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Diane Lynn (Magruder) Sowder

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(MAGRUDER), age 55 of St. Cloud, FL passed away peacefully at home on March 9 after a brief illness. She was born on October 22, 1957 in Orlando, FL to Robert (Con) Magruder and the late Mary Catherine Magruder. She leaves behind her husband John; their loving son Nicholas Paul Sowder; and their dog Skippy. Survivors include her sister Debi (Noel) Lasik; nieces Tiffany and Jessica, nephews Justin and Marshall; brother Robert Magruder Jr. (Brenda) their children Robbie and Jennifer; grand nieces and nephews; as well as her youngest sibling Michelle Hooper and son Bryce. She is also survived by her Uncle Brock (Polly) Magruder Sr.; cousin Brock (Kathy) Magruder Jr. Aunt Lorene Pearman, and Aunt Pauline Sowder; brother in law Mike (Carol) Sowder, sister in law Nora (Mike) Waters, and their families. A 1975 graduate of Colonial High School, Diane spent the last 18 years working with disadvantaged students in Osceola and Orange County Public Schools, most lately, Endeavor Elementary. Diane had lots of friends called her YaYa's. Her dearest friend is Sherry Shattuck of Savannah, GA. Diane was her happiest at the beach, camping, and fishing or at home enjoying a bonfire. There was always a practical joke up her sleeve. A celebration of life will be held Saturday March 16, 2013 at 3:30 at The Cypress Grove House 290 Holden Avenue Orlando, Florida 32839 In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to an educational account called an ESA-7 for Nicholas Paul Sowder at any Central Florida Federal Educators Credit Union.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Mar. 13, 2013
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