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With Love - Eric, Lucy, Sara, Gina and David, Beloved Son, Wife and Grandchildren 4/29/2008

If there was one word to describe my mom it is gracious, she radiated graciousness and elegance at all times to anyone she ever met. She was always so positive and full of energy, yet also vulnerable to many of life's disappointments. Her primary will seemed to be in pleasing others, this is what fed her exuberance for life. My mother was a true inspiration to her family and many friends, all I've ever heard anyone say about her has been complimentary. She was so full of creativity, from cake decorating (my Batman cakes), interior decorating (9 or 10 trees at Christmas) to creating fashion, I think my mom had a flair to do it all, without fail, this is what made her happy.

My mom, naturally, went through many trials, fads, phases and experiences throughout her life and seemed to live life to the fullest of her ability. One phase I remember dates back to the early 80's, this was the popcorn phase, where my mom worked in Real Estate until about 10 or 11:00 every night, came home and ate nothing but popcorn for what seemed like 6 months. This is how I talked my mom into subscribing to "On tv" (cable tv), I had notice a full page ad on the back of the sports page and they were offering a 5 lb bag of pre-popped theatre type popcorn with each subscription, needless to say it was an easy sale, she loved her popcorn and I loved cable tv. Another phase (1 day phase) was the jogging phase, I was about 13 years old and watching tv one day when my mom comes into the room with a new sweat suit and running shoes, she tells me she's going to go jogging. My mom leaves the house for her workout and returns before the commercials I was watching were over. I asked why she was back so soon and she told me she had jogged around the block and that she was finished, our block was a cul-de-sac of about 9 homes, I never saw that sweat suit again.

The fact that my mom's life was cut short robbed her and my kid's from ever getting to know one another. I know my mom would have absolutely loved to be a part of their lives and it pains me that they will not have her as a role model to learn the lessons of life. Can you imagine, shopping w/grandkids, she would have been in heaven, two things dear to her heart. She had a very big influence on my wife, whose soul is cut from the same cloth. I've been fortunate to have beautiful women in my life, my Grandmother was right, she told me I was blessed.

Tonight my boy David asked me where Grandma was, I told him that she was in Heaven with God, he asked if she could walk and I told him yes, he asked if she could fly and I told him yes she has wings to fly. He also asked if she could eat and again I said yes. I believe she is in a better place, with nothing to hold back her soul. She and Grandma are probably playing the dollar slots at the Golden Nugget in Heaven.

I love my kids and my mom made it all possible. My wife Lucy and I, along with Sara, Gina and David would like to tell her that we love her and that she will truly be missed. I know without a doubt, my kids will always have a guardian angel watching over them. Mom, until we see you again.

  Love, Eric and Family

 


 

From: Mollie, Dudley's cousins, San Antonio 4/27/2008

What a beautiful site and what a tribute to a wonderful person.  I remember seeing Diana first at one of our Rackley reunions and what a beautiful and gracious person she was.  I remember thinking how far ahead of us Texans she was in styles and trends!!!  True love is a blessing enjoyed by few and something that is treasured for a lifetime.  I am so happy that Dudley and Diana found that love in each other. 

I love you very much, 

Mollie


 

From: Amanda Roth (daughter of Virtue Peelor, Diana's Life Long Friend) 4/28/2008

Diana was my mothers very best friend for more years than I know. My mother is Virtue Peelor, I lost her last year mothers day May 13 2007 CANCER. Even though her health was failing fast she always would ask me about her wonderful friend Diana. She like Diana would always put others first and any sickness they had were second. It puts a smile on my face to know that the two of them are together having lunch and shopping somewhere in Heaven (the couple of things they loved to do!!!)

Amanda Roth (daughter of Virtue Peelor Diana's Life Long Friend)

 

 


 

From: Chuck & Suzy Dell 4/28/2008

Wishing you the comfort and peace you so well deserve. Your beautiful spirit will always be remembered with smiles. Chuck and I were honored to be among your friends and clients. Diana was always a gracious host and caring friend. I loved to house hunt with you, we had the best times and you always knew the best places for healthy lunches, aka \"Mongolian BBQ\". Thanks for teaching us how to get the most in the bowls! We love you and pray for you now. We will certainly miss your beautiful smiles and hearty laughter.

Love you~

Suzy & Chuck

 


 

From: Dan Walls, Dudley's Son 4/28/2008

Diana gave to me a sense of family that I had not known growing up. Her kindness, love and exuberance for life lit up the room when she would come in. I will forever remember how Christmas was made so special by Diana. I love you Diana and I know you love us all. I will miss you for now and look forward to seeing you again when God chooses me to come home.

Love

Dan

 


 

From: Pat and Elaine McMenamy, Good Friends 4/29/2008

Diana was such a wonderful, unique and very special person we cannot find words to truly express how we feel.

If we were to focus only on one facet of her, we'd choose Christmas.

She radiated the warmth, beauty and joy of that season all year long. Every encounter with her filled us with laughter and love.

We will miss her deeply.

Love, peace and all good things to you and your family.

Pat and Elaine McMenamy

 


 

From: Bob & Diane Cotterman, Good Friends and former Neighbor 4/29/2008

We are deeply saddened by Diana\'s passing.  Diana was beautiful on the outside, but just as beautiful on the inside.  She brightened every gathering.  We will always remember your house at Christmas - it was out of this world!!!  Your Holiday parties were always fabulous and you two looked gorgeous together.  We hope your many memories of wonderful times with Diana will help you and your family through this very sad and difficult time.  Diana truly was and is an Angel and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Love,

Bob & Diane Cotterman, Hacienda Heights

 


 

From: Dale & Carol Pesl, Friends and Family 4/29/2008

Diana was always larger than life. So beautiful and always gracious;

God looked around His garden and found an empty place.

He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest.

God\'s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering. He knew you were in pain.

He knew that you would never get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb,

So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered \"Peace Be Thine\".

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.

For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

                      Anon.

Dale & Carol Pesl

 

 


 

From: Ruth & Cyrus, Dudley's Aunt and Uncle in San Antonio 4/29/2008

Our hearts, go out to you, on your great loss. We remember our visit & the special. warm hospitality of Diana & you, both.

  She was a beautiful & loving woman & just as beautiful, if not more so, inside. Again, our love & condolence, may God bless you, in this time of great sorrow. May he put his arms around you & your family, with all the worldly compassion possible.

            Love you

 


 

From: Virginia Jacobs, Our next door neighbor, Hacienda Heights 4/30/2008

We will always remember Diana and her wonderful ways.  She always made you feel special. We had the privilege of being her neighbors and enjoyed our times together.  I have always said "Diana can take anything and turn it into something beautiful".  God must have needed to redecorate heaven and who better to call home. We feel blessed to have known her.

 


 

Leslie Walls-Temme, 4/30/2008

Diana was one of the most loving and kindest person I've ever known.  She was a true representation of love in it's sincerest form and meaning.  She was not judgmental and never condescending toward me; even in my younger years while living life with such foolishness and so many character flaws.  She was a true representation of what it means to "love your neighbor as your self" or to "do unto others as you would have done to you".  I remember how much she loved to give to others.  I remember how much Diana loved Christmas and how it was so special to her that she would prepare all year for the next Christmas day celebration.  I believe that she is at home with our Lord and Savior and we will one day see her again, in her new glorified body.  Diana was very blessed to have Dudley to love and care for her as his own flesh and to love her with true love, love that is sacrifical and selfless, even in the most difficult years of her life.  I can only imagine how it must have been for her, when she was met with "well done, thy good and faithful servant" and the joy unspeakable that she will now have for eternity.  She will be missed, but never forgotten by so many whose lives she touched along life's journey.

 


 

Nathan & Pam Bocanegra (Diane's nephew) 4/30/2008

Dear Aunt Diana,

When looking back as a child, all I can remember is your stunning grace and undeniable radiant personality.  As many have stated above Christmas for me as a child was like little children walking into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.  As a child, it was a play zone, however now being an adult, I truly appreciate what you did for all of us.  Words cannot express just how amazing you made Christmas.    If I never said it, thank you so much for making Christmas so special.

We love you and miss you and we know your up in heaven with Grandma now.  Please give her a big hug and kiss for me.

I will never forget your laugh and your picturesque smile.  You will forever be missed.

Love always,

Nephew Nathan & Pam

 


 

Yvonne, cousin 4/30/2008

Diana from childhood to now you gifted me memories of every emotion that God prescribed for us.

I can when I showed up blown away again from one of my life's trials. You said God you look awfully tired, what is it you said never mind tell me later, get in car I have some business to do, your not leaving me until you get rested and then you can tell me.

When I finally unload I had you in tears from laughing and I was laughing that was the beauty of our relationship.

Your laughter, the expression of your face, priceless so blessed I have been.

I honor yours and Dudley life together thank you for letting me be a part of.

I love you my pricious girl.

 


Cookie Harris**Hospice volunteer 5/1/2008

My dearest Dudley.....

Thank you for allowing me the chance to come into your and Diana's lives during this most difficult time. Can you  believe we were together for over 2 years?

As I said today during Diana's beautiful service, I feel very privileged to have witnessed the depths of the love that you two shared. It is something I will carry with me always, and something that I wished others could have seen. It truly is one of the greatest love stories the world will ever know.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the gift that you have given me, for through you, I see myself.

Love to you always...your forever friend Cookie


From: Dudley 5/6/2008

I want to thank you my Sweetie for all the special blessing you have given to me, after your passing, as only you could do. Sweetie you left me in a very "Beautiful Place", my heart is filled with your warmth and love.

 I miss you so much Diana.  I know you are free now to be that beautiful person you have always been.

 I will Love You Forever, Your Dudley


Glendora Hammond, Neighbor  5/24/2008

When I first met Diana I thought she was the most glamorous lady I had ever met. I soon found out she was as lovely inside as out.
I admire Dudley and the love they had for each other.


Uncle Dudley, (Diana's married Nephew) 5/29/2008

I wish we could have been there.  My heart and mind
was there that day and still is today.  You're still
part of this family and if there is anything you need,
please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for taking care of my Aunt Diana and I will
miss her, however her spirit lives within us because
she never left us, but lives through everything we do.
 Just like Grandma...she is still here.

Uncle Dudley, thank you for taking the time to
respond, and once agian, please don't hesitate to
contact me if you need anything.

Love Always,
Nathan


Lou & Carla, Our Neighbors @ Western Hills 6/5/2008

We didn't get to know Diana too well but we were taken by her, her bright smile, gentle, self assured voice and her classiness.  And we could see the difference in Dudley from knowing him years before.  She brought a love to him only a few married couples share.  They were one, as God intended love & marriage to be.  We were so happy for them.  I hear remarks from others that knew them in Hacienda Heights and on what a great sales person she was, how beautiful she was, all glowing remarks.  We are so sorry you don't have your luving Angel here with you Dudley but she will always live in your heart, that kind of love never dies. God bless you!
Lou & Carla


Marilyn, A friend forever 6/6/2008

You lived every moment with love and giving of yourself.  We didn't see much of each other in our later years but I remember the fun we had decorating and shopping .  Fun, Fun!  You are always my friend forever.  Your beautiful smile and fun for life will always be remembered.  You were always such a down to earth and generous person. Remember me as your friend forever.

 Marilyn


Mario Crivello (Our 1st Beloved Grandchild) 06/02/2008

I have had such a hard time with death lately, a lot has been going on in my personal life, I have lost two of my grandparents in one year.

I know it is a part of life, so I spend a lot of time reflecting on the family's they both have created, and the lives they have touched.  It inspires me to be a better person, a more complete person. It is helping me progress into the idea of creating a family of my own.  So that I can one day enjoy the presence of grandchildren, and do great things to their lives like Grandma Diana has to mine and the other grandkids in her life.

She was a special woman we all know and you, Grandpa, were very blessed to have Grandma in your life.  I know most of the things she overcame with the difficult deck of cards she was delt, and the beautiful life she created with it.  It gives me the hope and desire to be a good person, because only good things come of it.  An angel she was, and still is, but now she sits on our shoulders showing us the light we need, when we need it.  She is in my heart and will continue to be in my heart forever.

Love you, Mario


Dudley, Loving Husband  6/19/2008

My Sweet Angel of Love, Diana

My Sweet Angel you have meant so very much to me for the last 28 years.   When I first danced with you, in 1980, to Sailing, I knew that my life would never be the same again.

You were such a magical human being and I have never regretted for one moment, my love and being there always for you.  You have truly made my life so very, very happy until the very end and that happiness will never stop.  I know our happiness and love will last throughout eternity, in our Paradise.

You really are very special and how wonderful to be your mate through eternity.  Thank you for loving me and always being so very good and kind to me all these last 28 years.

I Love you truly, Dudley


Hello Diana.... 7/16/2008

I've been thinking alot about you lately,especially on Wednesdays,our usual day together. I can't believe you left us nearly 3 months ago.

I've had the pleasure of having lunch and breakfast with your beloved Dudley during the last few months...he loves you so much. It warms my heart to be able to spend time with him and hear the remarkable stories of your life together. What an amazing couple...we should all learn from the two of you.

I know you are happy in your "new life" and that you come visit Dudley every night. That is incredible. Diana, you are the gift that keeps on giving.

I miss you and love you!

Cookie


My Loving Angel, Diana, 10/18/2008

Its been almost 6 months from your passing to the worlds of God.  You and I are doing pretty well now,  I know we really miss touching and speaking with each other.  I am sure you hear me and I feel as though I know what you are saying to me.  A sweet part of you is always with me, day and night and I really want to thank you for all the gifts you have given to me that has helped so much in my recovery and my recovery to this point has really freed your soul to develop so strongly in God's Worlds.  You truly are a beautiful soul and spirit that loves me and I get to love every moment, through eternity.

I still dance in the warmth of your spirit,  your loving husband Dudley


 Dearest Diana 4-27-2009  Cookie Harris

Can it be that one year has passed since you left us? It seems as if it were yesterday....I miss spending Wednesdays with you and Dudley.

Dudley and I try to have lunch together every month or so. I am amazed by his continuing love for you. It's as if he loves you more and more with each passing day. It is a testament to the love that you two shared,and I'm thankful that I had a chance to witness it firsthand.

Thank you for helping Dudley with his grieving...he has told me some amazing stories of your visits. You are still an amazing soul Diana.

You are forver in my heart...Cookie


From: Jenny Crivello (Our Sweet Granddaughter) 5/27/2009

Grandma I love you so much,

I assume you've reached a better place but I'd give the world to see your face. I just want to wrap my arms around you.

I think about you all the time, especially when I'm shopping, I don't think that there is ever a time I go out shopping that I don't think about what your fashion advise would be.

You are the best grandma anyone could ever ask for, when I think about my childhood I remember all the times Mario and I would spend with Grandpa and you. You filled my life with joy and love every minute I was with you. I hope I can be half the grandma you were, I have big shoes to fill. I love you with all my heart and take care of Grandpa.

Love you, Jenny


Dear Grandma, (Our sweet Granddaughter) 5-29-09

I never could deal with your passing, I didnt want to accept it, I couldnt find the strength to write on here, but as I prayed more and more wanting to know you are truelly okay, my answer came when out of the blue I could smell your perfume. No one was home, it was my dog and I.  I felt a comfort and I think that's when I came to a place of peace. I was scared it was a goodbye, but its not.  Grandma you have touched my life in so many ways and could never thank you enough for all the love you gave me.  This is great that I can just come here and talk to you.  I'm sorry it took me so long, I was scared and sad, but I know your are okay.

I love you, goodnite.

Love Jenny,  xoxoxoxoxox


6/12/2009

        Heart Song to my Diana
Good morning my Nightingale in Paradise,  you always sang your song of beauty to me and filled my heart and soul with  your love and my love of you and God.  Bless your spirit and soul, you are so caring, pure and good.  The thing I still miss is your being and the magic it created in our lifes.  I feel so blessed to know and love you and of course, you loving me, my special Angel.  From the first time you unsealed the choice wine of your spirit and I inhaled the sweet fragrance of your soul and being, I was convinced your soul, spirit and being was far more beautiful than anyone or anything I have ever known.  To be in your presents is such a privilege and to be the recipient of the light of your spirit, can not be described in words of this world, only in my heart and soul.
        
 I Love You Now and I Will Love You Forever, Angel of Love,  your Dudley


 

 

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