Diane Lee Parish

Diane Lee Parish, 69, of Amarillo, passed away on November 17, 2020.

She was born September 14, 1951, in Austin, Texas to Billy Bob and Wilma Faye (Gourley) Folsom. She lived in Kyle, Texas for most of her childhood. The family moved to Amarillo during her 8th grade year. She attended Bowie Middle School and graduated from Caprock, High School in 1970. Diane worked at Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation (MHMR) until her retirement in 2012.

Diane had one child, Tana Garcia. Her family and grandchildren were her whole life. She was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church.

Diane was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Wilma and Jim Roberts; her grandmother and grandfather, Arlie and Ralph Carlile; her dad and stepmom, Billy Bob and Jean Folsom; her brother, Brad Folsom, and her stepbrothers, Kenny Roberts and David Roberts.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Tana Garcia and husband Benny; her brother Bobby Folsom and wife, Rita; her granddaughter, Kayla Grissom and husband Austin; her grandson, Parker Shannon and wife, Morgan; granddaughters, Leah and Lauren Garcia; great-grandchildren, Cohen and Sawyer Grissom, and Aubrey and Thomas Shannon; many nieces and nephews, and a stepbrother, Gary Roberts.

Diane’s family extends their gratitude for everyone’s prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts at the end of Diane’s life.

14 Comments

  1. Glenda Mangers

    I loved her love for life, love, laughter Dr. Pepper. Loved her smile, hugs and laugh. They were truly contagious. I wish I could have had just one more hug.

  2. Allison Schroeter

    I met Tana and Diane (and their dog Lady) when I was 6 years old. We moved in across the street from them and Tana and I became fast friends. Diane was such a “cute” mom…from her Dorothy Hamill haircut, to her dimples, to her pearly white smile (she had the BEST smile). She was kind and inviting and had a place set for me at her table more than once. I can remember that little house and kitchen on Lilac Lane like it was yesterday. We ended up moving after only living across the street for 9 months or so, but Tana and I remained friends. Not super close…but close enough that Diane would send her regards from time to time. I know what a loss this is for Tana and her family. I am lifting them all up in prayer. We will miss you Diane! Until we meet again…

  3. Marilyn Palmer

    Love and prayers for your families, Bobby Rita!! I will miss my sweet friend😢❤️❤️❤️

  4. David Allen Trimble

    Diane was a wonderful person to know,I’ll Remember her smile, her voice, the memories playing in the Bowie band. Diane go to Heaven a Shouting my friend May your family have strength through our Lord

  5. Laura Greer

    Tana,
    I am so sorry. I remember when you were a little girl and we all would be at Donna’s and watched all our children play together. Your mom was always so nice to me and I will remember that forever. She won’t be forgotten by anyone.
    Laura Greer

  6. Mychele Larson

    Diane was a precious woman with a heart for others. She will forever have a special place in my heart.

  7. Jina Vick

    I never met Diane, but in her final weeks on earth I was invited to pray for her . Thus I believe she and I are very good friends indeed.

  8. Linda Chambers

    So sorry for your loss. Diane was such a sweet, beautiful and talented girl. God has gained an angel. Love from fellow ’70 grad, Linda (Thompson) Chambers .

  9. Linda Phillips

    Diane was my best friend. We met while working for the State Center. We loved getting together and talking about our families. We both loved Christian music and I would make her cassette tapes of that and a little country music too! We did not get to see each other much in the last ten years due to Phil and me getting a RV and traveling a lot but I treasure the time I had with Diane and very sad we could not have one more time together.

  10. Shirley Dunn

    Diane was one of the sweetest friends I had. Easy to talk to, understanding and caring. We also worked together for many years. She was very meticulous and dependable at her job also. She will truly be missed by not just family members, but many friends who loved her for the special person she was.

  11. Anonymous

    It was a blessing to know Diane and her family through my sister Connie Walker. I have many fond childhood memories Diane and Bobby. Condolences & Blessings to her family at this time.

  12. Debbie Harris Blackerby

    It was a blessing to know Diane and her family through my sister Connie Walker. I have many fond childhood memories Diane and Bobby. Condolences & Blessings to her family at this time.

  13. Toni Williams

    Tana, I cannot believe I am reading that your mom passed. She was one of the sweetest, loving and fun friends I’ve ever had. We met in 1983 at Texas Tech and stayed friends close friends. Over the past 2 years we kept saying we need to have lunch but we always think we are too busy.
    I will miss knowing she is just a phone call away. She loved you and you were her world. She always bragged about her grandkids and was so excited to be a great-grandmother. My prayers for God to comfort you and your family. Love, Toni

  14. Lea Ann Crosser

    Diane one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I was so fortunate that she was transferred to my department. She was very meticulous about her work. She loved people, especially her family. She looked for ways to spend time with her grandchildren. She had ways to make the workplace better, in our office she took a Easter egg and wrote E-mail on it. She would write a joke or funny saying and put it in the egg and yell “incoming” then roll the egg into one of our offices. Then you would hear one of the employees say, “I got egg mail!” She also would be humming while doing her work If there was someone who needed help, she was always one who would step forward. I will miss your love and laughter.

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