Emily “Oatmeal” Grace Diaz went to be with the Lord on June 12, 2023.
She was 58 years old. She was born on June 26, 1964 to parents Desmond Dwayne Dallas and Anna Belle Dallas in Amarillo, Texas. Emily graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1982. She won first place in a state-wide typing competition.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Diaz, daughter Roxie (Derek Carpenter), brothers Steven Dallas (Fern), Dan Dallas (Janelle), Mark Dallas, and sister Sherrie Dallas Brewer (Steve) and one beloved grandson Peter.
Emily married the love of her life, Robert Diaz on September 10, 1983; they would have celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss this fall. Emily and Robert were soulmates. Robert thanked her every day for straightening him out and making him into the man he is today. For date nights they loved to drive to Palo Duro Canyon and watch the sunset. Their devotion to each other was deep; through thick and thin they still held hands and told each other how much they loved each other every day.
Together they had their daughter Roxie and parented countless other people throughout their years together. Emily and Robert have built a legacy by taking care of everyone in their times of need that has stretched to coworkers, church members and family friends.
Known as the ultimate prankster, it was not unusual to leave from seeing her with a pair of googly eyes strategically placed on your person without your knowledge. Emily was known for baking extra special cakes for events that stretched her creativity and brought a smile to everyone’s face. Emily’s creativity did not stop with her cake baking skills, she was an amazing photographer, a potter, a weaver and painter. Emily loved bringing smiles to children’s faces, she was known for sewing stuffed animals and handing them out. Emily’s uniqueness included bequeathing quirky pet names. Emily fully expected to die in a fiery quilting accident, perhaps if she had made more quilts…
Emily wanted to put the fun in funeral, and we honor this wish. Services will be held at Central Church of Christ in Amarillo on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memorial of Emily may be sent to Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 2901 North Soncy Road, Amarillo, TX 79124.
To donate online, go to wildwestwildlife.com. Donations will go toward memorial picnic tables at their new education building being built this year.