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Diana REED


REED, DianaAge 56 of Brentwood, TN. October 3, 2012. Diana Reed is survived by her husband, Wayne A. Reed; sons, Erik and Kevin Reed; step mother, Carol Pike Bergeson; brother, Bob Bergeson; nieces, Laura Bergeson Penn (Chris) and Samantha Lynn Bergeson. Born in Oak Park, IL, Diana moved to wherever her father was hired to teach architecture. In 1974, she graduated from Christiansburg HS in VA, then attended UVA for two years. She and husband Wayne met in Christiansburg, married in 1976, and moved to Nashville, where she completed a degree in dietetics at Vanderbilt. In 1984, she earned an accounting degree from MTSU to help her husband, a CPA, who had learned he had a form of ALS. Diana also worked part-time at the Otter Creek pre-school and kindergarten, where she found women who became her lifetime friends. Her step mother says that like her father, Diana was somewhat "larger than life," and filled a room with her enthusiastic conversation and laughter. Friends agree. The large book club that met at her house learned quickly that she devoured good books, stopping always to smell the pages. She was thoughtful, insightful, and articulate with a quick, broad smile, and a hearty laugh. She involved herself in Bible studies, making large numbers of friends. A person of deep, unshakeable faith, like an OT prophet, Diana wrestled with God as she watched her husband's disease progress. Diana and Wayne made the wedding promise "for better or worse" a reality lived before the world in a loving, enviable marriage. Though sometimes beyond exhaustion, she continued to serve her devoted husband tenderly and relentlessly. Wayne and Diana had a passion for the poor, understanding the critical need for education and affordable housing. When others would have said, "We have enough on our plate, thank you," Diana and Wayne led Otter Creek Church in the 1998 creation of the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center, a Three-Star-Quality preschool for at-risk children. They worked together as well to find affordable housing for low-income families. As accountants for the preschool, Wayne and Diana knew every family and child by name. Their passion for the poor inspired yet another group of likeminded and devoted friends, who continue the work the Reeds began. Friends will gather at the Otter Creek Church, 409 Franklin Road on Sunday, October 7, 2012 for visitation from 3-5 p.m. and a celebration of Diana's life at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center, 11-B Lindsley Avenue, Nashville, TN 37210. WOODBINE FUNERAL HOME, HICKORY CHAPEL DIRECTORS, (615) 331-1952. Still Family Owned
Published in The Tennessean on Oct. 6, 2012
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