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Shirley Dianne Berryhill Smith, 60, died Saturday, January 19, at Baptist Hospital SICU in Jackson, MS after losing a long battle with recurring metastatic breast cancer. Mortimer Funeral Home is handling her final arrangements and cremation. A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 22 at Isola Baptist Church in Isola, MS with Brother Tony Blanchard officiating. Visitation with the family was held at the church at 1:00PM the same day. Following the service the family received guests at Dianne's residence on Oak Street in Belzoni, MS.
Dianne attended Isola Consolidated School and graduated from Belzoni High School, where she excelled in basketball. She held a Bachelors Degree from Mississippi State College for Women and a Masters Degree from Henderson State University in special education. She also held a Masters Degree in school administration from Delta State University.
She was a life-long educator, teaching in several states and cities.
Dianne is survived by her daughter, Wendelin Dianne Smith Brewer(Bill), and two grandsons, Brandon and Austin of Tampa, Florida.
She is also survived by her mother, Alyene Berryhill of Isola, MS., her brother, Neal Berryhill(Ann) of Franklin, Tn., niece Nikki Berryhill Jackson (Tony) and great-nieces Maril and Ellis of Starkville, MS, and her sister, Toni Gary of Inverness, MS., and nephew Addison Hall (Irene) and great-nieces Baker and Maddie of Flowood, MS, niece Kris Gary Artman (Paul) of Inverness,MS, and nephew J. Gary and great-niece Amelia Cate, and great-nephews Loftin and Matthew of Isola, MS. Dianne was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Richard Berryhill of Isola, MS. Dianne is also survived by many good friends in Belzoni, MS…especially the BOBS.
The family would like to express special gratitude to the outstanding nursing staff at Baptist Hospital SICU in Jackson, MS. Their loving and compassionate care made Dianne's last few weeks the best that they could be under the circumstances. They treated her as if she were a member of their own family, and made her final journey home to be with the Lord a peaceful one.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The
or to Mississippi University for Women.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Jan. 24, 2013