Diana Lee Ashmore Griffin was taken unexpectedly from us on June 4, 2013. She was born June 8, 1961, to Loretta and Robert Ashmore in Austin, Texas. She graduatd from Texas State College, then Southwest Texas, with a degree in Education. Diana taught many years in the Austin Public Schools. She loved coacing anything, but her favorites were basketball and track. She was in if for the kids. She loved the studentsteenagers especially. She was a great motivator and role model for them. If you acted up in her class, you did not get sent to the principals office. You had to hold that persons hand for the entire period. She said is made it very hard to be mad at someone when you had to hold their hand for an hour. She was the reason many at risk students succeeded, not only on the playing fild but also in the classroom. Just like her mother, she loved to host parties and do all the cooking. She was a fabulous chef and hostess. We dont remember a family gettogether when Diana was not in charge of the meal. She rarely let us bring anything because she loved doing all of it, from the planning, purchasing, cooking to serving. And we had to fight her to do the dishes after all of that. Diana had the caretaker gene. She helped to take care of her grandmother, Nanny her Mom, Loretta and Dad,Robert before they passed away. And it was not just people she took care of. Her dog Bubba was a BIG dog with a life espectancy of about 9 years but he lived 17 because of Dianas mothering touch. Diana never wanted anything for herself. She derived pleasure by giving her time and love to others. Her greatest pleasures were watching others enjoy everyting around them. She married the love of her life and best friend Danny in July 1, 2011 and moved to Alpine, Texas. There she made many good friends. She even became a surrogate Mom to some Sul Ross students. It was just the teacher and caregiver in her. She loved cooking for all her friends and hanging out at the club and golf course. Dianas kind heart, selfless spirit, and generosity will be missed by all. There is no question she is gone too soon. Diana is preceded in death by her grandmother, Lula C. Bellparnets,Loretta and Bob Ashmore Motherinlaw, Margorie Griffin and Sisterinlaw, Diane Griffin. Diana is survived by her husband and best friend Danny Griffin, Sisters and brothersinlawLynn and Jon Herron, and Charlotte and Karl Schaflet, nieces and spousesStacy and Daniel Wright, Wendy and Chris Elder, Kasey and Kelly Schafler, great nephews and great niecesSteve, Lance and Abby Wright and Luke and Parker Elder. Diana will be greatly missed by her family and friends and while we will miss her, we know the party has begun in heaven now that she has arrived. And a side note, the Miller Lite tap in heaven is always open and always free.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Alpine Country Club. Services were entrusted to Alpine Memorial Funeral Home