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Diane Atkinson Smart

October 26, 1939 - February 3, 2020

Oakwood, Texas native Diane Atkinson Smart passed away in McKinney, Texas on February 3, 2020 at the age of 80.

She was born in Livingston, Texas on October 26th, 1939, to Arnold and Quinda Atkinson. Diane moved to Oakwood in 1946, when her recently widowed mother married Lester Rozelle, the superintendent of the Oakwood schools, which Diane attended until her graduation.  She married her high school sweetheart, Jimmy Smart, shortly thereafter and they had three children - Lisa, Greg and Lynn - before Jimmy was killed in a car accident in 1963. Then Diane enrolled in the East Texas School of nursing to become a licensed vocational nurse.  Some years later, she returned to school and graduated as a Registered Nurse.  She spent her entire career as a nurse.

Diane is survived by her son, Tom (Greg) Wilson and wife, Suzy; daughters, Lisa Smart Wilson and Lynn Smart Sallee; grandchildren, Casey Rowden Duncan and Chad, Justin Sallee and Bethany, Quinn Wilson Anderson and Brett, Jeremiah Sallee, Kelli Wilson, and Mackenzie Wilson; sister, Janie Ives and husband, Thomas; brother, Ron Rozelle and wife, Karen; six great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Diane was preceded in death by her mother, father, stepfather, and her grandson, Joe Sallee.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, February 15th at the First Christian Church, 119 North Holly Street, Oakwood, Texas with Reverend Thomas Hill officiating.  Diane will be buried in the Oakwood Cemetery beside her first love Jimmy, barely a stone’s throw from the old football field where he was once a star and she was his special cheerleader.  In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution is invited to consider the SPCA.  Diane had a special place in her heart for animals, and two of her devoted companions toward the end of her life were her dog, Daisy and her cat, Sweet Pea.  

Diane’s sweet spirit and joyous laugh will be missed by many. She will be always remembered and loved.

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Diane lights up a room with a warm smile and her many stories. She now finds a heavenly place to forever be a light and sweet angel to all who knew her. Rest in God's peaceful, gentle care. Roger and Rose Rose Lorenz, February 13, 2020 Our sincere sympathies to the family. Diane will be missed by everyone who knew her. She is remembered by her big smile and kind words. She was always wanting to help and be of service to her family and friends as well as her patients. Milstead Family Lena Milstead, February 12, 2020 Diane was one of a kind, great neighbor on Williamsburg, married E A Hitt and became a friend again. She was a special person. Carol Caldwell, February 11, 2020 Love and miss you so much my sweet sister. I’m lost without you but know God’s promise says that we will be together again. Janie Ives, February 9, 2020 My sincere sympathies to the family. She was a bright light at Oakwood High School. Kittie Knowles Tryon , February 7, 2020 I will always have such warm memories of Diane from when we lived on Williamsburg in Tyler. I used to “run” the neighborhood with Lynn and the other kids, but Diane and the moms always knew where we all were. My condolences to you all. Vanessa Aka: Vana Harrison Vanessa Gillis , February 7, 2020