DIANE JUDITH WRIGHT, 51, of Seabrook passed away on Friday February 26, 2010, in Pasadena, Texas.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Temple Beth Tikvah, located at 12411 Park Shadows Trail in Houston. Graveside services will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery, located at 21620 Gulf Freeway in Webster. Rabbi Deborah Schloss of Temple Beth Tikvah will officiate the services.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. in the Seabrook Community House, located at 1786 1st Street in Seabrook.
Diane was born on January 20, 1959, on an American air base in Casablanca, Morocco. As an Army brat, she spent her childhood growing up in France, Germany, and America. After she graduated from Kaiserslautern American High School in Germany, she moved back to America and attended Kansas State University.
Diane’s first job brought her to Northwest Arkansas where she began working as a management trainee for ABF freight lines. Within a year of moving to Arkansas she met her husband Dallas. After a year of dating they were married on July 11th, 1981. The newlyweds settled in the town of Fayetteville where Diane began a career as an Allstate insurance agent. Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to her first child, Dallas, on January 12th 1987.
After raising her first son she soon began working on her Masters of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas. Upon completing her degree she also gave birth to her second son, Dylan, on September 26th 1989. A few years later in 1995 she changed careers from insurance to personal finance and began working for Merrill Lynch.
While living in Fayetteville she was very active in the community. She not only was a part of many groups, but she also personally reached out to families and individuals in need. Diane began the next chapter in her life when she and her family moved to the Clear Lake area in Houston during the summer of 1997.
One year later she moved to Seabrook where she once again became very active in her community. She was elected to city council in 2003 and again for a second term in 2005. In addition to city council, Diane was a member of numerous organizations such as the Seabrook Rotary Club, Sister City Program Galapagos, and multiple civic, environmental, and animal protection groups. As she did in Fayetteville, Diane never stopped reaching out to members of the community who were down on their luck and needed a helping hand.
She is survived by her loving family, husband Dallas, two sons Dallas and Dylan, father Robert Lederer, brothers Jack Decavagnal and Ralph Lederer, and mother Carmen Waggoner.
For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Diane, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to any of the organizations she supported, the IBM bike team which Diane was a member for the BP MS150, which can be found on the BP MS150 website at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/bp-ms-150/index.aspx, the Seabrook no kill animal shelter http://www.secondchancepets.org, and Temple Beth Tikvah, whose website is www.templebethtikvah.org