Diane Durham Stephenson died at her home in Dahlonega on Saturday, June 8, 2013, after a brief illness.
Diane earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Alabama. She spent a number of years in teaching and research at the University of Georgia
, where she led the women's rights movement on the campus during the 1960s. Thereafter, she began a life-long career as a general contractor, the only woman in that profession in the Atlanta area at that time.
Diane helped start many human service organizations, including the Atlanta Gay Center, the Kidney Foundation of Georgia, No One Alone, the Community Helping Place, and the Lumpkin Literacy Coalition. She was also a founding member of the Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, in Dahlonega, having been a member of that church all of her adult life.
Survivors include her life partner of 16 years, Betty Greene; her children, Fred Stephenson, Donna Stephenson (and her partner, Bill Shepherd), and Randall Stephenson; her step-children, Jennifer, Chris, and Amy Greene; her grandchildren, Lindsey and Ella Greene; and her brother, John Durham.
A celebration of life service honoring Diane and her many friends will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Dahlonega Funeral Home, with a reception following at the Georgia U.U. Mountains Church, in Dahlonega.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, Diane requests that donations be made in her name to the Georgia Unitarian Universalist Church, in Dahlonega.