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Paula Diane “Dizy” Welch went to Heaven on January 29, 2024. She was born April 9, 1940, to Carr Paul and Hazel Daniel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She grew up there and was Christened in the First Methodist Church.
As a child, she took ballet for many years and tremendously enjoyed performing her ballet on stage while often singing as well. She attended and graduated from Northwest Classen High School where she was a member of the Pep Squad. She was also a member of the Shriner’s Kiltie Band during her high school years.
After graduation, she became a loving and devoted mother of three beautiful daughters, who she cherished with all her heart. While being a fulltime mother, she worked to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Diane became a very passionate and dedicated teacher to the kindergarten, first, second and third grade students she taught. Her adoration of her students was evident as she made a tremendous impact on so many children’s lives. Throughout the years, many families and students remained in touch with her through cards, calls and letters.
While Diane was teaching in Oklahoma, she met the absolute love of her life—Stephen—and they married. Stephen re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, which made for some incredible adventures for the two of them. They spent a couple of years in Cocoa Beach, Florida, followed by a move overseas to Germany. During this time, Diane taught elementary school at Spangdahlem Air Force Base. She treasured these times and experiences so much. She and Stephen enjoyed the traditions and holiday celebrations. They participated in many Volksmarches together where they walked with others through beautiful areas and small villages. Stephen’s final assignment with the Air Force took them to San Antonio, Texas. She finished up her teaching career with 7 more years before retiring.
Life still had one more move for she and Stephen. They moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to be closer to family. While there, she made many wonderful friends and spent so much time with her family.
Diane had countless great times and made wonderful memories wherever she was. She made it fun for those around her and anytime was good for family and friends to gather. She sure knew how to throw fun themed parties. She was a gal of many hobbies and loved to learn new things---sewing, painting, cooking, crafts, playing the guitar and dulcimer, and even some belly dancing lessons. If anyone was up for a political debate, she was there for you. She was a very tender soul whose heart went out to all animals. She had many beloved pets during her lifetime. Certainly, there was never any doubt how much she loved her family and friends---and how much they all loved her.
Diane is preceded in death by her father, mother and sister, Denise. She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Stephen; daughters Kim Beebe (husband Mike), Laurie Shorter (husband Mike) and Bonnie Panek (husband Pat); granddaughters Rachel Woolley (husband Bryan), Megan Deyoe (husband Grant), Sarah Braker (husband Cory) and Abby Panek; great grandchildren Noah Braker, Griffin Deyoe, Chloe Braker, Emma Braker and Claire Deyoe; sister Andrea Franks (husband Darrell); brother-in-law Clarence Stallard; cousins Mary Jane Schrzan and Phyllis Stuart-Jacobson; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dogs Presley and Hammy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to SPCA.org (top welfare agency in North Texas) and/or sashaspals.com (Sasha’s Pals is a local foster that rescues abused, abandoned and those dogs on the euthanasia list from all over Texas; they are fostered until adopted; Diane enjoyed keeping up with how these dogs were nursed back to health and adopted into loving homes).
There will be a Celebration of Life held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Foster Village, 6600 Starnes Road, Watauga, Texas. This is a “come and go” event from 2-4:00; however, the Eulogy and Prayer will be read at 2:00. Refreshments will be served.