Diane Virginia Ford (1945 - 2005)

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Homegoing Celebration for
First Lady Diane Virginia Ford

Sunset-October 19, 1945
November 20, 2005

Friday, November 25, 2005
Viewing 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Service 11:00 a.m.
Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Nanjemoy, Maryland

Reverend Francis J. Ford, Pastor
Reverend Charles M. White, Jr., Officiating

Howard Ford
Johnny Hart
Curtis Ford
Kenneth Ford
Spaulding Ford
Ricardo Broughton

Honorable Pallbearers:
Anthony Hinnant
Lawrence Jones

Floral Bearers:
Relatives and Friends

Our Gratitude:
The Family would like to express our sincerest love and appreciation for all of the well wishes, cards, phone calls, letters, love and prayers. The love and concern that you have shown us during our time of bereavement have surely been a blessing to us and although times are going to be difficult, we continue to ask for your prayers and support through these times. Special thanks to the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church Family. May God continue to bless and keep you.

Church Cemetery

Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church Lower Auditorium

Services Entrusted to:
Thornton Funeral Home, P.A.
3439 Livingston Road
Indian Head, Maryland 20640
301-283-6841 or 301-375-7855


On Sunday, November 20, 2005, Almighty God, in His wise providence called his daughter Diane home to her eternal resting place.

Diane Virginia Ford was born on October 19, 1945 in Washington, D.C., to the late Bernard Stewart and Bernice Perry.

Diane attended school in Washington, D.C., graduating from Eastern high School in 1963. She truly loved the Lord, accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord at an early age. Diane attended Community United Methodist Church under the leadership of Reverend John L. Ford, serving on the Usher Board, attending Sunday School Services and singing in the choir.

Diane met and married Francis J. Ford on November 30, 1968, together they joined the Woodland Village Baptist Church in Indian Head, Maryland under the leadership of Reverend Yancy Warren. While there, Diane taught beginners Sunday School Class, sang on the Freedom Jubilees Choir, held the position of President of the Usher Board and worked on the Pastor’s Aid Committee. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 27, her favorite songs were “Won’t It Be Wonderful When I Get to Glory Land”, Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and Walk around Heaven All Day”

Diane was a foster mother for over thirty five years, she loved and cared for over forty children.

Diane was preceded in death by her Sister, Barbara Perry Bunn; brother Walter Perry; and three grandchildren, Ronnie Lee, and Zaden and Lauren Jones.

Diane leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband, Reverend Francis J. Ford, to whom she was married for thirty six years, eleven months and twenty days. She also leaves to cherish her memory; daughters, Kim Taylor, Angela Ford, India Jones, Kontina Ford Zeigler, Shantrell Ashworth, Shakida Ford, Sierra Ford, Monique Overton, Nicole Overton, Lashawn Scott, Joy Hargrove, Chelsea, Tabitha, Tracey and Ingrid; sons, Lawrence Jones, Ronald Ward, Gregory Ford, Devon Ford, Walter Ford, Lakeith Wages, Gary Williamson, Robert Frazier, William Parkmond, Richard, Carron, Johnathan, and Joe Penn (Shakida’s special friend). Her grandchildren who affectionately called her MaMa; Alonzo, Darrell, Shaunnae’, Janita, Jesse, Jayah, Diamond, Jazlynn and Kemora.; sister Laverne Robinson; two nieces, Arnice Pleasant and Monika Robinson; three great nieces, Bianca, Brittany and Bria Pleasant; three great aunts, Harriet Jones, Alice Wilson and Janie Brown; brothers-in-law, Charles, Howard, Clarence, Spaulding, Curtis, Richard and William; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth, Carolyn, Tina, Bertha, Gloria, Maggie, Evelyn, Lorraine and Doris; sons-in-law, Marcellus Taylor, Jesse Ziegler; daughter-in-law, Mia Jones; Special Godchildren, Pauline, Charlene, Tiffany, Jay, Marketa, Anthony, Denise, Delonte’, Juanita, Michelle and Iyanna; her closest and dearest friends; Bernice Harris of Jacksonville, Florida; Kathleen Hart of LaPlata; and Sandra Williams of Oxon Hill and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends near and far.

Diane was loved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.
Published online on Nov. 23, 2005 courtesy of Thornton Funeral Home, P.A..
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