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McKinnon born September 27th, 1963 in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
After a long and courageous battle, Diane succumbed to complications from cancer on September 13, 2013 at home in Austin, Texas surrounded by her loving family and friends. A graduate of The Kinkaid School in Houston, The University of Virginia at Charlottesville and The Parsons School of Design in New York City, Diane enjoyed a successful and creative career in film production, media and advertising. Diane embraced her life and friends to the fullest. Her curiosity was boundless and her sense of humor a joy to us all.
Diane's network of friends, classmates and business associates flourished with each engagement in her life from Calgary to Houston to Charlottesville to New York to Los Angeles and finally to Austin Texas where she resided for the past 14 years. A long time executive at Sicola Martin in Austin, Diane recently joined the marketing team at AMD in 2012.
Preceded in death by her beloved father Murray, Diane is survived by her mother Jan of La Jolla, CA, her sister Caroline and brother Douglas and his wife Patricia of Denver, CO as well as nieces Allie Hutt, Catherine, Madeline and Elisabeth McKinnon and nephew Evan Arrowsmith and his wife Karen and their children Brayden and Zoe all of Denver, CO.
A sincere and heartfelt thank you from all of us to Diane's cousins; Jim Brett, Mark, Chris and Laura McKinnon and Murray and Neil McQueen and their collective families. We also wish to thank Diane's dear Austin family of friends Rob Miller, Hillary and Bill Geisler and Anne Ashmun amongst many others for your love and support of Diane.
To those friends who were able to visit Diane from near and far - thank you again for coming together to remind us of how special our beloved Diane has been to so many people. You all made Diane's life so rich and exciting - we are forever grateful.
As Diane wished, her ashes will be offered to the Pacific Ocean at La Jolla, California following a family service. A celebration of Diane's life will be held in Austin, Texas later this fall.
The family wishes to express our sincere appreciation to the physicians at Texas Oncology, the exceptional nurses and staff at Seton Hospital and Hospice of Austin for their help and guidance in our time of need. A special thanks to Betty and Chris for their compassionate care of Diane in her final days.
Contributions in Diane's name to the Breast Cancer Research Center of Austin www.bcrc.org would be most welcome.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2013