Diann was born June 24, 1947 in Ararat, VA; she passed away at home with family on February 9, 2015 in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Wake Chapel Christian Church, 905 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC. Burial will be at Wake Chapel Memorial Gardens at a later date.
She battled ovarian cancer for the past 19 years. Throughout this time, she maintained a positive attitude, and steadfast love for life and her family. She served everyone she came in contact with and was an inspiration to all in her battle with cancer.
Diann retired after 23 years with the Federal Office of Personnel Management in Raleigh, NC. She owned and operated a small business with her husband, which was sold due to her cancer diagnoses. She was later employed by SAS in Cary, NC for a period while undergoing treatments.
She was the daughter of the late Nancy Nell Noonkester Harris and the late James H. McBride.
Diann is survived by her husband, Robert A. Nelson; daughters, Kelli Westmoreland and Kimberly Ayscue; three grandsons, Vince, Spencer, and Harley of New Hill, NC; sisters, Wanda Harris and Pam Inscore of King, NC, Jo Ann King and brothers, Phil Harris and Bill Harris all of Mt. Airy, NC; step children, Brenda Maltz of Olympia, WA, Tina Darnell and Bob Nelson of Springdale, AR.
The family wishes to express thanks to all of Diann's friends for their unending support and love during her long battle with cancer. A special thanks to Dr. Leslie Walton, Dr. Linda Van Le and the entire staff of UNC, OB/GYN Oncology University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Thomas Funeral Home, 401 N Ennis Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC.
In her honor the family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Wake Chapel Christian Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.thomasfu neral.com