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Diane Crowder

October 17, 1945 — August 16, 2023

Diane Crowder, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was called home to be with the Lord on August 16, 2023, joining her late husband Joseph Crowder of 51 years. Born on October 17, 1945, in Roanoke Rapids, NC, Diane was a beacon of love, selflessness, and thoughtfulness to all who knew her. She was a woman of faith, a woman of strength, and a woman of unwavering love for her family and friends.

Diane was the cherished daughter of the late Annie Draper Leggett and James C. Leggett. She was the beloved sister of Annie Louise and the proud mother of Crystal Norris (Brian) of Travelers Rest, SC, Jamie Crowder (Christy) of Greer, SC, Eric Crowder (Lacie) of Greer, SC, Rhonda Bailey (Chris) of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Ricky Ogburn (Deborah) of Roanoke Rapids, NC. She was also the doting grandmother to Hunter Crowder and Anna Reeves (Tyler) of Duncan, whom she raised with all the love in her heart.

Diane was blessed with a large and loving family. She was the proud grandmother to Alex Norris (Becky), Tiffany Norris, Kristian Gaitor, Patrick and Gracie Norris , Crystal Norris, Raelyn Crowder, Erica Crowder, Joseph Derick (Bubba), Corie Kennedy (Megan), Josh Bennett (Lauren), Katie Debruhl (Collin), Heather Ogburn (Tim), Brandy Ogburn (Corey), Erica Matthews, Chloe Cochran, and Madison Bailey. She was also the great-grandmother to Kayden, Kaegan, Kvelyn, Kohynn, Kataleya Greene, Tyler, Leland, Gabi Heustess, Letti Ivey, Priscilla Crowder, Madolyn Lassiter, Brantley Lillibridge, Natalie Lillibridge, Austin Lillibridge, and the soon-to-be-born Vivian Lassiter.

A graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School, Diane was a lifelong learner who had a passion for knowledge. She turned her love for antiquing, flea markets, and collecting into a successful business as an antique store owner. Her interests were as varied as they were numerous, including gardening, researching, fashion, games, arts and crafts, and reading the Bible. Her biggest achievement, she would often say, was quitting smoking, a testament to her determination and strength of character.

Diane's life was a testament to her faith and her love for her family. She was a woman who lived her life with grace and dignity, always putting the needs of others before her own. Her home was a place of warmth and hospitality, where all were welcome and everyone was treated like family. She was a woman who believed in the power of love and the importance of family, and she instilled these values in her children and grandchildren.

Diane's legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew her. Her love, her kindness, and her spirit will continue to inspire and guide us. She was a woman of faith, a woman of love, and a woman of strength. She was our beloved Diane, and she will be deeply missed.

As we mourn the loss of our beloved Diane, we also celebrate her life and the love she shared with us. We remember her not just as the woman she was, but also as the woman she inspired us to be. We remember her as a woman of faith, of love, and of strength. We remember her as our beloved Diane.

In the words of the Good Book that Diane so loved to read, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Diane Crowder, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Now there is in store for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to you on that day. Rest in peace, dear Diane. Your memory will forever be a blessing.

A memorial gathering to commemorate her life will be held at her home on August 26th, 2023.

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