, bedspreads and other home décor. She also used her talents to make her granddaughters’ smocked and embroidered clothing, including the most exquisite flower girl dresses. Dianne was a member and one-time President of Baton Rouge Trianon, an organization supporting children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was also a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in which she served as 2nd Vice Regent in Brevard, NC. Through the St. Phillips Episcopal Church of Brevard, Dianne volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club. Each Christmas she dressed as Mrs. Claus for the boys and girls to pick out gifts to give to their loved ones. She was known as a loving and accepting woman and a source of comfort to family and friends in times of need. From stray animals to neighbors, Dianne’s warm heart and home were always open to all. Dianne was an exceptional pianist, bringing life to the works of many composers from Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach to Gershwin and Bernstein. She was an avid bridge player and an ardent sports fan. She experienced the joy of seeing her LSU Tigers win a national championship in football. Her two favorite teams were the Tigers and the Texas Aggies. Her most recent sporting events included her great grandkids’ tee-ball and lacrosse games, where she was the most enthusiastic spectator. On her list of favorite memories and things she enjoyed most, was watching her two boys play sports as they grew up, especially baseball! She will be remembered by her family and friends as a ray of light who brightened even the darkest of days. She had numerous, deep and loving friendships and touched many lives throughout her lifetime.

Dianne is survived by her loving husband Lemmie Dickerson; two sons and their spouses, David and Tanua Kennard, Darin and Aimee Kennard; her sister Debra Stringer Parker; brother Byron Stringer and wife Fran; 7 grandchildren, Ryan Kennard, Coby Kennard, Madison Thomas, Kendyl Fuller, Emily Stavinoha, Jeanne Lea Delahoussaye, and Harper Delahoussaye; 4 great grandchildren, Aden Thomas, Logan and Landon Fuller and Kaia Kennard, and stepchildren Lemmie Dickerson Jr., Kristen Delahoussaye and husband John Paul, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Dianne was preceded in death by A.J. Kennard, loving husband and father to David and Darin Kennard, mother and father Zelton and Dorothy Stringer, maternal grandparents Robert and Dena Wolsefer, and paternal grandparents Travis and Nora Stringer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association or Trianon of Baton Rouge supporting ARC.

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Clay Richard

March 29, 2020

Dianne and my wife have been best of friends since childhood. I had the privilege of being friends with A J and Lemmie. She was almost as close to me as my sister. She brought happiness to our family for years both at home and on trips. I want to remember us laughing so I’ll tell you a funny story. Dianne, my wife and I took a four day trip in our van. We stayed over night for three nights and shared a room with two beds to save money. The second morning was a big laugh. She told me she had no problem waking up at 3PM to go to the bath room or to set her watch. She informed me that I broke wind at 3Pm sharp both nights. On the third morning we laughed again. She said yep...you did it again. Such a good friend... I’ll truly miss her especially on holidays and birthday party with our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lemmie know you are in my prayers. Love y’all

Wayne Pittman

March 28, 2020

Dianne was childhood neighbor of Shirley Ivy, and performed piano selections at wedding reception for Shirley and Wayne in 1960. We were always invited to family gatherings for over 50 years. What a treasure of memories, throughout the years, that are only a preview of coming attractions with her in the future. I can still see her, enthusiasm in helping promote and perform charitable causes, in addition to her never tiring efforts to “do things right” for family and lifelong friends. Tears well up, as I recall photographs of the past, yet joy as I anticipate the future.

Becky Cowart

March 27, 2020

I’m sure you’re sharing a bologna sandwich with Aunt Dorthy, Mother, and Betty Jo... and maybe y’all will share with Daddy and Uncle Zelton.

Thank you for the gifted piano lessons ... sorry I wasn’t a better student. You always were a shining example. The world seems smaller without you. I’m praying with love for all of us. I love you.

Lenny & Tara Hardoin

March 26, 2020

We love Diney and will miss her so much. What a blessing to have had her in our lives for so long. She was a bright light and the many sweet memories we all have of Diney will keep her light shining in our hearts. ❤️

Cindy Smith

March 26, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. I met Dianne on a few occasions and she was always so happy and full of life. I know she was so very proud of her large family and the love you all share. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Hugs and Love, Cindy, Robert, Morgan and Macie.

Angela and Joe Krebs

March 26, 2020

We will all miss the joy Diane brought to our family. She was so full of personality and so much fun to be around. We will cherish the times and memories we were fortunate enough to have with this amazing, talented, and beautiful woman. Our hearts and condolences go out to her entire family. Sending love, hugs and prayers 🙏🏻

Darrell Stringer

March 26, 2020

Diane was a wonderful cousin. She loved visiting with family and love all the family and extended family. She lives s great legacy.

Darrell Stringer

Chadwick Mills

March 26, 2020

Such a wonderful beautiful lady - Southern style. Always enjoyed seeing her at Christmas and laughing hearing her talk about a tale or two she had gone through that preceding year. Heartbroken to hear this sudden and unexpected news. She left a mark, many marks, on so many people. I’m ashamed I didn’t know that she played piano and never got to hear her play. I’m sure she’s playing now - fortissimo.

Beverly Crochet

March 26, 2020

Sending my condolences to Lemmie and the family. Dianne was so full of life, loving and caring. Her family was her greatest blessing.

Lisa and James White

March 25, 2020

We always loved seeing Diane at all the family parties. She was inviting and loving. It was always a treat to see her at church when she would come with you, David. She’ll always have a special place in our hearts and we are so sorry for this great loss. Prayers for comfort and healing.

James and Lisa White

FROM THE FAMILY