February 12, 1940 – November 3, 2018
Nola Dianne (Hunter) Abbott passed away on November 3, 2018 at Baylor St. Luke Hospital in Houston. Dianne was born on February 12, 1940 in Galveston where she grew up. She moved to California in 1959 and started a family with her husband, Edward Brochu. Dianne attended San Jose State University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in English. She returned to Texas in 1976 and bought a home in Henderson. She resided there for more than 10 years and taught English, ESL, and drama at Laneville High School and New Summerfield High School.
Dianne then moved to Houston where she continued her teaching career at Burbank Middle School. She retired in 1999 to become a small business owner. After selling the business, she and her son, Jeff Brochu, built a home in Houston. Her most treasured times in her life were spent with family and grandchildren. She enjoyed vacations at Crystal Beach, enjoyed playing the piano, was a wonderful cook and excellent homemaker. She was well known for her great devotion to the teachings of Jesus; she truly practiced what He would have us do in this world. In 2008, she went on a two week mission trip to Kenya, Africa where she met the children supported by Graceworks, a California nonprofit; she often reflected on her time there as a life-changing experience. She was kind and generous, opening both her heart and her home to all who would cross her path. She had an uncanny ability to reach both people and animals in a deep and positive way. We would be remiss not to mention her extraordinary sense of humor which was so often coupled with her ability to make the best out of what life may hand out. Her kind spirit and wonderful laughter will be missed by many who had the great fortune to know her and love her so dearly.
She is survived by daughter Anna Michelle (Brochu) Ballard and husband John L. Ballard, sons Jeffrey Barrett Brochu and Edward Halsey Brochu, granddaughters Elecia Dianne Ballard and Summer Rayne Brochu, grandson Judge Bradley Brochu, grandson Garrett Chase Ballard, wife Madison (Whaley) Ballard and great granddaughter Amelia Grace Ballard. Dianne is predeceased by daughter Laura René Brochu.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, November 17, 3:00 p.m., Forest Park East, 21620 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX 77598. In lieu of flowers, make a donation in her name to one of the following charities: Feed the Children, Graceworks (P.O. Box 1239, Anaheim, CA 92815), or ASPCA.
- Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2018
February 9, 2019
I love you Grandma , I miss having you around.
February 9, 2019
I'll always remember the things you did & I hope heaven is how you imagined it to be, love you.
February 7, 2019
Whenever I think about Diane one of the very first things that comes to mind is her infectious and unique laugh. If you heard it you knew it was her from miles away. Not only was her laugh infectious but so was her humanitarian and kind spirit. Growing up we often visited the family at the beach house in Galvasten, TX. These are some of my fondest memories. Diane always wanted family at the beach house and never turned down a visit. She was a person who was quick to help and was a bright light in difficult times. She will truly be missed!
February 7, 2019
When you smiled at me I could clearly see a world often unseen. On some of my darkest days your light showed me the way home. When you spoke your voice filled my soul. Your words of love and wisdom surrounded me like a gentle rain. You whispered soft and clear the things I needed to hear like an angel's sweet refrain.
There is no love quite like your love your kindness seemed endless. You shared with anyone willing to accept. A hand up to those in need was your way. Your work continues here on earth. It is visible to me everyday as I am blessed with your Son Halsey in my life. I watch as he helps those in need with food, shelter and a kind word. There is and will never be someone quite like you. You have left us with a model of a life well lived. A soldier in Gods Army you fought bravely. God has made a special place in heaven for you at his side. I know will look upon his faithful servant and say well done.
You will always be in my heart…
February 6, 2019
I knew one day if I ever lost you it would be a difficult time. Not knowing that when it happened I am completely devestated. I miss you so much. I miss your kind voice and caring ways. I miss our talks at the kitchen table. I miss your wisdom and encouragement. I look back on all the accomplishments we pulled off together and it makes me smile. Thank You so much for all you did for me and the kids. You were the GREATEST MOM ever. I remember all the talks we had concerning what happens after we're deceased. I hope it's all that you thought it would be. Sometimes when I'm traveling I feel your presence in the clouds. You will always be my mom. I pray I see you again. I Love You with all my heart.Your Loving Son- Jeff
February 5, 2019
My cousin, Dianne, was more like a sister to me. She was a part of life since I can remember.
Among my fondest memories are our travels together. I enjoyed traveling with Dianne more than anyone because she so loved life and took in everything to the fullest where ever we were. She was up for pretty much anything, and when things would go off course, as they often did, I could count on her to take it in stride, make the best of it, and move on.
She and I went to Cuernavaca, Mexico for two weeks some time in the 90’s, to learn Spanish and experience the culture. On one of our group excursions, we took a bus ride to a small town where, we had been told, we could go up a “hill," and see some ruins and a great view of the valley below. But what we saw looming in front of us was what I would call a mountain. As everyone began the trek up the path, I looked at Dianne, who was wearing loose flats.
“I don’t think you can make that hike in those shoes, and It’s OK. We don’t have to go.”
She looked at me in dismay. “Of course we’re going! I can make it!”
And so, up and up the beaten trail we went, Dianne at times veering off path to get a closer look at an unusual plant, a beautiful flower, or an interesting tree, or sometimes just stopping to breathe in the beauty of the place. After a couple hours of assent, we came to a place on the trail where, one at a time, we trekkers had to hang on a rope ladder and be pulled up over a treacherous ledge in order to reach the top and the ruins. Dianne didn't hesitate, almost losing one of her shoes dangling off the end of the rope ladder and finally crawling up and over the rugged ledge. The view, she exclaimed, as we overlooked the amazing valley beneath us, was worth it all!
In a way, the whole trip was a metaphor for her incredible life.
I loved Dianne not only for who she was but for who she made those of us so fortunate to know her. She gave us hope, laughter, her infinite wisdom, and the greatest of all, love.
February 4, 2019
The things I should have said ;
I want to thank you for the best wife ever.
Thank you for never giving up on me,when most would .
Thank you for your love and the wisdom to see us into the future. My heart is broken. You will be missed.
February 1, 2019
To know you was to love you. To have you as a Mother was a gift from God! ‘Til we meet again. All my love, Michelle
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Rachel (Hunter) Rickards
November 17, 2018
There are people in life who mean what they say and wish only the best for others. Aunt Dianne was one of those rare people. You never questioned the sincerity of her smiles or hugs. She was understanding and didn’t judge others. She was also hilarious and found humor in almost every opportunity. I miss her very much and will remember her as a positive example of how to live and treat others.
November 17, 2018
Aunt Dianne was a wonderful women. She was very outgoing and loved being around all her family. She will be missed so very much, but never forgotten. In the 33yrs of me knowing her and being apart of her family she was the greatest women I knew. Always opening her house and arms to us all. I find peace in knowing she did not suffer and was blessed by given precious time to spend with her family and now has joined her family and is at peace with the Lord. Love you Aunt Diane RIP
Jessica Hunter Reed
November 17, 2018
She knew how to make everyone around her laugh and viewed life as simply what “God would have wanted”, not making a fuss about any of life’s tribulations she was dealing with or had to face. She made it clear to everyone around her that family and friends where most important and would do anything for everyone. I will never forget the many memories we shared such as the vacations at her beach house on Crystal Beach. She always made the effort to attend every family gathering, including family get together’s and my baby shower for my only son, Aiden. I will greatly miss her sense of humor and joyful laugh...I will miss everything about her!! She was beautiful inside and out, and I thank God I had the pleasure of calling her MY Aunt Dianne!! Love you and miss you always ❤️, Jessica
November 14, 2018
Diane was a very special lady. She was a friend before we became family when our daughter and son got married. We became soul sisters. We shared laughter and tears together, and our amazing grandchildren, and a special great granddaughter.
She never gave up, always worked so hard to provide for her children and never complained. She welcomed everyone into her home and shared what she had. Her happy place was the beach, when she bought her beach house we all got to enjoy it.
She loved unconditionally God, family, friends, music, and animals.
She is missed so much and loved, heaven gained a very special Angel 👼 RIP! My my special soul sister, I love you and miss having you in my life, your soul sister Joyce
November 14, 2018
Heaven got a new piano playing angel added to its chorus. Grandma Houston you will be missed, remembered, and cherished always in the generations you worked so hard to raise as kind, grateful, and loving as you were.
November 12, 2018
I have known Dianne for over half my life. She had a great spirit, and I am sure I have known her in another life. My favorite memory of her involves a grumpy customer of hers at the restaurant where we both worked. The final straw was when he demanded that she slow down when she walked past him, because the breeze she stirred up was cooling down his coffee. After that, she decided nothing she did was going to please him. She would walk by his table, and when he tried to get her attention she would raise up her arms and wave her hands and say ”Ain’t got time, Ain’t got time.” By which she meant some people are never going to be happy, no matter what you do. So don’t waste your time trying. On days where the students had gotten the best of me at the primary school where I worked, I would raise my weary arms to heaven waving my hands and quietly exclaim, “Ain’t got time, Ain’t got time.” It would bring a smile every time.
November 12, 2018
I had the pleasure and blessing of knowing Dianne through her cousin Sharon my long time friend from California. I also had the joy of traveling to Kenya with Dianne. My favorite memory is of her walking through my village in Kenya carrying some random child she had scooped up and followed by many others squealing in pure joy as she attempted to communicate with them. She had an uncanny way of drawing people to her. Her generosity of heart and sincere kindness will be greatly missed. May our good Lord grant her well deserved eternal rest. My sincere condolences to the family. With love, Susan
President, Graceworks Hope Network for Children International
November 9, 2018
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