- February 15, 1947 - February 11, 2013
- Austin, Texas
of Diana's Passing
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“Gary - John and I, and our family are so sorry to hear of Diana's passing - I knew that she was ill but I had no idea how quickly her health was...Read More »
1 of 44 | Posted by: Lori Babineau - Austin, TX
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cheryl Hall Cohen
2 of 44 | Posted by: Cheryl Cohen - Amarillo, TX
“Diana is someone I have known my entire life, and I wanted to express my sincere condolences at her passing. Her mother was my father's secretary...Read More »
3 of 44 | Posted by: Allen Kimbrough - Phoenix, AZ
“Gary...My thoughts and prayers are with you.
4 of 44 | Posted by: Earla Carmack Houser - Burleson, TX
“Gary, I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dian's mother, Alice, when I lived in Childress in 1966 and 1967. During this time I got to know...Read More »
5 of 44 | Posted by: Stewart Reeves - Odessa, TX
“Gary, I am so sorry to hear about Diana's passing. I remember you and Diana from our high school days. Our prayers are with you and Diana.
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6 of 44 | Posted by: Joe Tupen Howard - Kyle, TX
“Although my relationship with Diana was short, she left a lasting impression on me. Such a kind and gracious woman with a beautiful smile. I will...Read More »
7 of 44 | Posted by: Janis Beck - Austin, TX - Friend
“What a privilege it was to know Diana. She was the personification of being a lady. Those of us who knew her will feel her absence for a long time....Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Kay Braziel
“Diana was such a beautiful lovely lady that was a special part of our book club. She was generous kind and such a delight to have a conversation...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: Kay Gregory - Austin, TX - friend
“Bill and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to you during your loss of the love of your life and your best friend. We feel blessed to have had...Read More »
10 of 44 | Posted by: Nancy and Bill Gorman - Austin, TX
“We will always remember her friendship and that beautiful smile. Gary our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
11 of 44 | Posted by: Mike and Mary Moore - Amarillo, TX
“I cannot even imagine our No Pressure Book Club without Diana. I just looked through the beautiful Memory Book she put together in 2009-2010. She...Read More »
12 of 44 | Posted by: Katrine Formby
“Gary so sorry for your loss--prayers are with you
13 of 44 | Posted by: Janette Compton McGoey - TX
Been many years since Childress.
My prayers for you on the passing of Dianah. The Reeves informed me of her death.
14 of 44 | Posted by: Jim Morgan, Stuart, FL - Stuart, FL
I am so sorry to learn of Diana's passing and your loss. She was truly a Texas treasure and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
15 of 44 | Posted by: Rick Grundman - Oklahoma City, OK
“Gary, I am so sorry to hear about Diana. I know you will miss her greatly, as will all of her friends and family. She and I shared many a class and...Read More »
16 of 44 | Posted by: Lynn Bettis
“Gary, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Diana was such a beautiful and sweet person. Sorry for her long illness. God Bless you.
17 of 44 | Posted by: Darlene Arrington - Midlothian, TX
“Gary , you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Randy
18 of 44 | Posted by: Randy Lee - Austin, TX - Friend
“Gary, so sorry for the passing of Diana. Prayers and thoughts are
with you in this time of loss. May God be with you and your family.
19 of 44 | Posted by: Gay Morris Jackson - Cleburne, TX
We were deeply saddened to hear of Diana's passing. She was always a truly beautiful lady, inside and out. Both of you are in our...Read More »
20 of 44 | Posted by: Ron and Courtney Schultz - TX
“Gary, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have are fond memories of Diana from our high school days. May God give you peace.
21 of 44 | Posted by: Pat Compton Lewis - Rhome, TX
“Hated to hear about Diana. Had no idea she was battling this disease. Gary, you & your family are in our prayers.
22 of 44 | Posted by: jimmy smith - childress, TX
“I worked with Diana at Colberts years ago and I always thought she was a wonderful person. She was full of grace and friends to everyone. I really...Read More »
23 of 44 | Posted by: Judy Clemmer - Amarillo, TX
“Gary, our family is so sad for your loss. Diana was a lovely lady.
24 of 44 | Posted by: Deanna Allison - Rockwall, TX
What a beautiful life you have made with your sweet Diana. May those precious memories be comforting to you in the days ahead.
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25 of 44 | Posted by: Carolyn & Larry Carrick - TX
“I met this beautiful lady through my friend Norma Gillingwater and her sister Jessica Attra. I only had the the opportunity to spend time with...Read More »
26 of 44 | Posted by: Denise Callahan - Pflugerville, TX
“Gary, you are in our hearts and prayers. Diana was so beautiful and we know your loss is great. Take care of your memories, they will sustain you. ...Read More »
27 of 44 | Posted by: Jonas & Gwen Dubois - Dumas, TX
Diana was so special. We are thinking of you and praying for God's grace and courage in the days ahead. Our Love, Waylon and Brenda Adams
28 of 44 | Posted by: Waylon and Brenda (Frith) Adams - TX
“Diana was one of the sweetest people. She is truly one of a kind.
So sorry for your loss Gary. May God be with you and your family.
29 of 44 | Posted by: Carla Gregory Reed - Rockport, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days to come. A special woman, Diana was a joy to work along side at Colbert's and I...Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: Ben Durham - Lubbock, TX
“Gary my sympathy to you - what a beautiful, delightful lady was Diana and I was always happy to see her. May her soul, along with all the souls of...Read More »
31 of 44 | Posted by: Pauline Hefley/Santa Fe - NM
“Gary, words cannot express my sorrow, for you and for Rhonda, Madison and Wilson and for me. You and Diana were such an important part of our lives...Read More »
32 of 44 | Posted by: Rita Bryant - Amarillo, TX
“We had no idea Diana was that ill and were totally shocked to hear of her passing. Gary, our hearts are heavy as we think about the journey ahead...Read More »
33 of 44 | Posted by: Jeri and John Muhich - Austin, TX
I can't say how sad I was to hear of your loss. Diana was truly a treasure. I have wonderful memories of the times I spent with her in jr...Read More »
34 of 44 | Posted by: Selinda Hamilton Heilig - Denver, CO
“Gary, our entire family grieves for your loss. You are in our prayers.
35 of 44 | Posted by: Scottie Allison & family - TX
“I am sorry for your loss. Diana was a beautiful, intelligent, kind woman and will be missed. Growing up, it was wonderful to see Diana. She...Read More »
36 of 44 | Posted by: B.K. Gentry - Tallahassee, FL
“Gary - my heart goes out to you for the loss of Diana. I have such fond memories of her during our twirling years and beyond. Diana was a very...Read More »
37 of 44 | Posted by: Marsha Harris Thomas - Rockwall. , TX
“Thoughts and prayers for your family!
38 of 44 | Posted by: Donna Cook Querner - Vernon, TX
“100% beautiful in EVERY way. There will forever be a hole in the heart of everyone that loves her. I thank God for sharing her with us. We now...Read More »
39 of 44 | Posted by: Parkerlene Pillans - Amarillo, TX
“We are deeply saddened that you lost your lovely Diana. You will be in our prayers. Judy & AJ Johnson
40 of 44 | Posted by: Judy (Smith) & AJ Johnson - TX
“i am so sorry to hear about diana. my heart and hugs goes out to you in your time of loss. God be with you .
41 of 44 | Posted by: jimmie ruth weir smith
“Gary, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Diana. She was always such a beautiful person, inside and out. I knew her first from our...Read More »
42 of 44 | Posted by: Sandi Nelson Smothermon - TX
Dale and I send you our most sincere sympathy. I just cannot believe this and just hate it. We have always thought so much of the both of...Read More »
43 of 44 | Posted by: Dale and Cindy Rufenacht - TX
“Gary, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you peace in this most difficult time.
Betty Jo Sarrels Gann
44 of 44 | Posted by: Betty Jo Sarrels Gann - Davidson, NC
DIANA LEE BRACY COMPTON, a beautiful lady both inside and out, died peacefully at home on Monday night, February 11, 2013, with her beloved husband Gary at her side. She quietly battled myeloma for the past 12 years, and succumbed to complications of the disease and congestive heart failure.
Diana was born in Childress, Texas, February 15, 1947, the only child of Wayne and Alice Bracy. She was raised in Childress by her mother and grandparents. She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, in three years with honors, at Texas Tech University, where she was a member of the Fashion Board. Her natural gifts in fashion and design were a part of her life. Her keen abilities to put together colors, fabrics, and art were reflected in her home and all she did.
She married her lifetime companion, sweetheart, and best friend, Gary Compton, on August 15, 1970. They first met when they were nine months old. She and Gary lived in Waco, while Gary attended law school, then they moved back to Amarillo. While in Amarillo, Diana used her talents and training to serve as a buyer and became an integral part of the team at Colbert's Department Store. Later, she was president of a natural gas marketing company and was active in the family's oil and gas business.
Diana was a loving help-mate and support for Gary, both personally and professionally. She was a gracious hostess and entertained many friends and colleagues in both Amarillo and Austin. Diana truly loved being in Austin and developed many friends and special interests over the years.
Diana was a caring person who reached out to others in need. She also supported many causes such as Angel Flight, Hospice Austin, Humane Society, Texas Tech University and Baylor University.
Diana was a friend of the heart to many. She made others feel special, whether because of a special event, or just because she wanted to share her love of life with them. She had many dear friends and enjoyed time with them, whether in a book club, over lunches or dinners, at political events, or traveling to special places. She will be deeply missed by many.
Diana also adored her extended family of pets be it dogs, cats, or parrots over the years. Elizabeth, Savannah, Victoria, and Albert held a special place in her heart.
Gary is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support shown to Diana and him during these past four months as her health deteriorated. She never said anything about her cancer or how sick she really was because she didn't want her family or friends to worry about her.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society, 124 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752; Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78759; or a charity of your choice.
Diana is survived by her beloved husband, Gary, who was always by her side; brother-in-law, Terry Compton and family; cousin, Andrew Ralston and family; Godchildren, Madison Golightly and Wilson Golightly, and many friends.
There will be a memorial service at the Texas State Cemetery, Saturday, February 16, 11:00 a.m.