Condolence & Memory Journal

Out of the total blue I dreamed about Diana last night. Actually I dreamed about Gary (who I never met) & Diana. In the dream I was quite upset about her passing. Isn't it odd that it took me a year and a half to get these feelings out? But I feel it was more than a dream because it is so vivid (most dreams I can barely recall the next morning.) I think she was telling me & now I am sharing with you, that her spirit is still alive.
I only knew Diana as a customer when I managed 2 different boutiques in Austin, so for me to dream about her was, I think, rather unusual. But she was always a delight, always interesting & always interested in what others were doing as well. She was indeed beautiful inside & out & I guess I miss having her soul here on earth.
This is something I wanted to share with family & close friends of Diana because I do believe her soul reaches out to us.

Posted by Diane Lyerly - Austin - friend   September 16, 2014

Gary - John and I, and our family are so sorry to hear of Diana's passing - I knew that she was ill but I had no idea how quickly her health was deteriorating. I have known Diana since I was a little girl in Amarillo and she was always a mentor of style and grace for me, and when y'all moved to Austin, we became friends. She fought a long, hard battle with beautiful grace and strong, southern dignity. We will all truly miss her. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this very difficult time.


Lori and John Babineau

Posted by Lori Babineau - Austin, TX - friend   March 18, 2013


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cheryl Hall Cohen

Posted by Cheryl Cohen - Amarillo, TX - Friend   March 03, 2013

Diana is someone I have known my entire life, and I wanted to express my sincere condolences at her passing. Her mother was my father's secretary for a while when I was very young and we had lots of contact through church, etc.
She was always a beauty and impeccably attired - I believe the last time I saw here was in the late '70s when I visited Childress and attended a football game.
You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Allen Kimbrough - Phoenix, AZ - Family Friend   February 20, 2013

Gary...My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Earla Carmack Houser - Burleson, TX - Friend   February 19, 2013

Gary, I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dian's mother, Alice, when I lived in Childress in 1966 and 1967. During this time I got to know Dian and found her to be one of the most caring and wonderful person I've ever known. I lost my wife four years ago, so I can relate to your loss.

You and your family are in my prayers.

Is Alice still living? If so could you let me know, when you find the time, how I could contact her?

God bless you.

Posted by Stewart Reeves - Odessa, TX - Friend   February 17, 2013

Gary, I am so sorry to hear about Diana's passing. I remember you and Diana from our high school days. Our prayers are with you and Diana.

Although it is impossible to see beyond your pain,
May we look back to good memories to comfort and help you today
May your heart and soul find peace and happiness.
May the blessings of God be upon you,
May peace is always within your soul,
May its essence illuminate your heart,
Now and forever more

Posted by Joe Tupen Howard - Kyle, TX   February 17, 2013


Although my relationship with Diana was short, she left a lasting impression on me. Such a kind and gracious woman with a beautiful smile. I will miss that smile that she shared with all that knew her. May her family find comfort to know that she is in a better place, and may the beautiful memories of her be with you always.

Posted by Janis Beck - Austin, TX - Friend   February 16, 2013

What a privilege it was to know Diana. She was the personification of being a lady. Those of us who knew her will feel her absence for a long time. She always lit up a room and was such a wonderful addition to the No Pressure Book Club.
Know that so many have the Compton family in our thoughts and prayers.
In His love and ours, Kay and John Braziel

Posted by Kay Braziel    February 16, 2013

Diana was such a beautiful lovely lady that was a special part of our book club. She was generous kind and such a delight to have a conversation with. Her eyes were intent on you as if you were the only one in the room. She will be dearly missed. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Kay Gregory - Austin, TX - friend   February 16, 2013

Gary, I'm so sorry for your loss. I got to know Dian when I lived and worked in Childress from 1965 through 1967. Although it has been 45 years since I've seen her, I know she was a very caring and wonderful person then and I'm sure that never changed during her life.
I also developed a close friendship with her mother Alice, and don't know if she is still living. If she is, would you let me know so I could contact her.
Again, my sympathy goes out to you and your family along with my prayers.

Posted by Stewart Reeves - Odessa, TX   February 16, 2013


Bill and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to you during your loss of the love of your life and your best friend. We feel blessed to have had Diana in our lives, she was so supportive and thoughtful, talented and artistic, beautiful and loving.
We will all miss her but know she is whole and healthy in a lovely place.
Nancy and Bill

Posted by Nancy and Bill Gorman - Austin, TX - Neighbor, Friend   February 15, 2013

We will always remember her friendship and that beautiful smile. Gary our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Posted by Mike and Mary Moore - Amarillo, TX - Friends   February 15, 2013


I cannot even imagine our No Pressure Book Club without Diana. I just looked through the beautiful Memory Book she put together in 2009-2010. She had asked each person in the book club to create a page filled with photos and memories. I will treasure it always. Her page to me included photos of Carmel, Santa Fe, a beautiful photo of her and Gary in their Watersedge Garden Room and some photos of the "over-the-top" Formby Christmas lights--all things we happily shared.
For the end of the 2011 - 2012 Book Club year Diana asked each book club member to answer the question "How has being a member of The No Pressure Book Club changed your life?" I just reread the thoughtful four paragraphs she wrote in answer to that question. Here was her how she ended her page: "I have been blessed with so many wonderful friendships as a result of being a member of the No Pressure Book Club. Thank you, Katrine, for giving me all these opportunities and for inviting me to be a part of this very special group."
I will miss so many things about her: her beauty, her sense of style, her kindness, her generosity, her humor, her love of all things red, her happily-ever-after marriage with a husband she adored and most of all I will miss being in her presence where she always "added to." I am so happy that I told her many times how much I appreciated her friendship--that she always "added to" any gathering. We were all lucky to know her.

Posted by Katrine Formby    February 15, 2013


Gary so sorry for your loss--prayers are with you

Posted by Janette Compton McGoey - Fort Worth, TX - Daughter of Harvey Compton   February 15, 2013

Been many years since Childress.
My prayers for you on the passing of Dianah. The Reeves informed me of her death.

Posted by Jim Morgan, Stuart, FL - Stuart, FL - School friend   February 15, 2013

I am so sorry to learn of Diana's passing and your loss. She was truly a Texas treasure and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this incredibly difficult time.

Posted by Rick Grundman - Oklahoma City, OK - friend   February 15, 2013

Gary, I am so sorry to hear about Diana. I know you will miss her greatly, as will all of her friends and family. She and I shared many a class and assembly in high school and I truly enjoyed knowing her.

Posted by Lynn Bettis    February 15, 2013

Gary, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Diana was such a beautiful and sweet person. Sorry for her long illness. God Bless you.

Posted by Darlene Arrington - Midlothian, TX - High School friend   February 15, 2013


Gary , you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Randy

Posted by Randy Lee - Austin, TX - Friend   February 15, 2013

Gary, so sorry for the passing of Diana. Prayers and thoughts are
with you in this time of loss. May God be with you and your family.

Posted by Gay Morris Jackson - Cleburne, TX - HIgh School Friend   February 15, 2013

Posted by BILLIE(MRS JOHN) CURRIE - Amarillo, TX   February 15, 2013

Dear Gary,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Diana's passing. She was always a truly beautiful lady, inside and out. Both of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ron and Courtney

Posted by Ron and Courtney Schultz - Houston, TX   February 15, 2013

Gary- Leslie and I were saddened to hear about Diana's death. We knew she had been ill for a long time, but in typical fashion she never let illness dictate her daily life or interfere with her contributions to the world at large. She was a good person in every sense of the word.

We have many fond memories of our times with the two of you in Amarillo and Austin- full of laughter, events large and small, and anecdotes galore . May the good memories of your life with Diana sustain you in this time of sorrow and release. We will be thinking of you and praying for you.

When it is right, please give us a call or drop us a line.

Tom and Leslie Stephens

Posted by A friend   February 15, 2013

Gary, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have are fond memories of Diana from our high school days. May God give you peace.

Posted by Pat Compton Lewis - Rhome, TX - High School friend   February 15, 2013

Hated to hear about Diana. Had no idea she was battling this disease. Gary, you & your family are in our prayers.

Posted by jimmy smith - childress, TX - school classmates   February 15, 2013

I worked with Diana at Colberts years ago and I always thought she was a wonderful person. She was full of grace and friends to everyone. I really enjoyed talking wih her. I am so sorry for your loss of such a sweet lady.

Posted by Judy Clemmer - Amarillo, TX - former work associate   February 14, 2013

Gary, our family is so sad for your loss. Diana was a lovely lady.

Posted by Deanna Allison - Rockwall, TX - Friend   February 14, 2013

Gary-We are so sorry to learn that Diana has passed. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by John and Peggy Hall - Austin, TX   February 14, 2013

Dearest Gary,

What a beautiful life you have made with your sweet Diana. May those precious memories be comforting to you in the days ahead.

Keeping you and the rest of your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Carolyn & Larry Carrick - Childress, TX - high school friend   February 14, 2013

I met this beautiful lady through my friend Norma Gillingwater and her sister Jessica Attra. I only had the the opportunity to spend time with Diana on a couple of occasions but she left a sweet impression on me and I will always remember her. Such a kind and wonderful spirit! My condolences to the family. May the memories of her love bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Posted by Denise Callahan - Pflugerville, TX   February 14, 2013

Gary, you are in our hearts and prayers. Diana was so beautiful and we know your loss is great. Take care of your memories, they will sustain you. Love, Jonas & GwenC

Posted by Jonas & Gwen Dubois - Dumas, TX - Friend   February 14, 2013

Diana was so special. We are thinking of you and praying for God's grace and courage in the days ahead. Our Love, Waylon and Brenda Adams

Posted by Waylon and Brenda (Frith) Adams - Amarillo, TX - Amarillo Friends   February 14, 2013

Diana was one of the sweetest people. She is truly one of a kind.
So sorry for your loss Gary. May God be with you and your family.

Posted by Carla Gregory Reed - Rockport, TX   February 14, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days to come. A special woman, Diana was a joy to work along side at Colbert's and I will always cherish thoses times. God Bless.
Ben Durham

Posted by Ben Durham - Lubbock, TX   February 14, 2013

Gary my sympathy to you - what a beautiful, delightful lady was Diana and I was always happy to see her. May her soul, along with all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Pauline Hefley/Santa Fe

Posted by Pauline Hefley/Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM - friend from Amarillo   February 14, 2013

Gary, words cannot express my sorrow, for you and for Rhonda, Madison and Wilson and for me. You and Diana were such an important part of our lives and Wilson will always remember you all as "God Gary and Diana."

Miles apart, our hearts were always connected and I am forever grateful for your's and Diana's support through the years. We mut keep in touch.

Love and Blessings, Rita

Posted by Rita Bryant - Amarillo, TX - Friend   February 14, 2013

We had no idea Diana was that ill and were totally shocked to hear of her passing. Gary, our hearts are heavy as we think about the journey ahead for you, but we also know that each day you shared together was a precious gift, and Diana will always be with you in spirit. May you find comfort in knowing that she is now totally healed and at peace.

Posted by Jeri and John Muhich - Austin, TX - Neighbor   February 14, 2013

I can't say how sad I was to hear of your loss. Diana was truly a treasure. I have wonderful memories of the times I spent with her in jr high and high school. She will never be forgotten by all of those who cared for her.avurv

Posted by Selinda Hamilton Heilig - Denver, CO   February 14, 2013

Gary, our entire family grieves for your loss. You are in our prayers.

Posted by Scottie Allison & family - Childress, TX - friends!   February 14, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. Diana was a beautiful, intelligent, kind woman and will be missed. Growing up, it was wonderful to see Diana. She always carried that beautiful, infectious smile, had a way of making everyone feel special and I could not wait to check out her outfit. She was a fashionista - full of style and grace. I feel blessed to have known her. I pray for comfort and peace during this difficult time. Love, B.K.

Posted by B.K. Gentry - Tallahassee, FL   February 14, 2013

Gary - my heart goes out to you for the loss of Diana. I have such fond memories of her during our twirling years and beyond. Diana was a very classy and beautiful woman. We will all miss her.

Posted by Marsha Harris Thomas - Rockwall., TX - Hight School Friend   February 14, 2013

Thoughts and prayers for your family!

Posted by Donna Cook Querner - Vernon, TX - Friend   February 13, 2013

100% beautiful in EVERY way. There will forever be a hole in the heart of everyone that loves her. I thank God for sharing her with us. We now have another angel whose name we know.

Posted by Parkerlene Pillans - Amarillo, TX - friend   February 13, 2013

We are deeply saddened that you lost your lovely Diana. You will be in our prayers. Judy & AJ Johnson

Posted by Judy (Smith) & AJ Johnson - Childress, TX - Friend   February 13, 2013

i am so sorry to hear about diana. my heart and hugs goes out to you in your time of loss. God be with you .

Posted by jimmie ruth weir smith - high school friend   February 13, 2013

Gary, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Diana. She was always such a beautiful person, inside and out. I knew her first from our parents working together, then in high school. She was one of my favorite people, always so gracious and kind to everyone. There are no words to help at this time, but please know that you are thought of and I am sending you prayers of comfort and peace. May God place his arms around you and hold you tight.

Posted by Sandi Nelson Smothermon - Childress, TX - friend   February 13, 2013

Dale and I send you our most sincere sympathy. I just cannot believe this and just hate it. We have always thought so much of the both of you and cannot imagine seeing one of you without the other. She was such a beautiful lady through and through. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Dale and Cindy & family

Posted by Dale and Cindy Rufenacht - Amarillo, TX - Friend   February 13, 2013

Gary, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you peace in this most difficult time.

Betty Jo Sarrels Gann

Posted by Betty Jo Sarrels Gann - Davidson, NC - High Scchool Graduating Class   February 13, 2013