Diana Sue Mcwil­liams

The Saline Courier - - NEWS -

Diana Sue Mcwil­liams, 69, of Ben­ton, died peace­fully at home Fri­day, De­cem­ber 20, sur­rounded by her fam­ily.

She was born in Ben­ton to Maxey and Inez Pyle, and grad­u­ated from Ben­ton High School in 1968, where she was voted “Most Cour­te­ous” her se­nior year. She re­ceived a math de­gree from the State Col­lege of Arkansas in 1972.

Diana was mar­ried to John Mcwil­liams for 40 years and is sur­vived by him and their chil­dren, Mar­garet (Lake; step-grand­son Owen), of Durham, North Carolina; John (Mered­ith, grand­sons, Soren and Otto), of Hous­ton, Texas, and Laura (Mikel) of Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia; and a step-daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth (step-grand­son Alexis), of Lon­don, Eng­land. Diana also leaves be­hind her fel­low child­hood trou­ble­mak­ers, “The Crew,” as well as many other cher­ished friends.

Diana is sur­vived by her mother; a brotherand sis­ter-in-law, David and Char­lotte Pyle, and their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Diana was a de­voted math teacher at Baux­ite High School for 36 years. She was twice named Teacher of the Year and served as long­time spon­sor of Stu­dent Coun­cil. She loved see­ing the “light bulb” com­ing on for her stu­dents. She was deeply com­mit­ted to her teacher soror­ity, Delta Kappa Gamma, serv­ing as pres­i­dent even while un­der­go­ing can­cer treat­ment. Diana loved her Al­pha Sigma Al­pha soror­ity, and her time spent trav­el­ing to chap­ters around the coun­try af­ter col­lege. She had an in­cred­i­ble faith and in­ner strength and was a long­time mem­ber of First Bap­tist Church. Diana lived fully and joy­fully, shar­ing her kind­ness, com­pas­sion and gen­er­ous spirit with every­one.

Visi­ta­tion will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 26, at Ashby Fu­neral Home, with fu­neral ser­vice im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing. She will be buried at Pinecrest Me­mo­rial Park.

Diana will be loved, cher­ished, and missed for­ever. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to CARTI of Lit­tle Rock or Delta Kappa Gamma-mu Chap­ter.

On­line guest book: www.ash­by­fu­ner­al­home.com.


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