Family-Placed Death Notice
STEPHENSON, Diane Diane Durham Stephenson Diane died on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at her home in Dahlonega after a brief illness. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Alabama. Diane spent a number of years in teaching and research at the University of Georgia, she led the women's rights movement on the campus during the 60s. 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, Kidney Foundation of Georgia, NOA, Community Helping Place, and the Lumpkin Literacy Coalition. She was 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 partner Bill Shepherd, and Randall Stephenson; her step children Jennifer Greene, Chris and Amy Greene; and grandchildren Lindsey and Ella Greene; and her brother John Durham. A Celebration of Life honoring Diane and her many friends will be held at the Dahlonega Funeral Home beginning at 3pm on Saturday June 29th and a reception following at the Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, both in Dahlonega, In lieu of flowers, Diane requests that donations be made in her name to the Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church in Dahlonega, GA
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jun. 23, 2013.