Diana Lee Dumas-Goodson
On April 2, 2013, a party ensued at the pearly gates as Diana Lee Dumas-Goodson made her way into the heavens above. Those who knew Diana will forever carry with them the memory of a quiet, hardworking, eccentric young woman with unceasing devotion to the ones she loved and a fierce independence unmatched by anyone.
Born in Monroe, LA on January 24, 1947 to Robert and Dottie Dumas, Diana led a full and adventurous life. Diana spent much of her childhood with grandparents Mason and Eleanor Thompson. As a depression era family, their influence on Diana was evident in her lifelong ability to overcome any obstacle and live every day to its fullest.
As a young mother, Diana spent a good deal of time outdoors with her children. She loved spending weekends at Prairion Bayou camping under the stars. Her ghost stories told around midnight campfires could make a grown man shudder. Despite limited income, she always made each birthday and holiday seem better than the last. Her creativity made growing up around her memorable and fun.
If anything rivaled her excellent parenting skills… it was her ability to be the coolest grandma in the world. Memaw mastered video gaming alongside her grandson. The tickle monster was a frequent visitor who left all grandkids laughing uncontrollably. And how many grandmothers would take their grandkids for a drive through the local cemetery at 3 in the morning to watch a meteor shower…. Not to mention talking a police officer out of throwing them out after they were caught.
Diana always enjoyed an adventure. She spent time living near the beaches of Sarasota, Florida and in the mountains of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A private service was held at Lithia Springs First Assembly of God on April 5, 2013 in Lithia Springs, GA.
Diana was preceded in death by her father, Robert Dumas; brother, Michael Dumas and stepfather, Joseph Hilton Dukes.
Diana is survived by her mother, Dottie Dukes of Mer Rouge, LA; son, Kenneth Goodson of Athens, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and David Milner of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Matthew Todd, Celeste, Sarah and Corrina Milner; brothers, Jerry Dukes and Mike Dukes of Louisiana.
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Published in The News Star on Apr. 9, 2013