Diana Kay "DeeDee" Mitchell (1943 - 2013)

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Mitchell, Diana Kay "DeeDee" Born in Lufkin, on March 2, 1943, Texas Independence Day, Diana Kay ("DeeDee" to her Dallas friends) died in Kindred Central Dallas Hospital at age 70 on September 16, 2013, after battling breast cancer for fourteen years. She is predeceased by her parents, Hubbard Kay and Johnnie Harvill Mitchell. After graduating from Lufkin High School in 1961, Diana Kay received her bachelor's degree in business from North Texas State University in Denton in January 1965. Betty Clinkinbeard, the mother of Mary Lee Bryant, DeeDee's college roommate, introduced DeeDee to her first job as a medical transcriptionist for UT Southwestern Medical School's pathology professor, Charlie Ashworth, M.D., and to her first apartment roommate, Sonja Romanowski, as Betty "Clink" was Sonja's work secretary. Except for one year, DeeDee continued to work for Dr. Ashworth and his successor pathology labs until she retired in 2000 from the lab that had grown to become part of Quest Diagnostics. DeeDee and Sonja became lifelong best friends and the sister each one never had. They learned to share one bathroom while they were roommates in the 1960's and happily exploited that niche "talent" in worldwide travels to over 50 countries on every continent except Antarctica over the next 45 years. DeeDee conquered her severe stuttering by her early 30's, going on to become a proficient and effective public speaker. She served as President of the Dallas Chapter of the American Association for Medical Transcriptionists, held offices in Texas and nationally, and achieved CMT status. She served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer of Denton's Venture Investment Club, served as Secretary for Fun Funds Investment Club, as well as Treasurer of her church, St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed, a United Church of Christ congregation, in Dallas. Diana Kay was honest and truthful to a fault, never comfortable making the "little white lies" most of us make and assume others say. She was a talented pianist, a naturally gifted soprano, crocheted beautifully, was a good charcoal sketcher. She was very talented mechanically, becoming a Powder Puff Mechanics graduate, learning to change the oil in her beloved Volvo and to change the "works" inside toilets. She could be called upon day or night to "fix" obstreperous computers. She was creative, fun-loving, and ingenious until the final days of her life when 50 pounds of abdominal and lower extremity fluid buildup (from breast cancer which had metastasized to her liver) sapped her strength, made her breathless, and diminished her indomitable "joie de vivre". DeeDee is survived by her "Mitchell Clan" of cousins, including Glenda Terrell, Sharon Daniel, Oleta Stewart of Lufkin, Bob Mitchell of Ennis, and by her Dallas "made up family", including Sonja Romanowski, Barbara Bilger, Doris Campbell Romanowski, Pat and Jim Engelbrecht, Jaye Sanford, Janet Stiles, Barbara Lochridge Hogue, John Bargman, Parker Day, Art Sellevold, and Heidi, her beloved, lovable cat. DeeDee was most grateful for the determined, expert, sensitive medical care she received from Bijal Modi, M.D., her oncologist since her breast cancer spread to her liver and bone in 2009, and the entire Texas Oncology staff at THR Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Following services at Gipson Funeral Chapel on September 19, she was buried in Garden of Memories Park in Lufkin. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Church, 6464 East Lovers Lane, the Rev. Dr. Charles Rice officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's E&R UCC Church, 6464 East Lovers Lane Dallas, TX 75214; to Blue Candlelight Music Series, 14792 Lochinvar Court, Dallas, TX 75254; or to the .

Published in Dallas Morning News from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29, 2013
Diana Kay "DeeDee" Mitchell
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