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Diana L. Jones, 68, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014, at her home after a courageous, three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Her husband of 47 years, Leslie C. Jones, was at her side. Before moving to Texas in 1992, she spent many fun-filled years living at Lake Valhalla in Montville, N.J.
Diana was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend completely dedicated to her family. She loved fine dining, entertaining, vacationing, and traveling with her family and friends. She brought happiness and fun into life with appreciation and consideration for everyone around her.
Diana Lee Greene was born and raised in Easton, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Velma Schmell Greene Kurtz, and granddaughter of the late Florence and Charles Schmell. She graduated from Easton Area High School in 1963 where she was a cheerleader. Her father was the late Douglas Greene of Springfield, Missouri.
She had a career in journalism that began as a writer and then editor of the society department at the Easton Express. She later was foreign trade and shipping editor of the Journal of Commerce, New York, then national copy desk editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and features editor of the Daily Record, Parsippany, N.J., where she earned numerous awards from the New Jersey Press Association. After moving to Texas in 1992, she was an editor in the features department of the Houston Chronicle. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and Moravian College.
Throughout her life, she traveled extensively throughout the US, the Caribbean islands, Mexico, the Far East, the South Pacific, France, Italy, Spain and other countries. She loved her trips to Burgundy and Piedmonte to enjoy fine food and wine. She was an accomplished cook who delighted in preparing elaborate, delicious dinners for her family and friends and pairing them with an exquisite glass of fine wine. She was a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs chapters in The Woodlands and Houston, and the Societe Mondiale du Vin. She enjoyed many family ski vacations throughout the country, in addition to Manchester, Vermont, where the family spent quality time at their winter home. She was a founding member of the Sam Houston Corvette Club.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Kirsten York, The Woodlands, Texas, and grandchildren, Matthew and Cecily, all of The Woodlands, and their father, Whitney York, also of The Woodlands; a son, Geoffrey, his wife, Lara, and grandchildren, Chloe and Cullen, all of Missouri City, Texas; two sisters, Barbara Price and Patricia Brammer, both of Springfield, Missouri, nieces and nephews; and her aunt, Betty Fallin of Cary, North Carolina.
Memorial services will be held at The Woodlands Conference Center on Sunday, January 19th at 3 pm in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance, 901 E Street NW, Suite 405, Washington, DC 20004 or other cancer research organizations of your choice.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 12, 2014
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