Diana Lynn Whitehead Smith
Diana Lynn Whitehead Smith
July 15, 1957 - April 16, 2011
Diana Lynn Whitehead Smith, 53, of Wichita Falls, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011.
A Christian vigil service will be held at 7p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Lunns Colonial Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. John Swistovich officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the ion of Lunns Colonial Funeral Home.
Diana was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to David L. and Rosemary Edmonson Whitehead on July 15, 1957. She lived in Wichita Falls for most of her life.
In high school, Diana was a member of the Junior Senior Forum and was presented as a debutante in 1975. She was also a Bethania Sweetheart throughout her high school years and was honored for having the most Sweetheart volunteer hours at the time.
Diana graduated in 1980 from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Mass Communications in Journalism. When she started college she actively participated as a Big Sister in the Big BrotherBig Sister organization and continued after college to maintain those relationships. She began her career at the Lubbbock Avalanche Journal newspaper. During her time there, she became the first ever female Classified Advertising Manager. While in Lubbock she was involved and graduated from the Leadership Lubbock Program. Eventually her career led her back to Wichita Falls where she was instrumental in bringing the first telecommunications call center to the city. She was also a participant in Leadership Wichita Falls. Most recently, Diana was the Manager of the Customer Care Center for Assurant Solutions in Lawton, Oklahoma. She loved her job and the wonderful people she worked with. She was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and also was a part of the St. Josephs Altar Society Circle.
She loved traveling, casinos, her family, and her dogs, for which she had a special place in her heart, and turtles, which she started collecting as a child and continued to collect throughout her life, but by far her greatest accomplishment was the birth of her twin sons in 1987. She loved spending time with them, especially watching their favorite TV shows and going to the movies together.
She is survived by her sons, Harlan and Hunter father, David L. Whitehead two sisters, Dorothy Freeman and husband Ronnie of Lewisville, Texas and DeeDee Forney and husband Alan of Wichita Falls Texas, two brothers David Whitehead and wife Catharina of Panama City, Florida, and Daniel Whitehead of Wichita Falls, Texas, three nieces and six nephews who knew her as Aunt Di and her fourlegged family members, Marley, Sammie, and Prudence, along with numerous other relatives and friends.
She was recently preceded in death by her mother, Rosemary E. Whitehead.
Pallbearers will be Jason Curtis, Connor Underwood, Bryce Berryman, Ross Brotherton, David Cluley, Tyler Rushing, Quinn Wilson, and Rob Carroll. Honorary Pall Bearers are James Johnson, Braden Mummert, William Hunter, Jacob Chavez, and Wesley Vinson.
The family suggests memorials either to the Humane Society of Wichita Falls, 4360 Old Iowa Park Rd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76305 or The National Kidney Foundation, 1517 10th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas, 76301.