Diane Rowland Massey

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Massey, Diane Rowland

Diane Rowland Massey was born in New York City in 1936.

She received her BA from Principia College and her MA from Syracuse University. Her passions were family, education, and travel.

During an adventurous lifetime she visited most states in the country and most countries in the world. Diane taught at international schools in Malaysia, Thailand, and was the principal of the international school in Saigon from 1970-1974. While living in Vietnam she frequently fostered children scheduled by international organizations for adoption in the United States. She touched many more lives by helping friends find children overseas for adoption here in the USA. Adults now, some of the children were able to visit her in her final days. She also owned, along with her husband, a Montessori school in southern Texas with about 250 students. After 20 years of teaching there, Diane moved to Albuquerque in 1996. She continued her passion for teaching in Albuquerque by assisting other families in homeschooling. She also helped set up a tutoring program for neighborhood children at the First Universal Unitarian Church where she was a member.

Diane passed away peacefully on August 13, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 60 years; her three children; and seven grandchildren. Diane will be sorely missed by her devoted family and many friends for her loving disposition, sunny smile, and sparkling blue eyes.

To continue her desire to assist needy families, donations in her memory can be made to the La Mesa Presbyterian Church, 7401 Copper Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Aug. 27, 2017