Diane was born on Dec. 9, 1935, in Bismarck, to Dr. Millard and Beth Hydeman. Diane had a zest for life and enjoyed all the winter sports with her five siblings. She was an accomplished ice skater, ping pong champion and was known to play and compete in virtually every sport with the “boys." During high school, Diane was a member of the Girls Athletic Association, the Pep Club, Playmakers, and the Bismarck Order of Rainbow for girls. Diane was named the Bismarck High School Homecoming Queen of 1952.
Diane studied piano at Stephens College, where she met her future husband, Dr. William Brown. They resided in Columbia, Mo., where Diane was the consummate mother, homemaker and was known as an excellent cook. She was an avid reader, golfer, an artist, lover of opera but mostly loved watching all sports and was a huge Olympics and Minnesota Vikings fan.
Diane and Bill moved to Fort Worth, Texas, when Bill became an executive with the Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation. While in Fort Worth, Diane worked at Texas Christian University and was a member of University Christian Church. Diane and Bill eventually moved to Florida, where of course, she enjoyed all activities related to the beach as well as the opportunity to play golf year-round. They soon moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, to be closer to their family. While in Wichita Falls they were members of the First Christian Church. Diane had a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh. She was a beautiful lady inside and out, a non-judgmental person and loyal to her family.
Diane is survived by her children, Kent Brown, Dr. Mark Brown, and wife Marilyn, all of Wichita Falls, Kelly Requa and husband, Larry, San Antonio, Texas, and King Brown and wife, Maria, Tucson, Ariz.; and by her daughter-in-law, Lori Brown, Graham, Texas.
Diane is survived by her grandchildren, Dr. Spencer Requa and wife, Hannah, Corpus Christi, Texas, Austin Brown, Dallas, Ashlyn Brown, Wichita Falls, John Brown and wife, Allie, Graham, and Alexandra Brown, Fort Worth. She is survived by two great-grandchildren, Will Brown and Charlotte Requa.
Diane is also survived by her brother, Dan Hydeman and wife, Eunice, St. George, Utah; her sisters, Maribea Jones and husband, Larry, Visalia, Calif., and Muriel Mader, Oxford, Mich. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Joann Hydeman, Minneapolis, and Karen Hydeman, Visalia; and by her brother-in-law, Harry J. Brown, St. Louis; and by many cousins, nieces and nephews throughout the country.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. M.J. Hydeman; her husband, Dr. William D. Brown; her son, Dr. Kurt Brown; by grandsons, Michael Brown and Harrison Brown; and by her brothers, Bill Hydeman, Norman Hydeman and M.J. Hydeman Jr.
A celebration of her life will be held at the home of her daughter, Kelly Requa, in San Antonio, on Oct. 6, 2018.
Memorials may be sent to the Harrison Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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