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Dianna was one of those people who touched the lives of all who came to know her. Her family was privileged to have her in their lives for almost 61 years and will continue to carry with them all that she taught, all that she shared, and most important, all that she loved. The years spent with Dianna afforded her family and friends the opportunity to experience her grace, love, and kindness first-hand. She provided encouragement and support no matter the situation or circumstance and was always there for her children, guiding them down the many paths that life took them. She gave freely of herself, saying 'Love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around your neck'. Her eyes were always filled with a spark, always filled with joy and love, always filled with compassion. Dianna was very active in her children's and grandson lives and liked to visit and chat with her neighbor Mildred.

Dianna is preceded in death by her parents, and her little brother. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, David, her children, daughter Jenifer and her husband Scott Boudar, daughter Joanna and her husband Mike Hall, son Jason, son-in-law Steven Stites, and grandson Jonas Stites, all of Austin, TX, a sister Jan Fulton and husband John of Amarillo, Texas, and two brothers Johnny Johnson and wife Sheila of Stillwater, OK., David Johnson and wife Melody of Rockwall, Texas, two special Aunts, Doris and Lorene and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and her lifetime friend Robin Greenley of Austin, TX

Dianna was born in Amarillo, TX and graduated from Tascosa High School in 1970. She met the love of her life while working at the Big Texan while they were both in high school. She followed her husbands Air Force career and moved to Wichita Falls, TX, Riverside, CA, Austin, TX, Izmir, Turkey, and then back to Austin, TX.

Dianna was an honor graduate from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, TX. Over her 20 year State career she worked for Child Protective Services in Riverside, CA, The Texas Department of Health Children have a Potential Program (CHiP), the Texas Workers Compensation Commission, the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a Paralegal.

Dianna was a lifelong Democratic and had an avid enthusiasm for politics. She loved gardening and enjoying life with her beloved grandson Jonas.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel at Cook-Walden Capital Parks in Pflugerville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Doctors without Borders or other nonprofit children advocacy groups.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2014.
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August 18, 2017
We've reached the point in the Beatles song where they ask "Will you still love me, will you still need me when I'm 64?" You aren't here but the answer to both is still "Yes". It always will be. You have half my soul forever... David
David Tillerson
August 3, 2017
Sat should have been our 45th anniversary, instead its just a week away from losing you. Im really trying to start a new life like you wanted me to. Making a mess of that I suspect. Just sick most of the time, down almost 80 lbs. im trying, but its so hard without you. Debbie deserves more than Ive been giving her. I never thought Id be in this shape or position. Kids and Jonas are doing well despite the lack of support Im giving them. You were the reason I ever accomplished anything, and I feel so used up. Im not going to quit though, still have a lot to see and do for you. I hope you know whats happening. I love you, I always will. David
David Tillerson
August 13, 2016
TWo years has gone so fast yet so slow.Still doesnt seem right. Nothing I can say will help or change. Still cant say goodbye. I Love You. DAvid
David Tillerson
August 5, 2016
Should be our 44th anniversary today. Not getting much easier. I guess you know what I've been up to. I know you'd approve. Debbie understands I'll always love you and isn't jealous. But I'm trying to start a new life like you wanted. Not going to be the same but I quess its not supposed to be. At least I'm not alone and I care a lot for what she's done. It's love but different. But we had 46 years to build what we had. I'll write more later. I love you- David
David Tillerson
January 8, 2016
The "Royal We" forever and ever. Happy Nrw Year sweet sister. I miss you more than ever. I know you are my bright and shining star. When I met with cousins Donna, Debbie, and Caron , we all felt your love. We promised to continue meeting in memory of you.
Love, Jan
Jan Fulton
January 8, 2016
Miss my " Royal We" sister. Love you more than you will ever know. You are my Angel and shining star.
Jan Fulton
December 10, 2015
2nd birthday without you lonelier than the first. All I could think of was that was also 2 year anniversary of chemo starting.. I hope you know how much I miss you and still love you. There will never be a replacement for you, or what we shared. Wish everyone else understood, and would stop worrying about me. I Love you Dianna.... David
David Tillerson
November 2, 2015
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
David Tillerson
October 6, 2015
Dianna about 1971. Picture shows her beauty so well.
I wish I had a poem or a song, well, there is part of a Beatles song with some line that I think says " theres a hole in my heart which keeps my mind from wandering". You have left such a big hole in my heart Dianna and now you've been gone a year and a week away from two months and my mind is wandering from loneliness.. I know you talked with Robin and the kids about me going on, not just giving up like I Have. I've stopped losing weight, but I feel so weak and I cant sleep without you beside me. Theres still lots of moments I want to join you, but I promised I wouldn't do anything. But you know all this and more. I hope so much that you can see whats been going on. I was so angry at God for taking you, how could anyone need or love you more than I did. Most of the anger is gone, but the tears still fall. I've tried to explain the loneliness to the kids, but I see the looks on their faces, because they lost the greatest mom they could have had, or I'd ever seen. So I can't talk that much because of their pain is as great as mine. The only thing ever special about me is that for reasons beyond my understanding, you loved me back and wanted to and did spend your life on just me. That made me special, I had you. And when I lost you, half of me died too. I know it wasn't in the ICU. I knew up in the room when you sat bolt upright in a room full of people and made direct eye contact with only me for a few precious seconds with such a startled and scared look. I know with all going on around you couldn't hear, but I mouthed fight, I love you, and when your eyes unfocused from mine, closed and you laid back, I knew you were beyond me. Im so sorry for the almost abuse down in ICU. I know that rarely works, but selfishly I let them pound on your beautiful body trying to bring you back. But I hope by then you didn't feel or notice any of that. I hoped you were so happy and being hugged by Steve, your Mom and Dad that you didn't notice me and the kids for a while. One thing I'm so sorry about is that at the funeral home when they asked Jan and I to view you, you looked so beautiful. What we picked out was so perfect. You just looked so peacefully asleep. I was so overwhelmed by the difference there and the hospital, I didn't think to have the kids come in and see your beauty. I so wish I had that moment back so I could have brought them in so that was the memory in their heads of their wonderful beautiful mother. Not the sheet covered ICU image. I was so wrong for not doing that, but i kissed your lips, told you I loved you in person one last time and Jan grabbed my arm, said my lips were the last to touch you. That thought almost dropped me. I just had to get out of there. I Know you know whats been going on here and want you to know that even me reading an email from another woman makes me feel unfaithful Dianna, but everyone says No, I have to live my life, they just can't understand without you by my side it's not life. Its just hell waiting for it all to end so I can hold you. i still Love You Dianna. It was love at first sight until and after the end. Look over and out for the kids when you can, and forgive me for my loneliness and dumping out feelings on here, but I don't care if anyone knows how much in love we were, and will always be. It was good for you to come to a dream the other night, thank you and I wish you'd do it more. Always your only real love- David
David Tillerson
September 12, 2015
Dianna about 1982 in Riverside.
"Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I'll love you more". The Beatles

Heard that and thought of you Dianna. Sure do miss you, nothings the same or worthwile wothout you next to me. Its been a year and a month and whoever said it gets easier after a year was wrong. Like the song said "I"ll love you more".. David
David Tillerson
August 19, 2015
I had been thinking this was the first birthday of yours since about 1970 that I had nothing to give you, but then I realized it's the 2nd. The first was a blur this one is just pain.. It's not your fault, you tried as hard as anyone could have, but I still miss you so much. I can give you my love which has only grown in the time we've been apart. I just wish I could hold you. You were more than one in a million Dianna, you were simply the One. Not an hour goes by without thinking of you. i've got the hummingbird feeders back up for you and I watch them and think about you all the time. It's so hot and dry, i'm struggling to keep the plants alive. Had a for sale soon sign up, but I had it removed and rhe contract cancelled.. I want out of here so bad, it's over half packed, plastic tubs to the ceiling in back bedroom. Just our bedroom, and kitchen besides a few odds and ends to finish. Then I don't know what. Have to find another place, but havent been impressed by anything i've seen. I don't think you would have liked them either. Hope to see you in a good dream soon. I Love You Dianna - David
David Tillerson
August 15, 2015
Our Rings I wear
David Tillerson
August 15, 2015
Dianna, I miss you so much. i know it's not the 16th, but it's Saturday and I don't know if it's a year today or tomorrow. It wouldn't matter, I still need to hold you and all I can do is tell you I Love You as much as I ever have, and need you more. The kids and Jonas are all thats keeping me here holding on. I can't decide from one day to the next to stay in this house or move. I don't want to undo our last big decision. I wish there was something I could do. All I can do and will do is to miss you more and love you more each day. You gave my life meaning and purpose. I Love You.. David
David Tillerson
August 4, 2015
Dianna in her late twenties. She could stop traffic with her smile.
David tillerson
August 4, 2015
Dianna batting those beautiful eyes, around 2012
David tillerson
August 3, 2015
Your 62nd birthday, wouldn't have seemed right
Too young too beautiful, too full of life
Each year that was more true.
I couldn't have been given any better a wife.
I didn't deserve you, that I always knew,
But I tried to earn your love every day.
Every way I could think of,
Every possible way.
I just wish you were here to hold.
And tell you I Love You, on another birthday.

Happy Birthday Dianna - I Love You..David
David Tillerson
August 3, 2015
Aug 13, 2014, can barely think of that day,
When I lost the most important thing in my life.
There's no reason it should have gone that way
You'd had such a happy peaceful day and night.
Watched some slides, got up for a ride.
When the lights turned out began the fight.
I could tell you were hurting , trouble to breathe.
Called for the nurse's, they did what they could
Turned out all that they could do is give you some ease.
You fought as hard as you could to hang on
And although it hurt so much to be there,
I had to stay and watch helpless until you were gone.
I'll never forget that room or that night.
I still wake up crying, looking for you in the house.
But alone I must lay there, empty bed on the right.
David Tillerson
August 3, 2015
Our 43rd Anniversary, Aug 5 is in a couple of days
Wont be any celebration or going out for dinner
But I wont stop counting, it has to be that way
You will always be my first and only wife
I'll never get over losing you that way
That day it seemed we lost more than just a life
I'll never forget the good times we shared
The places we went, the three kids we had
It just didn't matter how much I cared
But I'll always love you Dianna
I'll just have to keep on hoping against my fears
That I'm wrong and when it's all over,
That we'll be back together, and I can stop the tears

Happy Anniversary Dianna, Hold me in your dreams.
David Tillerson
May 28, 2015
As we all got ready for our nightly routine. We all gathered together and sat in our circle, as we do every night at bedtime story time. The books have been selected and Hayden is sitting in mommies lap. We open the first book and it begins to play. Twinkle twinkle little star, read and recorded by David and Dianna. As we all sat there listing to this amazing story and hearing your voices, I saw and felt us all smiling, and enjoying this beautiful story that you both recorded and hearing your voices read the pages brought so much joy to us all. We sat there together as the recording finished, and at that moment we knew an angel was watching over us. Thank for this joyful book that we get to enjoy every time.
Holger, Serena, and Hayden Goerz
May 27, 2015
Dianna & Jonas nappinqgqq
A photo of Dianna sleeping while holding her greatest accomplishment, being a grandmother to the greatest gift ever given to her, her grandson Jonas, who besides Jason our son were the only males I never was jealous of. Dianna was able to spread her love among the three men who gave meaning to her life. I Love you Jason and Jonas and always you Dianna.
David Tillerson
May 25, 2015
Mom, I think about you every day in nearly everything I do. It's hard to put these thoughts into words but I already know you are still with us all. Kim and I have some large white gardenias on the front porch that remind me that your are with me each time I leave and when I get home.

I love you so dearly much mom, Jason
Jason Tillerson
May 13, 2015
Todays been 9 months since I've been able to tell you I Love You while holding you. Im stiil holding you in my head and heart, and I Love You more than I ever have Dianna. I'm still lost without you, still waiting to see you in my dreams. Still wake up in a panic when you're not there. I'm always thinking of you and talking to your pictures, and I miss you more than I would have thought possible. One way, one of these days I have to be able to hold you again..I Love You Dianna ....always..your David.
David Tillerson
February 11, 2015
We love and miss you sweet Aunt!
"Bud" F
February 11, 2015
I am blessed to have an angel watch over me and comfort me daily. Miss you so much and love you more as time passes by.
February 11, 2015
6 Months

How can it be just six months when it feels like years?
In just six months, how can someone cry so many tears?

When you closed your eyes it took the blue from the sky..
Leaving only gray which my tears blur while all I do is cry..

I know I say I'd give anything for one more touch and kiss..
But i know in my heart that couldn't replace all that I miss..

I Love You Dianna, and that will never cease..
All I'm hoping for is that you're free from pain and in peace..
I still blame myself for missing something I could have done..
But I realize if I didn't I'd blame those who
said things that couldn't be undone..

But I hope with all my heart that there will be another chance..
To hold and kiss you and I'd be so happy you'd finally get me to dance.

I Love and miss you Dianna more than I could ever explain. The kids are holding on and without them I couldn't take this pain. I hope you hear me each night when I talk to your pictures and tell you how much you're missed and how my Love for you continues to grow. I know how you loved Valentines Day and this little poem is for that. I've put a red rose by your photos, it's not enough, but without you nothing is. Be at Peace Dianna, until we can see each other again. I Love You -David
David Tillerson
January 3, 2015
There still isn't a moment that goes by that I'm not missing you. I can still smell your perfume and feel you in my dreams. I'd give anything and everything just to hold you for a moment more. It's so hard to look at a picture of you without nearly coming apart, but there's not a chance i'd move a one of them. FortyTwo years of marriage wasn't nearly enough time with you. I can't imagine any length that would have been. The days crawl by without you, the only way i'll get over this is when i'm with you again. In this case, absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder, it just makes it lonelier. I'll be waiting for you in my dreams Dianna, if thats as close as I can be right now, i'll make it do. I Love you more each day. David
November 15, 2014
Dianna sorry I haven't written, I've been to much of a coward to look on here. I love and miss you so much, I've lost 40 lbs crying over you, I promise to write more. I'm just not the same person without you. As fast as time goes I hope it won't be long before we get to hold easy other again, I love you more each day,see you soon I hope. I Love You - David
David Tillerson
October 18, 2014
I miss you so much! Love always and forever
Jan Fulton
August 27, 2014
Mom, not a day will pass when you are not on my mind. I will always keep the great memories with me. I love you and miss you so much.
Jason Tillerson
August 15, 2014
To the Entire Tillerson Family,

My deepest prayers and condolences to your whole family!!
Leslie Gatlin
August 15, 2014
Jason, we're thinking of you and sending prayers and sincere sympathies on your loss. God bless you and your family and may HE give you and your family peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Your Mom was an awesome lady! Be in peace knowing that she is in heaven now and will be your Angel watching over you and the family. God bless her. We will keep praying for you.
David & Rosie Rivas
August 15, 2014
Dear David, Jason, Joanna, and Jennifer words can't say enough of how saddened we are of the loss of Dianna. I am very blessed to have known your mom and very honored to be her brother in law. The love and compassion Dianna gave to everyone, shows how much of a kind hearted woman she truly was. The openness and acceptances that I have received from this family is something I never expected to have felt. I am very blessed to be a part of this family, and will always cherish the memories of her and also with Hayden, who was touched by an angel and I'm so happy that she brought happiness to your mom's heart. You all are amazing and a mirror image of your mom and her character. Dianna is and will always be proud of you guys. We love you all and will always keep her in our hearts and soul everyday!
Holger, Serena, and Hayden Goerz
Holger, Serena, and Hayden Goerz
August 15, 2014
I love you more than a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck
Your loving sister
Jan Fulton
August 15, 2014
Jason, with deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. Our heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time.
George and Becky Ramirez
August 14, 2014
Knowing you Jenifer and how wonderful a person you are.... your dad and mom were and are great people.I am sad I never did ever get to meet her. Our wishes to you and your family that at least one wonderful thing to happens to each of you everyday. Love Julie Lee and Mary Jo Galindo
julie lee
August 14, 2014
My heart goes out to the family. I was a neighbor to the Tillerson family and my son Fred often stayed overnight with Jason. That was almost 30 yrs ago & to learn this sad news today broke my heart. Mrs. Tillerson you will be greatly missed. Fred's mom, the Jimison Family, New York
Sylvia Jimison
August 14, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I am so happy I had the opportunity to reconnect with you and meet Dianna in La Grange when I was working there. That will always be a special visit that I will forever cherish. She was such a sweet person and I thought over talking during lunch how lucky a person you were to have such a kind, thoughtful, and beautiful woman. You were so fortunate to have all those years together. I wish I could make it to the service. My thoughts will be with you.

Your cousin,
Dewayne Whitten
August 14, 2014
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mom. Our hearts go out to you and your family during this time and in the days to come. Just know that you are loved.
Love you,
Frank & Debbie Boudar
August 14, 2014
Jason & Family - So very sorry for your loss. Want you all to know my family is praying all of you.
Gregg Lee
August 13, 2014
I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Sending light and love to you and your family.
Connie Kaiser
August 13, 2014
Jenifer, Jason, & Joanna,
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your precious mother. It's always so difficult to find the right words to say at a time of sadness like this. Just know that our hearts and our prayers are with you all.
Lonnie & Beverly Reed
Lubbock, TX
Beverly Reed
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